Kids everywhere are counting the days until Halloween. They’ve got their costumes picked out, route planned and dreams of mini chocolate bars dance in their heads!
Fall baking and left over Halloween candy are delicious but absolutely spell trouble for the teeth. Make sure you and your family are up to speed on the best ways to avoid cavities. Using the right tools and techniques can help stop cavities from digging a ghoulish hole in your teeth.
First off, make sure you are equipped with the right tools. The Truly Radiant™ Extra White Manual Toothbrush is the only manual brush that features a unique rotating head, plus elongated all-access bristles designed to blast away surface stains. Using this brush will not only help keep teeth pearly white, it will also help brush away any newly formed cavities caused by Halloween overindulgence. Pair this with the Truly Radiant™ Rejuvenating Toothpaste and you have yourself a winning cavity fighting pair.
Perfect technique is important too. The best way to clean your teeth is to hold the brush at a 45-degree angle using short strokes and an up and down motion. Brushing like this will help remove any plaque or bacteria that can build up on the teeth and gums. Most dentists recommend brushing for a minimum of two minutes to thoroughly remove plaque and combat bad breath. When brushing off those sugar bugs you want to make sure your little ghosts and goblins brush for a full two minutes as well.
When brushing, be gentle and avoid brushing too hard. Make sure the entire mouth gets cleaned by brushing the outer and inner tooth surfaces, back molars, and by doing a few passes over the tongue, a popular spot for bacteria. Using a soft toothbrush is very important and make sure you can get in all the tight spots.
Your best tip to fight Halloween sugar? Make sure your toothbrush is still effective. If the bristles are starting to separate or look frayed it is probably time for a new one. Three to four months is usually a good guideline for toothbrush longevity.
Using the right toothpaste and toothbrush ensures that you will chase those sugar bugs away for good!
Happy Trick or Treating!
Disclosure: I am a Brand Ambassador for Church & Dwight. Products and information are supplied, but as always, all opinions are my own.
Simon @ AuthorityDental says
A pretty easy way to get your kids to brush is just to tell them they can’t eat their candy unless they brush afterwards. Strangely it seems to work every time! ;)
Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel says
Yes! That is a great tip!
Oral hygiene is important at any age. It is important to have the right tools and the right technique. Thank you for sharing!
It’s so important to keep dental hygiene in mind this time of year when sugary treats seem to be everywhere. Thanks for the reminder!
Great advice! Make sure the kids aren’t sneaking candy after brushing teeth too! Thanks for sharing this how-to.