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How To Cage Your Sweet Tooth and Protect Dental Health for Halloween

October 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — parksidedental @ 2:25 pm
A bucket of Halloween treats that can hurt dental health

As the lights dim and the moon comes out over Halloween night, a very peculiar monster comes out from hiding—the sweet tooth. It’s a monster that stirs your cravings for sugar and tells you not to worry about what they’ll do to your teeth.

If you struggle with this sweet tooth creature and want to put it in a cage this Halloween, continue reading. You’ll find four helpful pieces of advice for doing just that.

1. Eat Natural Sweets

Instead of reaching for candies loaded with processed sugar, consider natural sweets. Fruits like apples, berries, or slices of watermelon not only satisfy your sweet cravings but also provide essential vitamins and fiber that benefit your overall health.

This way, you can enjoy a treat without subjecting your teeth to the harmful effects of processed sugars.

2. Satisfy Hunger with the Correct Nutrition

Often, sugar cravings can be a sign of an underlying lack of nutrition. Instead of binging on sugary snacks, focus on satisfying your hunger with nutrient-rich foods.

A well-balanced diet that includes protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and water can keep you satiated. This will reduce the likelihood of zombie-snacking on cavity-causing treats.

3. Do a Trick-Or-Treat Fun Run

Go outside and get some physical activity as part of your Halloween festivities. This can be a fun and effective way to counteract the effects of sweet indulgences. Organize a Trick-Or-Treat Fun Run with friends, family, or neighbors, combining the thrill of Halloween trick-or-treating with the benefits of exercise.

This not only burns off some of those extra calories but also promotes overall well-being, including dental health!

4. Talk with Yourself in a Dark Mirror

Okay, it doesn’t need to be dark, you don’t need a mirror, and you don’t have to talk to yourself out loud, but it could be more fun.

You just need to have a conversation with yourself about your goals and how you want to reach them. Since it’s a one-way conversation, you can be honest and open. Are your cravings for sugar real? Or is it the result of habit? If you have a genuine craving, you can start to rewire your brain. Start by satisfying it with more natural sugars like herbal tea and apples!

So, if you’re struggling with getting that sweet tooth to cooperate, you now have some tools you can use. Remember, it’s not all about sugar, it’s also about your relationship with it, and how it affects you. It’s perfectly fine to engage in Halloween fun, just don’t let the sweet tooth win out.

About the Author

Dr. John Moneyhun is a passionate dentist with a big heart. His favorite part of his job is helping people smile with confidence. Dr. Moneyhun earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, and has since then strived to stay ahead of the curve on dental techniques and practices through the world-renowned Dawson Academy and Gordon Christensen’s Practical Clinical Courses. To schedule an appointment at Parkside Dental LLC, call (864) 800-1691 or visit the website to explore other services.

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