How Do I Avoid Post-Halloween Cavities?

Whether you’re 8 or 38, you probably celebrated Halloween on Wednesday. While we love dressing up and sugary sweets as much as anyone, we also know the risk candy poses for our oral health. In today’s blog, were talking about the steps our Albuquerque, NM, patients can take to reduce their risk of post-Halloween cavities!

Try Our Quiz on Tooth Decay Prevention

  1. True or False: You should limit how much candy you consume each day.
  2. True or False: Drinking water helps cleanse the mouth.
  3. True or False: You should brush and floss daily.
  4. True or False: Always attend routine checkups and cleanings.

Answer Key

  1. True. Instead of gorging on your new-found sweets, try to limit them to one or two pieces after a meal. You can also try to avoid candies that contain caramel and other sticky ingredients, as these can become stuck on or between the teeth. As bacteria break down the sugar stuck on your teeth, this increases the risk of dental cavities.
  2. True. When you drink water, you don’t expose your teeth to sugar or acids. In fact, if you drink tap water you expose your teeth to fluoride, which helps strengthen your outer tooth enamel. Water is a great choice to wash down your candy and help cleanse your mouth of sugar particles.
  3. True. Be sure you’re cleaning your teeth properly from home! You should be brushing your teeth twice daily, once when you wake up and again before going to sleep. Each session should last about two minutes. We also urge you to floss every night before bed to remove the food particles a toothbrush’s bristles simply can’t reach.
  4. True. Be sure to see us every six months! The checkup allows is to identify problems in the earliest possible stages, while a cleaning removes the plaque and tartar brushing and flossing alone cannot.

Do You Have Questions About Avoiding Cavities?

At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Mark A. Miller and our team want to make sure you enjoy a healthy and cavity-free smile! Contact us today at 505-299-2979 to schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM, office. We welcome patients and families from Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and all surrounding communities.