Halloween is only a few days away. It's that time of the year again when we get to indulge in our favorite candies and snacks. However, this holiday is often associated with tooth decay.
Candy and sweets are delicious treats, but they aren't great for your teeth. Sticky sweets like caramels and gummy candies can cling to your teeth and leave behind sugar residue that feeds the bacteria in your mouth and causes tooth decay. It's best to brush your teeth as soon as possible after enjoying these sugary snacks. If you're out and about with friends or coworkers, carry a small toothbrush with you so you can brush after eating candy or sweet foods.
Some dentists suggest waiting at least thirty minutes to brush after eating sticky or gooey foods so that the sugar and bacteria have time to dissolve and help the food particles come off easier.
Come by our dental office in San Tan Valley if you need a safe and comfortable dental extraction.
Eating treats on Halloween night is fine, but it's important to brush your teeth afterward to get rid of food particles and bacteria. Sticky candies are the worst culprits for cavities because they stick to the teeth for a long time. The longer sugar remains on the teeth and in between the teeth, the more harmful it becomes. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth in the morning after you eat breakfast and before you go to bed. This will ensure there are fewer germs in your mouth throughout the day.
A dentist can professionally clean your teeth to help remove any excess candy, sugars, or residues left behind during trick-or-treating. Without professional cleanings, these particles can be left to cling to the teeth and can cause tooth decay.
If you do have a cavity in your adult tooth, your dentist can address it with an onlay, inlay, crown, or other procedure to repair it and prevent further damage down the road. If left unchecked, a cavity can result in infected teeth that can spread to the gums and other surrounding structures in the mouth. If you currently have a cavity bothering you, contact our dentist in San Tan Valley right away! We will helo decide if you need an extraction or other restorations.
To know more about dental extractions, call us at (833) 394-7366 and book an appointment with our dentist at 287 E. Hunt Hwy. #101, San Tan Valley, AZ 85143.