It's the sweetest, stickiest night of the year. Yum! All those chewy candies and lickable lollipops. My favourites are the mini chocolate bars (of course!) Boo loves Rockets. And Doritos. Hubs grabs the Tootsie Rolls. Hallowe'en night is a bit of a free-for-all around here, especially when it falls on a weekend. And then there's still masses of candy left over for the days to come. It's delicious of course, but it can play havoc with your dental health if you're not careful.
Arm & Hammer offers up these tips for choosing the right tools and using the right techniques to keep your teeth clean in face of the sugar onslaught.
First off, make sure you are equipped with the right tools. The Truly Radiant™ Extra White Manual
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, 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.
Lastly, how old is your toothbrush? 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.
Use these brushing techniques to scare those cavities away for good!