At this time of year sales of sweets are soaring in preparation for the sugar-fest that is Halloween. But it is only once a year, and with a bit of planning, you can have your cake, or sweets and enjoy them too.
Chew on Chocolate
Chocolate is soft and melts easily, but it is better to chew it and not suck it. When you suck on chocolate, it takes longer to melt and is in contact with teeth for longer, increasing the risk of cavities. Generally, chocolate is a good choice for Halloween treats because it won’t last very long in the mouth.
Slurp Don’t Sip Fruit Juice or Fizzy Drinks
Fruit juices and fizzy drinks are terrible for teeth, but the sooner you guzzle them down, the better as it reduces the time your teeth are bathed in sugars.
Sticky Sweets are Worst for Teeth
Sticky sweets like caramels, taffy and toffees are terrible for teeth. They take ages to eat, and once you finally swallow the last sugary fragment, you can be sure plenty more remain trapped on and between your teeth.
After eating anything sweet, rinse your mouth with water and wait half an hour before brushing. It allows acidity levels to normalise in your mouth, reducing the damage to your pearly whites.