Celebrating Halloween is a fun tradition that helps ease the transition from the warm, vibrant days of Summer into the shorter, colder days of Winter. With the MouthWatchers headquarters located only about 3.5 miles from downtown Salem, MA, we are entrenched in all things Halloween. So, we aren’t shy about spider-web decorations, goblin masks, and of course filling our sacks with pounds of little bite-sized candies! Of course, that sugar spike that lasts well into November is a potential hazard to your oral health. Which is why November 1st is strategically planned as “National Brush Your Teeth Day”!
Now is a great time to remind kids, and adults just the same, the importance of daily maintenance of oral health. Sugar can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums without proper mitigation. Your mouth’s micro-environment consists of hundreds of different bacteria. Some are good for you, while others are harmful. The harmful bacteria thrive on sugars. When they digest sugar, they create acids as a waste product. This acid can deteriorate the enamel of your teeth, causing tooth decay. As the decay progresses you will notice a toothache or sensitivity when ingesting sweet, hot or cold food and drinks. When you practice good oral hygiene, you are interrupting this process.
To help inform good oral hygiene practices, here is a refresher of the steps dental professionals advise you take:
Here at Mouth Watchers, we love to enjoy all that Halloween has to offer. But we can’t forget the importance of balancing indulgence and good health. Teaching kids good oral hygiene, and following it yourself as well, will ensure the whole family has the necessary equipment for biting into a delicious caramel apple for many years to come!