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4 oral health habits for a fantastic fall

When you think of fall, you might think of changing leaves, crisp air or football games on Friday nights — not oral health. But believe it or not, keeping your teeth healthy can fit right in with your autumnal activities!

1. Try a bonfire banana

Sitting by a warm bonfire on a cool night is one of the best things about autumn. Unfortunately, s’mores aren’t great for teeth.

Cut down on sugar and add nutritional benefit with a banana s’more. Peel a banana on one side and stuff it with fillings like dark chocolate chips and chopped nuts. Wrap the stuffed banana in foil and roast it over the campfire for about five minutes. Take it off the fire, let it cool and enjoy!

No matter what kind of bonfire treat you choose, follow it with a swish of water and a good brushing before turning in for the night.

2. Eat an apple a day

After you’ve taken your family on an apple-picking outing, don’t coat the apples in caramel or dunk slices in sugary dips. Enjoy plain or with savory cheese for a season treat.

3. Don’t play games with your oral health

Whether you’re a star quarterback or a casual athlete, a chipped tooth is no fun. If you or your child will be playing sports this fall, make sure there’s a mouthguard on hand. Whether it’s a boil-and-bite kind purchased at the store or a custom-fit guard from your dentist, a mouthguard can help prevent chipped, broken or lost teeth. Consider getting one before your annual Thanksgiving touch football game. You know someone always ends up tackling!

4. Leave yellow to the trees

Whether they’re lemon, golden or ochre, watching leaves change color is a popular fall pastime. But the same can’t be said for yellowing teeth. To prevent stains and discoloration from foods, beverages or smoking, talk to your dentist about whitening options. From in-office bleaching sessions to over-the-counter whitening products, your dentist will have insight on the best method for your teeth.

Last updated December 6,  2021

The oral health information on this website is intended for educational purposes only. Always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health.