The true terror of Halloween for your family dentist is the onset of tooth decay. After all, cavities cause more than just toothaches they could even mean infection or tooth loss in extreme cases! Unfortunately, Halloween encourages extra candy consumption, so your Overland Park, KS, dentist is recommending some options to keep your family’s smiles strong and safe!
The Link Between a Cavity and Candy
Our favorite treats are not only delicious, but unfortunately, high in sugar. When we consume snacks, foods, and drinks high in sugar, this leaves behind particles on or between the teeth. Bacteria will consume these particles for fuel, in the process elevating the levels of oral acidity in the mouth, and also coating the teeth in a layer of plaque. This sticky bacterial byproduct will erode the outer enamel, exposing the sensitive inner tissues to bacteria. As a result, a cavity could form. Over time, cavities grow in severity. People experience tooth sensitivity and toothaches, and the risk of infection could rise.
Halloween Fun That’s Smile Safe
First, if you’re handing out candy this year, even if it’s to your own kids only, then try to pick smile-healthy options. For example, sugar-free gum, trail mix, nuts, temporary tattoos, stickers, and Halloween-themed party favors make great choices. If you just choose candy, then opt for milk chocolate and avoid items that are gummy or contain caramel or taffy, as these cling to the teeth and are often difficult to remove even when you brush and floss.
You should also brush your teeth when you wake up and again before bed each day, and this goes for each and every member of your family. Each session should take two minutes and reach every available surface. We also urge people to floss before going to bed too. Flossing removes what a toothbrush’s bristles may not reach. For added protection, be sure to attend a checkup and cleaning visit. Our team will watch for decay, offering treatment if necessary. We also clean the teeth to remove plaque and tartar, lowering the risk of cavities and gum disease, as well as teeth stains and bad breath!
Wear Your Mask
If you are handing out to trick or treat or attend other holiday related events, then be sure you wear your mask and also practice good social distancing protocols. Remember, you keep yourself safe, as well as other members of your community. If you have any questions, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Avoiding Cavities?
We want to help you and your kids enjoy your spooky fun without putting smiles at risk. To learn more about avoiding the onset of tooth decay, then schedule your consultation by calling Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS, today at 913-381-2600.