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One of the biggest oral health risks during Halloween is dental abrasion. Even when you’re cleaning your teeth through the use of brushing, you can be doing further harm to your teeth. Dental abrasion arises due to the consumption of candy and acidic foods that can temporarily weaken your tooth enamel. Ask yourself the following questions to determine if you are at an increased risk for dental abrasion this Halloween season:

– Do you avoid treats and sweets that can chip and crack your teeth, such as candy apples or popcorn balls?
– Do you avoid brushing immediately after consuming acidic foods, and instead opt for rinsing your mouth out with water or chewing sugarless gum?
– Do you focus on consuming foods and beverages that have a low acidic content?
– Do you use a normal size toothbrush with soft bristles?
– Do you try to implement techniques that increase saliva flow?
– Do you visit your dentist regularly for oral exams and routine checkups?
– Do you actively avoid snacks between meals?
– Do you actively use toothpaste that has low-abrasive fluoride and bicarbonate in it?
– Do you receive a professional cleaning from your dentist every 6 months?

If you have any questions or concerns, or to set up an appointment with Dr. Rick G. Friedrichs, please call us to at 281-205-4717, or stop by our office in Tomball, Texas. From everyone at Rick Friedrichs, DDS and Associates, we wish you a safe, fun, and happy Halloween!