Halloween is nearly here! This festive holiday presents a fun time full of elaborate costumes and decorations. For kids in the family trick-or-treating is as big as it gets. While having a safe, fun Halloween is always a priority, you can’t overlook the state of your teeth. Amidst all of the thrills and frights of October 31st, you can forget about one of the biggest scares of all: tooth decay. All of the candy that piles up from the rounds made trick-or-treating can present an oral health concern. Plaque thrives on the sticky residue left behind by candy, so be sure to monitor the sugar intake of your children (and yourself) this year.
Simple Sugar Is an Easy Food Source for Tooth-Dwelling Bacteria
The sugars found in candy (fructose and sucrose) are often called “simple sugars” because they consist of (fructose in particular) the most basic carbohydrate structures. That means they’re the easiest forms of carbohydrates for bacteria to break down. The bacteria on the surfaces of your teeth thrive on simple sugars — converting them into acid which wears away at the enamel of your teeth. This is how eating an excess of candy can cause tooth decay.
Adding to sugar’s dangerous proposition is the sticky texture that most candy has. This makes it difficult to adequately remove the sugar from the surface of your teeth.
Avoid the Scare of Tooth Decay by Brushing and Flossing
During this season of candy consumption, it’s more important than ever to make sure that your child is adequately brushing and flossing his or her teeth. By keeping the surfaces of your teeth clean, you can prevent the residue left by sugar from promoting tooth decay. Monitoring and limiting candy consumption is another helpful step that you can take in the weeks following Halloween.
Be Sure to Schedule Your Biannual Checkup and Cleaning
Home care on its own — while incredibly important — isn’t the only step you can take to preserve the health of your child’s teeth. Make sure you’re scheduling and attending biannual checkups and cleanings with your dentist to keep your teeth healthy. The team at Melrose Dental Arts is ready to administer quality care in a comfortable environment to keep your smile looking great. To schedule your checkup and cleaning with Melrose Dental Arts, contact the office in Vista, CA at 760-724-9117.