October is National Dental Hygiene Month, but it also brings Fall and a very popular holiday: Halloween. With the additional amount of candy, learn how you can protect your teeth this month.
Oral Hygiene and Halloween
With the start of Fall comes our preparations for Halloween. At our office, we don’t ban sweets (many of us have a sweet tooth!) but we do encourage healthy brushing and flossing after eating sweets. Since it is National Dental Hygiene Month, we asked our amazing hygienists on their thoughts on oral hygiene and Halloween candy.
What Do Our Dental Hygienists Have To Say?
Diane is passionate about patient dental hygiene education and strives to help her patients achieve a healthy and beautiful smile! Outside of the office, she enjoys travel, family, and gardening. DIANE’S ADVICE: “Stay away from sticky candy because it can get into the grooves of the enamel and be difficult to remove. It can cause cavities if it isn’t cleaned out. And make sure to brush your teeth.”
Nancy has been a dental hygienist at Smile Studio 87 for more than 7 years. In her free time, Nancy likes to paint and run marathons. NANCY’S ADVICE: “First, limit the amount of candy you eat on Halloween. Also, be careful with the chewy candies like Tootsie Rolls and Starburst because you might have to come into our office with a toothache afterwards! If you ate sweets and don’t have a toothbrush, drink or swish water around your mouth so the sugar doesn’t just sit on your teeth.”
Enjoy Candy While Protecting Your Teeth
No matter what your plans are this Fall season, we hope you stay safe, have fun, and keep up your brushing and flossing routine! And remember: if you are due for a hygiene cleaning, the schedule near the end of the year fills up quickly.