In a little under two weeks, people across the country will be celebrating Halloween. Kids will be going door-to-door and adults will be attending parties and small get-togethers. Aside from costumes, the one constant factor for people of all ages is candy consumption. While the occasional treat is fine, too much can leave your smile at risk of developing cavities. So, let’s talk cavity prevention!
Cutting Back on Sugar
When we consume foods high in sugar and other starches, such as candy or cookies, the particles left behind on our teeth are broken down by bacteria. In the process, oral acidity increases and the teeth are coated in plaque, which increase the likelihood of cavities forming. Try limiting your candy to a few pieces at meals, washed down with a glass of water to help limit the sugar that sticks on or between your teeth.
You need to be vigilant about caring for your smile from home. Each day, you need to brush your teeth twice for two minutes each session. You also need to use a fluoridated toothpaste as well. Every night before bed you also need to floss between your teeth, which reaches the bits of food that a toothbrush’s bristles cannot.
Watching for the Warning Signs
Warning signs of tooth decay often include sensitivity in the teeth or hot or cold foods/drinks. A persistent toothache that doesn’t subside after 48 hours can also be an indicator that decay may have formed. When you experience discomfort, schedule an appointment with us. We can examine your smile to see if you require treatment. We can often correct the issue in one visit with a tooth-colored filling or natural looking ceramic dental crown.
To learn more, schedule a consultation online, or call our office today at (847) 230-9703.