Importance of Dental Hygiene on Halloween Night

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

We all know this, but candy is bad for our teeth. Renee Bryant, a dental hygienist, did say some candy is better than other types.

"The little miniature Hershey's is going to be better than the Starbursts or the Airheads. They're both very, very sticky," said Bryant.

Barbara Hensley and her sisters picked a variety of candy this year.

"I'm giving out everything imaginable, Snickers, Kit Kats, everything chocolaty pretty much," said Hensley.

Bryant discussed whether it was better to eat all the candy at once or over a long period of time.

"If you're just going to sit down and tear into it, it's better just to get it all over with. No it's not sitting there, everyday, frequently, having a handful of it," said Bryant.

Hensley did both.

"We ate till we got sick. Then we did it again, the next day," said Hensley.

Eat all the candy you want on Halloween night, but remember flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth.

"You need to brush, brush well. Floss your teeth, get all that sticky stuff out from between your teeth, that you feel like you've got out when you brush, but you haven't. You've just helped smash it in and smooth it down. Floss that out, and get your over the counter fluoride rinse," said Bryant.

Keep in mind when you use a fluoride rinse, do not eat or drink for 30 minutes to let it work.

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