Halloween is a spooky time of year, and as dentists, nothing scares us quite as much as tooth decay! When children and adults consume a lot of sugary candy, this increases the risk of tooth decay forming. Fortunately, your Tucson, AZ, dentist has a few tips for limiting the risk of decay without ruining the fun of trick or treating!
How Does Candy Lead to Cavities?
First, let’s look at the connection between candy and tooth decay. When kids consume too many sweets, this leaves behind particles on and between their teeth. Bacteria then consume these particles and in the process, coat the teeth in a sticky layer known as plaque buildup. The buildup eventually weakens and erodes the outer enamel, which allows bacteria to reach the inner dentin, tooth structure that is sensitive and porous. A cavity then forms, one that will grow in severity unless treated and cause serious pain and sensitivity.
Tips for Smile Healthy Halloweens
To help protect your child’s smile this year, be sure your little one brushes for two minutes when waking up, and again before bed. Flossing before going to sleep is also essential. Encourage them to only have one to two pieces of candy a day, and rinse the mouth by drinking water afterward. Some parents even let their kids exchange their treats for a small toy or game. For people handing out candy to children this year, consider a sugar-free alternative, such as stickers, pencils or crayons, temporary tattoos, or even fun Halloween themed party favors! These items often cost as much, if not less, than bags of candy. You then help protect small smiles in their community from tooth decay!
Preventive Care and Fillings
You should also see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning. We can monitor your child’s smile, and if we discover the early stages of a cavity, we can offer a single-visit filling to remove the decay and ensure the tooth stays healthy and continues to look natural. The filling prevents a minor cavity from becoming a serious infection or abscess, one that could cause a tooth to become lost! If you have any questions about keeping smiles healthy this Halloween, or if you’re ready to schedule a visit for you and your little ones, then contact our team today to learn more.
Does Your Smile Need a Filling?
Without routine dare both in office and at home, we can help you and your little ones enjoy optimal oral health. For more information on family dental care and preventive dentistry, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Dr. Newman’s office in Tucson, AZ, today at 520-296-5439. We’re conveniently located inside the Grant Road Professional Plaza, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.