Tonight, is Halloween! Regardless of your age, you’re probably going to be enjoying more sugary candy and snacks than you would otherwise. While we love Halloween, and enjoy the occasional piece of candy or dessert, too much sugar can put your smile at risk of developing decay, which often leads to discomfort. How do you avoid toothaches while still enjoying this spooky holiday?
Halloween is linked to cavities because kids and adults are suddenly consuming more foods high in sugar and other starches. Doing so can allow bacteria to break down the bits of sugar remaining on or between your teeth. In the process, oral acidity increases and the enamel is weakened by plaque buildup. Soon, bacteria can bypass the protective outer layer of tooth enamel and reach the inner dentin, where a cavity can form.
Often, the earliest warning signs involve discomfort. You may notice your teeth feel more sensitive or experience toothaches that don’t subside after 48 hours. At this point, we urge you to see the dentist for a diagnosis and if necessary, treatment.
Remember, if you don’t treat a cavity in a timely manner the decay can worsen until bacteria comes into contact with the inner pulp. At this stage, an infection will for, causing greater discomfort and even the risk of losing the tooth completely. However, if you see us when you encounter discomfort we can often correct the issue in a single visit with a lifelike dental filling. In more advanced cases, we may place a crown or perform a safe and comfortable root canal. We will discuss treatment options in greater detail on Wednesday. If you have any questions about identifying and treating tooth decay, or steps you can take to avoid cavities completely, then contact our office today.
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