Halloween is a spooky time filled with candy and costumes. However, it can wreak havoc on your teeth if you aren't careful. Taking careful care of your oral health during Halloween will ensure you have all the candy and fun you can want.
The Sugary Stuff
We all know that too many sweets are bad for your teeth. The excess sugar can coat your teeth and encourage bacterial growth. If sugar consumption continues, it feeds the growing bacteria colony and can lead to gum disease and cavities.
However, Halloween does mean a sugar binge for a lot of people. If you time your sugary indulgences well, and keep up with your oral hygiene there is no reason you can't have a sweet or two.
The primary reason candy causes such a huge issue for oral health is the additional sugar production. Thankfully you can do a few additional things to limit the sugar's impact on your oral health:
- Drink Water- Drinking water after you eat candy helps to remove the excess sugar from your teeth.
- Eat Candy With Dinner- Eating candy during a meal means there will be additional saliva available to wash away excess sugar. This will help to curb the bacteria from producing acid that erodes your teeth.
- Chew Sugarless Gum- Sugarless gum will produce saliva in your mouth, while the gum itself will help to cleanse your teeth.
No matter how you decide to deal with your candy cravings, you should always follow your regular oral hygeine program.
Things That Go Bump In The Night
Cosmetic teeth come in temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent forms. For the cheaper variety that you can find in many costume shops, you should always inspect plastic teeth before you place them in your mouth. Sometimes their edges can be sharp which can lead to cut gums. If you sense any discomfort, you should look for a different pair.
More permanent fangs can be installed by your dentist. Your dentist will make fang-shaped caps out of the same acrylic they use to make dental crowns. These fangs will be affixed to your teeth with an adhesive that coincides with how long you want the fangs on your teeth. If you opt for a less permanent option, your dentist will request that you schedule a follow up appointment to have the fangs removed after Halloween.
If you're looking for permanent vampire fangs you will want to find an artistic dentist. An artistic dentist will be able to make you more permanent caps or permanently file your teeth to resemble fangs. Visit a site like http://belgradedental.com/ for more help.