Another post about Halloween candy? Yes, but we promise this will be the last one for a while. We just want emphasize that too much or the wrong types of candy can do major damage to your teeth and orthodontic braces. It's important to note, however, that Halloween isn't the only time of the year when you should be concerned about eating too many sugary treats. Once the holiday is over you must continue to watch what you eat and follow your orthodontist's instructions for keeping your teeth clean.
The following are more things to consider when you eat candy during Halloween or any other time of the year:
- Know when to brush – For the most part, you should brush and floss your teeth immediately after eating candy. The exception to this rule is sour or acidic snacks. Brushing your teeth immediately after eating will spread acidic particles to other teeth. Ideally, you should wait at least 30 minutes and rinse your mouth out with water before attempting to clean your teeth.
- Candy is not a substitute for actual food – It's okay to eat a few pieces of candy along with a nutritious meal. In a press release from the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Mark Malterud said that "Chewing during a meal stimulates saliva, which has protective enzymes and minerals to cleanse the teeth and protect against cavities." He also noted that real food will also fill your stomach and hopefully deter you from eating too much candy.
We at Upper Eastside Orthodontists hope you have a safe and fun Halloween! Once the festivities are over, don't forget to check in with your general dentist and New York City orthodontist to make sure that your teeth are healthy.