How Sugars Interact With Your Smile

Funny children hold candy lollipop. Healthy lifestyle concept.It goes without saying that there are countless factors out there that pose a significant threat to your oral health. Indeed, from chronic teeth-grinding to tooth decay and everything else in-between, it seems like virtually everything can harm your smile’s health. Though we are finally getting into the last quarter of the year and, subsequently, the holiday season, it is important to keep in mind just how much holiday classics can cause problems for your smile as well. In today’s blog, your Vista, CA dentist discusses how sugars interact with your smile this Halloween season, as well as what steps you can take to ensure proper protection.

Effects of the Holiday Season

For many patients and patient families, the holidays are a much-anticipated time of the year due to the many benefits. Indeed, people can look forward to fall and winter breaks from school and work, family vacations, holiday gatherings, and of course, delicious and delectable homemade goodies.

What’s more? October has just begun, and Halloween is just around the corner! As a matter of fact, many children, in particular, enjoy Halloween, as it allows them to cress up and become anybody or anything they want for one night of the year. And of course, who can forget the baskets full of candy that are brought home at the end of the night?

Though it is perfectly fine to consume a piece of candy or sweet treat every once in a while, bear in mind that too much of anything is bad, and this notion remains consistent with too much candy consumption as well. To learn more about this process, reach out to our team today.

What to Know About Decay

As one of the most common oral health concerns out there, tooth decay begins with oral bacteria lurk in the recesses of the mouth and feed on food and beverages we consume. What’s more? Certain items in particular, such as sugars, cause these bacteria to become excited and more rapidly-produce a destructive acid that wears down your enamel. Without proper care and attention to the situation, a cavity will form.

Unlike a common stomach ache or headache, dental concerns only get worse with time. As such, you can expect that cavity to become bigger and affect you in more impactful ways without proper care. In fact, this can even lead to tooth loss.

Additional Treatment and Practices

While we certainly encourage our patients to enjoy the festivities of the holidays, we encourage you all to take an active role in your oral health care as well. This means consuming candy and other sweet treats in moderation, as well as providing necessary care to keep bacteria at bay. We also provide treatment that gives your smile a boost of strength, such as dental sealants and fluoride treatments.

Learn More Today

The holidays can be a magical time, but you should not let your oral health take a backseat. Contact Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, CA by calling 760-724-9117 to schedule your next appointment with our team today.