Halloween is a night for trick-or-treat, scary ghosts, witches and lots of fun. However it can also mean lots of sweets and tooth decay. We recommend replacing sugary treats with healthier alternatives like these http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/healthy-eating/deliciously-ella-s-healthy-halloween-recipes/, but everyone deserves the occasional treat so here are our tips for a tooth friendly Halloween.
Eat Halloween sweets (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.
Choose your victims wisely
Avoid hard sweets and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. The longer your teeth are under attack from sugar, the higher the risk of tooth decay. Sticky sweets also cling to your teeth and it takes the sugar longer to be washed away by saliva, increasing the risk of tooth decay.
Try to avoid fizzy drinks, sports drinks and flavoured waters. When teeth come in frequent contact with beverages that contain sugar, the risk of tooth decay is increased. Instead, drink tap water; like saliva, water helps to wash away bacteria and acids, but it also has the added benefit of containing fluoride, which will help in the battle of preventing tooth decay.
Rest in peace for 30 minutes
It’s really important to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, but we recommend not brushing your teeth straight after you’ve consumed sugar, as this can cause more damage by brushing the sugar into your teeth. Instead, wait 30 minutes then brush as normal.
Some dental Halloween jokes
What do a Vampire and false teeth have in common? They both come out at night!
Why does a Vampire brush his teeth three times a day? To prevent bat breath!
What time was the Vampire’s dentist appointment? Tooth-thirty!
What did the Vampire say after he visited the dentist? Fangs very much!
What did the dentist say at the end of the Mummy’s appointment? Let’s wrap this up.