The Real Horror Of Halloween: Tooth Decay

Dr. Brent Engelberg on Halloween candyThis weekend millions of people of all ages will be celebrating Halloween. Between the scary stories, spooky movies, and fun costumes we often forget the truly scary part of this holiday: Tooth decay. When people of any age suddenly start eating too many sugary snacks and candies, the risk of cavities forming can increase. How do you protect your smile?

What Causes Tooth Decay?

Our teeth are protected by enamel, a thin layer composed of the hardest substance in the human body. When we consume too many foods high in sugar and other starches, bacteria can break down the sugar particles. The process of breaking down these particles can coat the teeth in a sticky biofilm known as plaque. The process also increases levels of oral acuity. Combined, oral acidity and plaque weaken tooth enamel, causing erosion and exposing the sensitive layers of inner dentin to bacteria. A cavity then forms, often leading to discomfort and without treatment, a greater risk of dental infection.

How can I Limit my Risk of Developing Cavities?

First, don’t binge on all the candy you or your family has brought home. Limit them to meals, so you can help rinse away the sugar particles with water. In addition, be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to help remove harmful food particles. Finally, always see your dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning.

How Does the Doctor Treat Tooth Decay?

Should you develop a cavity, we can help. Our team can remove decay and place a tooth-colored dental filling. Instead of metal, our restorations are made from lifelike composite resin. For more serious decay, we can place a ceramic dental crown in a single visit.

To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at (847) 230-9703.