Happy Halloween from Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX! We hope you’re having a wonderful October here in the Lone Star state. There’s so much to do with your friends and family this month. You can go through a haunted attraction and scream your head off. You can design the best kind of costume possible; dressing to the nines in a new wig or outrageous get-up. Or you may just want to take your children trick or treating.
No matter what your Halloween plans include, you will likely be dining on a variety of candy. Is there a better time of year to enjoy candy than Halloween? Everything is pumpkin-shaped and/or filled with peanut butter. You certainly won’t be alone if you choose this time of month to gorge on tasty treats.
But Halloween candy also comes with a price. Cavities are a common occurrence in the months which follow Halloween; all that candy can be known to cause a little bit of tooth decay. But of course, you can still enjoy Halloween candy. In today’s post of our dental health blog, we want to explain a little bit about the mechanics of tooth decay and give you some tips for avoiding cavities.
The Mechanics of Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria; bacteria will eventually harden into plaque and tartar. Plaque and tartar can cause many unpleasant maladies such as tooth decay or gum disease. But where is all this bacteria coming from?
The food you eat in the source of the bacteria that causes tooth decay. As you chew, particles of food remain in your mouth long after you swallow. This food in turn attracts bacteria. Sugared foods tend to attract the most bacteria, thus sugared foods often lead to teeth decay.
Keeping Cavity Free This Halloween
The most important thing to remember this Halloween is basic oral hygiene. The keys to your oral hygiene are brushing and flossing. It’s recommended that you brush at least twice a day; or better yet, after every meal.
You also need to spend at least two minutes brushing at a time; the fluoride in the toothpaste needs time to absorb in your enamel. Flossing is also critical to preventing cavities between your teeth; flossing removes plaque from areas of your teeth which your brush can’t reach.
You will also need to exercise some moderation in your consumption of Halloween candy. Whenever possible, try and eat Halloween candy only at times when it will be convenient to brush your teeth afterwards. Drinking water is also a good choice.
Public supplies of water often contain fluoride. Fluoride works to enrich your enamel with the minerals it needs to maintain its strength. Drinking water is also greatly preferable to drinking soda with your candy.
Soda can harm your teeth in two ways. Most soda contains some sugar, this sugar will only attract more and more bacteria to your teeth. But all soda, even the sugar-free diet versions, is super acidic. This acid erodes away at the enamel of your teeth; this can leave them even more vulnerable to bacteria attracted to the sugar from candy.
Halloween is also a great time to make sure you’ve scheduled a dental appointment. The American Dental Association advises adults, children, and teenagers to make a routine dental visit every six months. During your appointments, we will professionally clean your teeth. We will carefully remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, ensuring that bacteria doesn’t turn into decay. We will also check your teeth for signs of tooth decay.
So this October, have a wonderful time with your family. Then make an appointment at Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX. You can reach our office by calling 210-819-5233.