By LORI I. SERNA BSDH, MEd
Special to the Saipan Tribune
It is Halloween once again the time of year, in which the most amount of candy is sold. In our minds Halloween is known for costumes and dress-ups but just as well it is known for candy. Being a dental hygienist, I am not a big fan of candy but being a child at heart, as well as a mother of two small children, I do have to admit that Halloween is my favorite holiday. You are probably wondering how I reconcile these two.
For starters I make sure my children and I follow simple rules that allow us to eat candy and avoid cavities at the same time.
Did you know that there are simple rules that anyone can follow to avoid risking cavities? Make sure to read them and follow them, so you too can enjoy the treats without playing tricks on your teeth.
1. Avoid HARD candy at all times: Lollipops and hard candy place your teeth at risk while they are melting in your mouth. The longer the hard candy is in your mouth the longer your teeth are at risk.
2. Always eat your sweets with a meal: When we are eating a regular meal the inside of the mouth is ready to digest food.
3. Only drink water between meals: Sugared beverages such as juice and soda are high in sugar. Try to drink more water and less juice and sodas.
4. If you must eat between meals, make healthy choices such as boiled eggs, hard cheese and nuts as well as fruit and vegetables.
5. Take care of your smile by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.