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Did you know that in order to just burn off 5 fun size candy bars, you will need to walk over 2 miles? Exercise may help you with your waistline, but does very little to help combat the ghoulish threats that seek to assault your teeth and gums. To help combat the sugary onslaught on your mouth this season, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Avoid hard candy, which can chip teeth, and is difficult to brush away, or sticky candy, which can stick to the teeth’s enamel, and speed up the rate of tooth decay.
  • Be sure to remember that the longer candy is in contact with your teeth, the longer tooth decay can occur. As always, be sure to brush and floss.
  • Visit your dentist for an oral exam and professional cleaning.
  • Try to indulge in healthy treats. Your sweet tooth need not be limited only to sugary snacks this season.
  • If you have children, swap out their candy for toys they may have been interested in, as a way for them to enjoy the joys of trick-or-treating, but also to stop them from eating buckets of candy afterward. You could also offer a buyback program to the child, and offer the child money, or incentives, in exchange for their candy.
  • Dispose of any extra candy lying around after the holiday, as you may find yourself eating it for weeks afterward.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us to at 405-752-0600, or stop by our office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. From everyone at Dr. Tim J Brooks, DDS, we wish you a safe, fun, and happy Halloween!