5 ways to keep your fangs healthy this Halloween!
Stay away from things that stick
The length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay. Unless it is a sugar-free product, sweets that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk of tooth decay. The stickier sweets, like toffee and jelly sweets, take longer to get washed away by saliva.
Instead of sweeties, consider chewing gum. Studies show that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals helps reduce tooth decay, because increased saliva flow helps wash out food and neutralize the acid produced by dental plaque bacteria.
Avoid drinks with added sugar
When teeth come in frequent contact with drinks that contain sugar, the risk of tooth decay is increased. Straws have been found to help prevent tooth decay as they lessen the contact sugary drinks have with teeth during drinking. According to recent government guidelines, plastic straws may be banned in the UK from as soon as 2019. Straws for life, compostable straws made from plant proteins and paper straws with wax coatings are all viable options and help save the planet at the same time.
Try and eat sweets with meals
We know sweets can be hard to resist, especially when you have all that hard work trick or treating for it! If you can, try and eat Halloween sweets and other sugary foods with meals or shortly after mealtime. That's because saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.
Tooth-friendly Halloween themed food
Halloween is not just about the sweets! Get your kids excited about Halloween themed foods that are healthier and kinder to teeth. As part of our partnership with Crummy Mummy, check out these five easy peasy healthy Halloween treats for your Halloween tea. They're all no-cook, so perfect if you're a busy parent, all but one of the treats is made with just two ingredients, and they're lunchbox-friendly too.
Enjoy this Halloween with pumpkin carving, games, spooktacular food and don't forget to look after those fangs!