Halloween is a fun time, we get to dress up in costumes, and even take our kids trick or treating. But there is a downside: cavities. When people of all ages consume large amounts of sweets, this could increase the risk of tooth decay, and with it, painful toothaches and other complications. In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentists will look at what you can do to protect your family’s smiles!
How Does Candy Cause Cavities?
We all love the occasional piece of candy, but too much of a good thing could leave behind particles of sugar trapped between the teeth, or clinging to the surfaces of them. Over time, bacteria will find and break down these stray particles. In the process, the mouth experiences an increased risk of oral acidity, and the teeth become coated in a sticky bacteria byproduct known as plaque. The combination of these factors weakens and erodes the enamel, exposing the sensitive inner tissues to bacteria and allowing a cavity to form. For many, tooth sensitivity and toothaches could follow!
Tips for a Safer Halloween
There are steps you can take to help safeguard your smile during Halloween. First, when your kids bring home their candy haul, see if they would be willing to pick a few favorite pieces, and trade the bulk in for a toy or video game. Then limit how much they eat each day to one to two pieces after a meal. Drinking water then helps cleanse away sugar particles. If you’re handing out candy, consider offering smile healthy but fun options, such as stickers, temporary tattoos, or Halloween party favors.
Kids and adults alike need to brush and floss daily to remove trapped food particles and protect the smile. You should start by brushing your teeth for two minutes when waking up. Before bed, brush again for two minutes and also floss thoroughly in between each tooth. Using a toothpaste that contains fluoride when you brush, as this can helps strengthen the outer tooth enamel. These actions are crucial for avoiding cavities.
Checkups and Cleanings
Before the holiday season takes up your free time, schedule a checkup and cleaning for your kids. These visits enable us to watch for signs of cavity and offer treatment. We also clean the teeth, which means removing plaque and tartar to prevent tooth decay. If you have any question about keeping smiles safe this time of year, then contact our team today.
Schedule Your Next Visit Soon
To learn more about protecting smiles both young and old from cavities, contact Potach and Mitchel Dental in Austin, MN, today at 507-437-6312. Our team wants to help you maintain a strong, healthy, and beautiful smile, one free of candy-related cavities!