How to Have a Teeth-Friendly Halloween

Boutique Dentistry for Nashville, Tennessee

At the Center for Advanced Dentistry, we love family and we love Nashville, so we would never suggest that you refrain from a candy-laden holiday such as Halloween simply for the benefit of your general or cosmetic dentistry health.

But when you consider that the average American is already consuming around 22 teaspoons of sugars a day, according to the American Heart Association, and that sugar can wreak havoc on your body as well as your teeth, we would like to suggest a smart approach to Halloween.

Here are three tips from your Nashville dentist for coping with Halloween candy:

  • Halloween Candy Smarts No. 1: Be a treats snob. Steer clear of hard, sticky candy that allow sugar to hug your teeth. Because the longer period of time that a piece of candy stays in your mouth, the more likely it will contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Sugary beverages like soda pop or energy drinks also tend to allow sweets to linger in your mouth and on your teeth.
  • Halloween Candy Smarts No. 2: Drink plenty of water. This will help wash sugar away, and bottled water may have the added benefit of being fluoridated.
  • Halloween Candy Smarts No. 2: Buck up your dental health routine. Always remember to brush at least twice a day and clean/floss between your teeth. But especially when you're eating candy and other sweets, it's perfectly fine to add an additional brushing and flossing session to your day.

But, when even the cutest costumed goblins and princesses prevent you from smiling due to cosmetic or restorative dentistry problems, you deserve to find out your options for healing your smile as well as your self-esteem by calling the Center for Advanced Dentistry in Nashville and scheduling an appointment with Dr. Kent White: (615) 383-6787.