If you think zombies, ghosts, and vampires are scary—just wait until you hear about cavities! Halloween, and the upcoming holiday season, can be a critical time for families to watch out for their dental health. Our dentists in Irving would never expect patients to completely abstain from indulging in sweets. Instead, we have tips you can use to navigate the season and reduce your risk of tooth decay.
Why Does Sugar Cause Cavities?
Every time you enjoy a sugary snack or beverage, the bacteria in your mouth will go to work trying to break down the debris that remains on your teeth, gums, and tongue. Through this process, the bacteria will emit a harmful acid that wears away at your tooth enamel—the protective barrier protecting your teeth! Worn-down enamel makes your teeth more susceptible to damage and tooth decay.
As experienced family dentists serving Irving, TX, believe us when we say that preventing cavities is a lot more fun for patients than having them removed! Here are our suggestions.
1.Avoid the Worst Offenders: Sticky, Chewy, and Sour
Candies that are sticky, chewy, or sour tend to be the harshest on your teeth. Not only do they include loads of damaging sugar, they also tend to be more difficult to remove from your teeth. The longer sugar stays on your teeth, the more damage it will do. If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth with the least amount of risk, opt for sugar-free candies or chocolate (which will melt away relatively quickly).
2.Drink Lots of Water
Building a habit of following up sugary beverages and snacks with water can help prevent harmful substances from lingering in your mouth. It may not be practical to brush your teeth or swish with mouthwash after each snack attack, but rinsing with drinking water can help limit the amount of sugar that sticks around in your mouth. Making sure to stay hydrated can also help protect your teeth, as it’s much easier for bacteria to proliferate in a dry mouth.
3.Whatever You Do—Don’t Forget to Brush and Floss
Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once is a staple of any healthy dental care regimen—and absolutely critical when you’ve been indulging with sugary foods. Take the extra time to fulfill these tasks carefully, your teeth and gums will thank you for it!
Visit Our Dentists in Irving, TX
Rio Dental & Orthodontics provides a welcoming, friendly environment for patients of all ages. We provide family dental services, including preventative, restorative, pediatric, and orthodontic treatments. Contact us today with any questions you have about our practice, and book your first appointment today!