We know how much you love Halloween, and we love it too! But as dental professionals, we also understand that a sudden influx of candy is often a major factor in the onset of tooth decay for kids and adults alike. In today’s blog, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist discusses how to help keep smiles free of tooth decay this Halloween.
The Onset of Tooth Decay
How do our treats lead to tooth decay? The sugar content tends to cling to the teeth, becoming trapped on or between them. This is especially true of items that are chewy or sticky. Bacteria will consume the particles, a process that not only raises oral acidity levels, but also coats the teeth in plaque buildup. Not only does plaque harden into tartar and becomes impossible to remove with brushing and flossing, but the buildup weakens outer enamel to cause cavities. In addition to the painful toothaches and anxiety of cavities, the buildup could also lead to bad breath, teeth stains, and for older kids and adults, the risk of gingivitis.
Safely Enjoying Your Treats
To prevent cavities and still enjoy your treats, moderation is very important. Instead of binge eating your sweets in just a few days, reserve a piece or two for just after your dinner. Then, drink a glass of water to help wash away the trapped particles of sugar. You could let your kids pick their favorite pieces, and trade the rest to you for a toy or other non-edible treat. Items linked to a higher risk of cavities, including caramel, taffy, and hard candies. Milk chocolate tends to be easier to brush and floss away.
If you’re going to be giving out the treats at your house, then choose options that are delicious and safe for kids in the neighborhood. For example, items like sealed packages of trail mix or nuts, or possibly sugar-free gum. You could also pick up party favors in bulk, like stickers, plastic spider rings, toy skeletons, or little rubber bats. These are fun, spooky treats that don’t put smiles at risk!
Better Brushing and Flossing
Your family could also protect your smiles by brushing and flossing daily. You should brush in the morning and again in the evening for at least two minutes per session. Use a fluoride toothpaste too! You can make an appointment for a checkup and cleaning too, using your 2021 benefits before they expire, and also starting 2022 with stronger and healthier smiles.
Talk To Your Woodland Hills, CA Dentist About Treating Cavities
Our team wants to help you and your kids protect teeth and gums following Halloween. If you have more questions about how to stay free of tooth decay, then contact your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist’s office by calling 818-347-5124.