No matter what your Halloween looks like this year, it’s almost sure to still feature several tons of candy. All that sugary goodness may make your taste buds happy, but they could be causing a lot of damage to your teeth. Especially your children’s growing teeth. Excess sugar leads to plaque building up on your teeth. Unattended, this bacteria is what can eat away at teeth and cause cavities. We know how common these cavities are in children, but poor dental hygiene can lead to them at any stage of your life!
Cavities are a relatively easy problem to fix, but they can lead to worse problems. Left untreated, they can lead to more serious issues such as root canals, breaking teeth, or even having teeth removed. Instead of letting your teeth degrade, get your cavities treated. And instead of that even, there are easy ways to prevent cavities.
Halloween isn’t the only holiday that could be harmful. It just leads the winter holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, even New Year’s often present plenty of opportunities to celebrate with lots of sweet treats. But you can take a few simple steps to stop those delicious goods from harming your teeth.
• Brush and floss. Brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes, and floss every day. Your dentist asks and reminds you about these each time for a reason.
• Limit those sweets. More sugar fuels the bacteria in your mouth, leading to more decay.
• Drink plenty of water. Water is the healthiest beverage to wash away the sticky sugars and promote bacteria-fighting saliva.
And certainly don’t forget that you are the biggest influence on your kids’ habits! Brush with them. Set a good example. Keep your habits solid and they will follow those for a lifetime. And if you know people who are looking for a great dentist in Westerville, Dr. Joel and his team would love you be your family’s partner in good dental health. Contact the office today!