Halloween is a fun time of year when children across the country get to load up their bags and pails with endless, sugary delights! While everyone – regardless of their age – likes to enjoy some sweets now and then, it’s important to keep your children (and yourself!) from constantly grabbing those Halloween candies.
Some important ways to make sure those treats don’t lead to unwanted tricks on your teeth is to closely monitor the level of consumption, eat sweets right after meals (while saliva production is higher), drink plenty of water, ensure everyone is maintaining their oral care routines (brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash), and consider whether you really need to keep the entire bag of candy in your home.
Another great way approach is to increase teeth-healthy foods into your diets! The body is nourished by what you feed it, and your teeth are an important part of your body!
Almonds are good for your teeth. They are low in sugar, a good source of calcium, and a good source of protein. Calcium and protein are nutrients that strengthen tooth enamel.
Cheese unleashes calcium that mixes with plaque and sticks to the teeth. This can protect teeth from the acid that causes decay. Cheese also contains calcium and protein.
Some fruits and raw vegetables (think apples, carrots and celery) can help clean plaque from teeth and can even help to freshen your breath. Limit fruits that are high in acid as acid can be hard on tooth enamel.
Yogurt is another good choice. It’s also high in calcium and protein and the probiotics in yogurt may also benefit your gums.
Leafy greens (such as kale and spinach) are high in calcium and also contain folic acid, a type of B vitamin that can promote a healthy mouth and supports cell growth throughout the entire body.
Milk is rich in calcium and vitamin D which helps to promote both healthy teeth and bones.
The content above is applicable for many of our Mainstream Dental patients Your individual circumstances may alter the suggestions or instructions being provided. Please contact Dr. Jeffrey Fortna for an appointment to discuss your unique dental needs.