What happens when you or your children suddenly eat more sweets than usual? Well, your teeth could become at risk of developing painful cavities, and over time, could become vulnerable to issues like infection! However, there are steps you can take at home and in our office to keep your smile safe. In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI, dentist looks at keeping smiles safe from cavities.
How Does Candy Cause a Cavity?
What makes candy so harmful to smiles both young and old? Sweets are high in sugar, and often leave particles behind on the teeth or trapped between them. Unless removed, these particles will be consumed by bacteria in a process that coat the teeth in harmful layers of plaque and tartar. This buildup then demineralizes and erodes the outer enamel. You should be especially wary of options that contain caramel or taffy, or are gummy, as these are more likely to become trapped in your smile.
Safeguarding Your Teeth
First, make sure everyone starts their day by brushing teeth for two minutes with a fluoridated toothpaste. Do the same before bed, and also floss up and down each side of every tooth prior to going to sleep each evening. We also suggest a visit for a checkup and cleaning so we can identify and treat cavities in the earliest stages, and also clean the teeth to remove all plaque and tartar from your smile. These visits are essential for avoiding issues like cavities and gum disease. We also help kids by offering fluoride treatments and dental sealants!
Healthier Halloween Options
First, try to limit how much you consume each day. Reserve a few pieces as an after-dinner treat, and wash them down with water to help cleanse the smile until you brush and floss. Try to stick to milk chocolate, which is easily removed from the teeth. You could even have your kid exchange candy for a toy or small dollar amount, so they get a treat without putting smiles at risk. If your neighborhood is handing out treats this year, then offer alternatives like stickers, temporary tattoos, trail mix, nuts, or Halloween-themed party favors. Be sure you and your family wear masks and maintain a good social distance when attending holiday-related events. If you have any questions about keeping smiles safe this year, then contact our team today. We would love to see you for an exam and cleaning soon!
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY?
We want to ensure you and your family know how to keep your smile safe from issues like tooth decay. For more information on keeping your teeth strong and healthy, then call the office of James Stewart, DDS in Livonia, MI, today at (734) 425-4400.