Anthem, Inc. Offers Six Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Mouth During Halloween

Follow these tips to avoid a scary scenario this year

INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Halloween is almost here and that usually means people are going to eat
sweet treats, experience good times and have some scary fun – sometimes,
at the expense of their oral health.

To help children and adults maintain a healthy mouth while they
celebrate Halloween, Dr. George Koumaras, national dental director for
Anthem, Inc., offers the following tips:

  1. Limit the amount of sticky and/or chewy candies. When attending
    Halloween parties and events, it’s very easy to munch on mouthwatering
    pieces of sticky or chewy sweets like caramel, toffee and fudge. Just
    remember, candies that stick to the teeth take longer to get washed
    away by saliva and can increase the risk for tooth decay. In addition,
    some of the stickier candies and desserts can loosen or remove
    fillings, crowns and other dental work.
  2. Don’t use the teeth. Children and adults can get so caught up
    in the excitement of opening candy wrappers that they decide to use
    their teeth to open the packaging. Try to avoid using teeth as
    a pair of scissors because this type of wear and tear can cause teeth
    to crack, chip and even break!
  3. Avoid hard candy and other sweets that might stay in the mouth for
    a long period of time.
    The quantity and the amount of time sugary
    foods and sweets stay in the mouth plays a major role in tooth decay.
    If children or adults must absolutely have candy, the best types to
    eat are those that dissolve quickly such as chocolate bars. Since they
    dissolve so quickly, the sugar in the candy is in the mouth for a very
    short time. If people are trying to avoid super sweet/sugary treats,
    they should consider eating a piece of fruit.
  4. Water things down. When teeth are in constant contact with
    candy and beverages that contain sugar, there is an increased risk of
    tooth decay. Balance things out by drinking water in between eating
    candy and drinking sugary beverages.
  5. Just “two” it. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends
    people brush their teeth two times a day for two minutes. During the
    Halloween season, it may be a good idea to brush teeth immediately
    after eating candy, especially the candy that is sticky. The simple
    habit of regular brushing can make a big difference over time.
  6. Visit the dentist. Remember to schedule a checkup appointment
    with the dentist. It’s important to maintain regular and routine
    preventive dental care during Halloween and throughout the year
    because a regular dental exam can bring attention to issues that
    aren’t visible or painful in the early stages. A dentist can spot
    early warning signs in the mouth that may indicate disease elsewhere
    in the body1.

Enjoy the fun and scary celebrations this Halloween and remember to keep
Dr. Koumaras’ tips in mind.

Source:

1-American Dental Association: http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/dentists-doctors-of-oral-health

About Anthem, Inc.

Anthem is working to transform health care with trusted and caring
solutions. Our health plan companies deliver quality products and
services that give their members access to the care they need. With
nearly 70 million people served by its affiliated companies, including
more than 38 million enrolled in its family of health plans, Anthem is
one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies. For more
information about Anthem’s family of companies, please visit www.antheminc.com/companies.

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Anthem, Inc.
Media Contact:
Donna Page,
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