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Saving your teeth from those sweet treats.

Halloween Saving your teeth

The sweet treats from Trick or Treating is the best part of Halloween. But is there a way of saving your teeth from those sweet treats?

The History of Halloween

Halloween’s origins can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. It was believed that the on the night before the new year (Nov 1 being the new year), the separation between the living world and the other world became blurry. This allowed spirits, the Aos Sí, to come into the world. These spirits were respected and feared.

Food and drinks were left outside homes to appease the spirits in favour that people and livestock would survive the winter period.

Hallowen History

When the Roman Empire conquered Celtic territory, a Roman celebration commemorating the passing of the dead as well as a day to honour a goddess of fruit and trees was incorporated into the Celtic festival of Samhain.

In the common era, Pope Gregory established the festival of All Saints Day on November the 1st and as time went on it was also called All Hallows Day. Thus the night before, the traditional night of Samhain in Celtic tradition, became known as All Hallows Eve and subsequently, Halloween.

As time went on, beliefs from various groups merged where finally, celebrations were held to celebrate the harvest and people would shares stories of ghosts, dance, sing, play tricks and tell fortunes.

This slowly progressed to people dressing up in costumes and going from house to house asking for food or alms which slowly evolved to today’s trick or treat traditions.

As these events became more popular and the scare of Halloween’s history slowly being wound back over time, Halloween’s superstitious and religious basis has slowly moved to obscurity with the more present celebrations taking centre stage.

Saving your teeth from those sweet treats.

We all love to eat sweets, (including dentists); chocolate, lollies, toffee, cookies, you name it. But is there a way to enjoy the Halloween festivities and save our teeth as well?

The foundations for saving your teeth through festive times, come on all the other days of the year. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing everyday with drinking plenty of water and eating a balanced, healthy diet will keep teeth healthy.

saving your teeth from halloween treats

The following tips can be used on all days, not just Halloween, to enjoy those special treats and save your teeth.

  • Don’t snack and avoid sipping on soft drinks or juices throughout the day
  • Eat sweets and treats with a meal so that your mouth is ready to produce saliva to help neutralise acids
  • Rinse your mouth with water or drink plenty of water after consuming sugary foods
  • Chewing sugar-free gum can help produce saliva that helps neutralise acids
  • Check the nutritional label on food products. Minimise foods that have sugar in the top few ingredients or have high sugar levels per 100gm/ml.
  • Use other forms of treats rather than sweets and lollies

Enjoy your Halloween and trick or treating!

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By The Wisdom Tooth 31 October 2021

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