halloween candy tooth decayFor your smile, Halloween isn’t spooky due to creepy decorations or scary movies. No, the increased consumption of sugary candies and treats is the cause, and could lead to cavities in smiles of all ages, especially children. In today’s blog, your Baxter, MN, dentist explains what you can do to help safeguard your family’s smiles.

Candy and Tooth Decay

When we consume candies and treats high in sugar, this leaves behind particles trapped on or between the teeth. As bacteria consume these particles, this elevates oral acidity and coats the teeth in a sticky layer of plaque buildup. Plaque can’t be removed with brushing and flossing alone, and hardens over time into tartar. Unless removed, the buildup weakens and erodes the outer enamel, leading to tooth decay. In addition, plaque is also factor in gum inflammation, which in turn increases the risk of gingivitis and gum disease.

Safer Halloween Options

If your neighborhood is trick or treating, then try to hand out alternatives like trail mix, nuts, Halloween themed party favors, stickers, or temporary tattoos. If you must hand out candy, opt for milk chocolate instead of caramel, taffy, or gummy items, which could be more easily trapped on and between the teeth. Be sure your wear a mask and maintain good social distance too!

Keeping Smiles Safe at Home and with Routine In-Office Care

If your kids do obtain a stash of candy, limit them to a few pieces after meals and wash them with water, which helps cleanse the smile. Be sure to help them brush when they wake and again before bed, and use a fluoridated toothpaste. Flossing is also essential, as this reaches what a toothbrush alone cannot. Make time to see us too! With a checkup, we monitor the smile to assess your cavity risk and treat decay in the earliest stages. We also clean the teeth, which enables us to remove all plaque and tartar in a matter of minutes. We could also apply fluoride treatments and dental sealants to help protect the smile and reduce the risk of cavities. If you have any questions about protecting smiles of all ages during the spooky season, then contact our team today. We want to help your family enjoy your best possible smile.

Greenhaven Family Dental Offers Protect Against Cavities

Greenhaven Family Dental wants to make sure your family enjoys this spooky time of year without putting smiles at risk. If you do have an issue that needs treatment, we have restorations like fillings or dental crowns to return the smile to optimal function, health, and beauty. To learn more about avoiding the onset of tooth decay and protecting overall oral health, then you can contact Greenhaven Family Dental in Baxter, MN at 218-454-0523.