Healthy Halloween Smile Tips from DentalPlans.com
PLANTATION, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#candy–Halloween is a scary season for teeth. Americans are expected to spend
$2.6 billion on candy for the holiday this year.
Sugary, sticky treats are among the leading causes of dental decay, so
it’s no surprise that October is also National Dental Hygiene Month.
The American Dental Hygienists Association stresses
that regular check-ups and cleanings along with at-home care can prevent
virtually all dental problems.
To help keep teeth and gums healthy while still enjoying Halloween
festivities, follow these tips:
- Avoid sticky and acidic candy: hard or sour candy and gummies
cling to the teeth and provide a steady source of fuel for the oral
bacteria that cause dental decay. Acidic candy, such as
citrus-flavored items, can weaken tooth enamel. And chewy candies can
also crack or break teeth. Skip the candy corn and caramel
apples—plain chocolate is actually among the best sweet treats.
- Wait before brushing: teeth that have been exposed to acidic
foods or drinks, or a sugar overload, need a little time to toughen up
before being brushed. Rinse gently with plain water right afterwards,
and wait an hour to brush.
- Chew gum: The American Dental Association suggests
chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals and/or snacks can
help prevent decay by increasing saliva flow that neutralizes oral
acidity levels and washing away food that is clinging to teeth.
- Time treats: have a treat with a meal instead of consuming
candy between meals. Saliva flow increases during meals, helping to
rinse food particles from teeth and avoid tooth decay. And snacking
all day on “fun size” candy bars continuously fuels oral
- Keep it clean: control plaque by brushing thoroughly twice a
day plus daily flossing, along with regular professional cleanings.
During a cleaning, the dental hygienist examines the patient’s mouth for
cavities and evidence of gum disease, which can lead to bigger problems
down the line. The hygienist can develop a plan to manage or treat any
issues early on by removing plaque (a biofilm that contains bacteria)
and calculus (tartar) from both above and below the gum line.
“Since medical research is increasingly finding connections between oral
health and medical conditions such as heart disease, stroke,
osteoporosis and dementia, preventative dental care is critical to
maintaining overall health,” said Bill Chase, senior vice-president of
marketing at DentalPlans.com.
“And with regular preventative checkups and cleanings, and instilling
good oral health practices at home, you’re much less likely to need
costly treatments intended to salvage or replace decaying, weak teeth,”
Dental insurance typically covers the full cost of checkups and
cleanings. But those who don’t have insurance can rely on a dental
savings plan to make regular preventive care affordable.
Dental savings plans are an affordable alternative to dental insurance.
Plan members pay a low annual membership fee for access to an extensive
network of participating dentists and dental specialists that provide
discounts—typically 10%-60%—on dental care at the time of service.
Preventive care is included in dental savings plans, as well as
treatments not typically covered by dental insurance such as dental
implants and cosmetic services such as teeth whitening.
Find out more about dental savings plans on dentalplans.com,
or by calling 844-779-1021.
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online marketplace in the U.S., helping more than a million people to
affordably access quality healthcare services. Our mission is to empower
consumers with the tools, information, and services that they need to
live happier, healthier lives. www.dentalplans.com.