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Halloween is around the corner, which for
most children means bags of free candy and a
chance to build up the stockpile
of sweets for the winter. Being one of the most fun times of the year for
families, Halloween can also present parents with a variety of health and
American Dental Association, America's premier source of oral health
information, has prepared a list of 10 suggestions to help parents maintain good
oral health for their children around the Halloween holiday and throughout the
1.Consume Halloween candy and other sugary foods with meals.
Saliva production increases during meals and helps neutralize acids produced by
bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.
2.Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long
time. Besides how often you
snack, the length of time food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay.
Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long
period of time subject teeth to prolonged acid attack, increasing the risk for
3.Avoid sticky candies that cling to your teeth. The stickier candies, like
taffy and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the
risk for tooth decay.
Your oral health routine should always
include brushing your tongue with your toothbrush or using a tongue scraper,
which you can find in the dental products aisle at the drugstore. That’s
important because foods can get stuck in the grooves of your tongue, causing
bacteria to grow. Otheroral health problems that can develop if you don't clean your tongue are a bad taste
in your mouth, staining on your tongue, and bad breath, Abayon says.
We've all been told to avoid red wine, dark berries,
and black coffee in our quests for pearly whites, but what about foods that
actually brighten your smile? Try these natural solutions for a brilliant beam.
| By Julia Marino
They may be bright red, but malic acid, a chief component of this summery
fruit, acts as a natural astringent to remove surface tooth discoloration, says
Dr. Irwin Smigel, president of the American Society for Dental Aesthetics.
Fresh, juicy strawberries taste great in any meal—salads, desserts, cereal—and
are widely available at farmers markets this time of year, so getting your
daily dose is both simple and delicious.
Apples The loud crunch you
hear when you bite into this hard fruit may be annoying, but it's also good for
your choppers. Apples' crispiness strengthens gums, and their high water
content increases saliva production, dispersing and neutralizing colonies of
bacteria that lead to bad breath and plaque, says Smigel.
Water Drink lots of water to keep your
mouth hydrated and your smile bright, advises Smigel, who recommends sipping
and swishing between glasses of wine and when eating dark, pigmented foods to
prevent staining. However, while water reduces the acidity in your mouth and
the resulting damage to your enamel, Dr. Smigel warns against imbibing too much
sparkling water, which has greater potential to erode enamel and harm teeth.