It is that time of year again! Scary and festive decorations, dressing up and becoming whoever or whatever you want to be, and trick-or-treating into the evening. There is nothing more exciting as a child than coming home with a bucket full of tasty candy and treats from the evening’s haul. Keep in mind, however, that Halloween is approaching, and while many people love the spooky season, it is important to take into account how candy and other goodies affect your overall oral health. Because of this, the team at Cedar West Family Dentistry in Richfield Minnesota offers year-round preventive care to ensure your smile stays in tip-top shape.
The Negative Effects of Candy and Your Oral Health
Growing up, you often hear the phrases “make sure to brush your teeth thoroughly,” “don’t forget to floss,” and “too much candy will rot your teeth.” As a child, there is some hesitation in believing the last statement, as most children think it is just a tactic parents use to regulate their sugar intake. The fact of the matter is, however, that sugar actually does have negative impacts on your teeth and your oral health, and thus it is important to be cautious of your candy intake.
The sugar in candy actually feeds the oral bacteria in plaque and tartar within your mouth, causing the bacteria to release acids that are harmful to your teeth. From there, these acids wear down the enamel on your teeth, making them weaker and thus more susceptible to disease such as tooth decay.
Year-Round Preventive Care
With holidays such as Halloween in mind, it is pertinent that you schedule regular check-ups and cleanings to maintain you and your family’s oral health. During your regular examination, your dentist will inspect your smile for any signs of trouble or harm, such as cavities, gum disease, tartar, and more. Further, your dentist will clean your teeth so as to remove any harmful bacteria that may cause disease or other threats. Additionally, our professional children’s dental care will ensure not only that your children’s smiles are kept healthy and happy, but that excellent hygiene means more than just brushing and flossing. We take care to prioritize your satisfaction, and we are more than happy to help. For more information about preventive care and your Family’s smiles, contact our office to learn more.
Keeping Your Children’s Smiles Safe
The Holidays can be a fun time for family, however, it is important to take into consideration your family’s overall health when it comes to the many snacks, treats, and goodies associated with them. The team at Cedar West Family Dentistry in Richfield, Minnesota wants to ensure that you are up-to-date on best practices and examinations. Contact our office at 612) 861-7188 to schedule an appointment for a check-up and cleaning today.