In less than two weeks, your little ones will be donning their costumes and hitting the streets to trick or treat. We love Halloween, and hope you and your loved ones and friends have a fantastic time this year. However, we also want to make sure that smiles of ages stay free of tooth decay. In today’s blog, your El Paso, TX, dentists will look at how to stay cavity-free this Halloween!
How Does Candy Lead to Tooth Decay?
When we eat candy and sugary treats this leaves particles of sugar on or between the teeth, especially if these are chewy candies. Bacteria then feast on these particles, breaking them down in a process that elevates levels of oral acidity and coats the teeth in a sticky layer of plaque. Over time, plaque will begin to wear and erode enamel, causing cavities as bacteria reach the sensitive and porous inner dentin. Unless treated, the decay could become an infection and lead to serious pain! Warning signs of a cavity include tooth sensitivity and toothaches.
Keeping Smiles Healthy
To help decrease the risks of cavities, try to limit how much candy your kids eat each day. Encourage them to enjoy their candies right after dinner, and wash them down with a glass of water to help cleanse away sugary particles. If you’re the house handing out treats this year, then consider offering non-sugary treats, such as packages of nuts, trail mix, or crackers. Small packages of crayons, stickers, temporary tattoos, or Halloween-themed party favors can also be a great treat that doesn’t put the smile at risk! When your little ones bring in their haul, consider offering them the opportunity to exchange all or some of their candy for money or a small toy. You can protect their smiles without taking the fun out of the holiday!
Prevention at Home and in Our Office
To prevent tooth decay, be sure to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and floss before bed. This goes for both you and your children! These actions help remove food particles and limit the accumulation of plaque. Be sure to see us as well every six months, so we can examine your smile for the earliest signs of decay and clean the teeth, removing plaque and reducing the risk of cavities and poor periodontal heath. If you have any questions about keeping your family safe from cavities, then contact our team today.
TALK TO SUNNY SMILES IN EL PASO ABOUT STAYING CAVITY-FREE
At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, we want to help you and your children enjoy optimal oral health. If you have questions about cavity prevention and restorative treatments, then you can reach our East El Paso dental practice on 10039 Dyer St., at 915-859-7000!