Dental Tips for a Healthy Halloween

from Nelson Y. Howard, D.D.S., A.A.A.C.D

Some tips to make Halloween a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone:

  1. Always check treats to make sure they’re safe and sealed before being eaten. Treats can wait to be eaten until you’re home. Never eat anything that looks suspicious. If a treat looks questionable,  throw it away. Best to be safe.
  2. When it comes to eating sweets, use moderation. Too much sugar consumed at one time can cause many side effects such as jitteriness, hyperactivity, overstimulation of insulin to counteract the effects of the sugar rush in your body, headaches, stomach and intestinal pains, inability to sleep well due to your body trying to metabolize and process the extra sugar, just to name a few.
  3. It’s a good idea to rinse your mouth with water after eating any form of sugars to lessen the direct effects of sugars on your teeth and/or brush and floss your teeth to clean them from the sticky film that forms on teeth after eating sugars.
  4. When eating sweets, the less-sticky ones the better. Caramels, Gummy Bears, taffy, Jujubes, Now & Laters, etc. all are worse than chocolates or even sugar type drinks because of they sit longer on the teeth due to stickiness.
  5. Sugars consumed convert themselves to acids in your mouth which can lead to dental decay (cavities) and demineralization (weakening) of the outer layer of tooth structure called “enamel.”  Some children and adults are more predisposed to developing sugar-related dental conditions especially during orthodontics or if the tooth structure was poorly formed due to genetic development. Seeing your dentist regularly helps prevent problems from developing and getting worse. Best to have a check-up scheduled either before or soon after Halloween.

Dr. Nelson Y. Howard graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry and completed a one-year General Practice Residency at the V.A. Medical Center in West Los Angeles, California. He has two full service private practices focusing on Cosmetic, Functional, Implant, and Restorative Dentistry at his Center for Advanced Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in the cities of San Marcos and Rancho Bernardo, California.

For additional information please contact Nelson Y. Howard, D.D.S., A.A.A.C.D.