We want everyone to have a Happy Halloween this weekend, but we also don’t want you and your family to develop an increased risk of cavities. In today’s blog, your Brighton, MA, dentists will explain what actions you can take to protect your smile, and how to limit the risk of future cavities with better homecare habits.
The Risk of Cavities
When we consume candies high in sugar, this leaves particles behind on and between our teeth. This is especially true of candies that are chewy and sticky. Harmful oral bacteria will then break down these particles, a process that not only elevates oral acidity, but coats the teeth in layers of plaque buildup. This plaque is impossible to remove with brushing and flossing alone, and could lead to bad breath, teeth stains, and a greater risk of painful tooth decay.
Smile Healthy Choices
First, we suggest kids (and adults) limit how much they eat each day. Reserve one or two pieces for just after dinner, and if possible, wash them down with a glass of water to help remove trapped sugar particles. Give your kids a chance to pick their favorite pieces, and let them trade the rest to you for a toy or small prize. If your house is going to be handing out treats to kids, consider options that are good for their smile. For example, sealed packages of sugar-free gum, nuts, or trail mix are fun and smile healthy. You could also give our party favors, like plastic skeletons, spider rings, toy bats, or stickers. These options help reduce the risk of cavities, and let your kids enjoy some Halloween fun too!
Better Oral Health Habits
You can also help by taking better care of your smile at home! For example, everyone needs to brush first thing in the morning for two minutes, always using a fluoride toothpaste too. We need to do the same in the evening, and also floss thoroughly as well. A visit for a checkup and cleaning can be helpful too, as we can watch for signs of trouble and address them quickly. We also remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth, so your teeth are less susceptible to tooth decay and gingivitis. If you have any questions about avoiding cavities, or if you want to schedule a visit, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Preventing Cavities?
Our team wants to make sure your family makes choices to protect smiles from tooth decay. To learn more about how our team protects smiles of all ages, then schedule a consultation by calling Brighton Family Dental Group in Brighton, MA, today at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Brookline, Newton, and all surrounding communities.