Halloween is shaping up to be a bit unusual this year. But you can bet there will still be plenty of candy to go around — and those sweets can have a scary effect on your family’s oral health.
Harmful plaque bacteria in your mouth feed off sugar and create acids. Those acids wreak havoc on your enamel. Effects of sugar on teeth can include enamel decay, discoloration, cavities, and discomfort.
All of that isn’t to say that you and your kids can’t enjoy a few treats. Here are some simple tips from our Lone Tree dentists that will help prevent cavities and other dental issues this October:
- Eat candy with meals. Saliva production increases when you eat food. Having candy with a meal or right after mealtime is best because this increased saliva production will work in your favor. Saliva helps to wash away sugar and bacteria while weakening the acids in your mouth.
- Be picky with your sweets. All treats are not created equal. Some are much smarter options than others when it comes to protecting your smile. Say no to candies that are hard or sticky, and yes to options like dark chocolate and sugar-free gum.
- Avoid snacking. Snacking on anything can elevate your risk of tooth decay. That is because snacking gives plaque bacteria a constant source of fuel needed to produce harmful acids. Resist the temptation to graze on candy and instead choose a dedicated time to eat Halloween treats.
- Brush and floss. Good dental hygiene is important all year. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss to remove plaque. Choose a toothpaste with fluoride, which is a naturally occurring mineral that strengthens your enamel.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
Our Lone Tree dentists are committed to your family’s oral health. Remember that scheduling regular visits to our practice is one of the best things that you can do for your smile.
Call 303-790-2323 today to arrange your next visit to Meadows Dental Group. We are accepting new patients in Lone Tree, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, and nearby areas of Colorado.