Preventing Cavities Following Halloween

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Halloween is such a fun time of year, and we want you and your family to enjoy your trick or treating adventure! But we also want to make sure your treats don’t leave your smile vulnerable to cavities. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about how to prevent Halloween-related cavities.

The Link Between Cavities and Candy

When we consume lots of candy, no matter our age, this could mean a lot of sugar particles become lodged between teeth or cling to them. As bacteria break down these particles, this not only elevates oral acidity levels, but coats the teeth in plaque buildup. The buildup then weakens the outer enamel, eroding portions of it and allowing cavities to form. Over time, the tooth decay could cause painful toothaches and sensitivity when you and your family eat and drink. Which is why action needs to be taken following your Halloween fun to ensure your smiles stay strong and healthy!

Taking Precautions at Home

When you bring home your Halloween hauls, limit yourselves to only a few pieces a day to keep from going overboard. Try to avoid the particularly sticky ones, like caramel, gummies, or taffy. Eat them just after dinner, as the increased saliva production could help remove sugar particles. Drinking a glass of water after them is helpful too! You could also offer your kids a chance to trade their candy to you in exchange for a toy or small amount of money. If you’re going to hand out candy in your neighborhood, then consider offering candy-free options like temporary tattoos, stickers, crayons, or Halloween-themed party favors like plastic spider rings, skeletons, or rubber bats.

See Us for an Exam

You should also make time for the last checkup and cleaning of 2022! Doing so means you can see us and treatment can be administered before the holiday season makes your schedule full. You can also use your remaining 2022 dental insurance benefits before they expire, or use your health savings account funds before they expire as well at the end of December. If you have any questions about avoiding cavities, or about scheduling a checkup and cleaning with our team, then please contact our team today to learn more.

Contact Us To Learn More About Avoiding a Cavity

Our team is ready to help you enjoy your Halloween fun while also lowering your risk of tooth decay. With a few simple steps, you can enjoy your treats while still limiting the risks of cavities and gingivitis. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment for your last checkup and cleaning visit of the year, you can reach out by contacting your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000.