Halloween is just a few days away! Which means whether you’re an adult or a kid, you’re likely to be enjoying a lot of sugary candies and sweets. While the occasional treat is fine, too much could mean the onset of tooth decay. In today’s blog, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist will look at the steps you can take to protect your smile.
How Does Candy Cause a Cavity?
Candy contains lots of sugars, and when we consume them, they leave behind particles on or between the teeth, especially chewy ones containing ingredients like caramel. Bacteria will then break down these stray particles, a process that leads to higher levels of oral acidity, and coats the teeth in a sticky layer of plaque buildup. The plaque will eventually weaken the protective layer of outer enamel, eroding it and allowing bacteria to reach the dentin within, which is sensitive and porous. A cavity then forms and will grow worse with time unless treated. You may begin to experience tooth sensitivity and toothaches, and over time the risk of an infection will increase!
Protecting Your Smile
To help protect you and your family’s smiles, we suggest flossing your teeth before going to bed, and brushing your teeth for two minutes each day, once when you wake and again before going to sleep. These actions help remove stray food particles and limit the severity of plaque buildup. Try to limit your candy intake to one to two pieces a day, and follow them with a glass of water. If you happen to be the ones handing out candy this year, instead opt for sugar-free treats, such as stickers, temporary tattoos, Halloween party favors, crayons, or other fun surprises.
Scheduling a Preventive Visit
Following your Halloween fun, consider scheduling a checkup and cleaning for your family. During the checkup, we can examine the teeth for signs of decay and if necessary, offer treatment. Often, a filling treats the problem in one sitting! We can also clean the teeth to remove plaque buildup and protect the enamel from erosion. Kids may benefit from fluoride treatments or dental sealants to add an extra layer of protection. Remember, with routine care both at-home and in-office, you and your family can maintain optimal oral health for many years to come! If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to schedule a visit, then please contact our team today.
Do You Need a Preventive Appointment?
Our team would like to help you maintain healthy smiles and avoid the onset of a cavity. For more information on preventive and family dentistry, please schedule a consultation by calling Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA today at 818-347-5124. We also proudly welcome patients from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, and all surrounding communities.