Prevent Cavities This Easter – Your Mouth Will Thank You for It!
Easter is quickly approaching; are cavities soon to follow? Easter and Halloween rival each other as being the biggest candy celebrations in the United States. Consequently, Americans spend an average of $28.11 per person on Easter candy. This equals 120 million pounds of the sweet stuff every year!
Prevent cavities this Easter by being intentional with your oral care following eating sweets and treats.
Easter Candy Isn’t What Causes Cavities
Believe it or not, the sugar in the candy is not what gives you or your kids cavities. As a matter of fact, it’s what happens after you eat the sugar. Some types of bacteria form into a sticky layer (plaque) on your teeth that must be removed by daily brushing and flossing your teeth. Furthermore, this bacteria feeds on sugars that create acids that destroy tooth enamel.
Following this, these acids create a bacterial infection that creates holes in your teeth. Without treatment, cavities can go deeper into layers of the tooth, causing pain and possible tooth loss.
Be Selective About the Candy You Purchase For the Easter Basket
One of the best ways you can prevent cavities this Easter is to be selective with the treats you offer your family:
- Avoid Sticky or Gummy Candy. Jelly beans can be cavity-causing culprits. They get stuck in the grooves of your teeth where it’s hard to brush properly. And they can be a major cause of tooth decay.
- Hard Candy. Suckers, jawbreakers, and jolly ranchers are some of the most destructive candies for your teeth. Because, they don’t dissolve right away. Instead, they bathe your teeth in sugar for long periods of time. Also, they break or chip your tooth enamel if you bite them.
- Sour Candies. These are highly acidic. In addition, the constant exposure to the acid found in these candies causes enamel erosion.
- Choose Dark Chocolate. Although dark chocolate contains sugar, it is a rich source of cocoa which hinders the growth of the bacteria that is responsible for plaque buildup.
You Can Prevent Cavities this Easter by Taking Some Precautions
Eating candy all day long is hard on your teeth and isn’t going to help you prevent cavities this Easter.
If your child has an Easter basket full of goodies, let them select a few pieces, and then set it aside where you are in charge of distributing it. Then, twenty minutes after you eat, your saliva begins to neutralize the acids that are formed by the bacteria in your mouth. So, frequently eating sweets results in your tooth enamel being exposed to cavity-causing acids around the clock.
Rinse Your Mouth With Water
It may be tempting to brush right after eating, but brushing immediately after eating a sugary snack can do more harm than good. Also, your tooth enamel is softer while it’s under attack from the acids in your mouth. So, wait 30-60 minutes after eating to give your enamel a chance to harden. In the meantime, rinse your mouth with water after eating a sweet or acidic treat.
Chew Sugarless Gum to Prevent Cavities This Easter
Chewing sugarless gum can help your saliva glands neutralize the acids in your mouth. Also, it will help remove food particles from your teeth.
Regular Dental Appointments
Make sure that your Easter indulgence doesn’t lead to long-term problems. Moreover, schedule regular teeth cleaning and dental examinations to check for plaque build-up that can cause tooth decay.
Also, an appointment with Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS will allow her to check other areas of your teeth or gums that you can’t see. As a result, you avoid cavities and other oral problems.
Prevent Cavities This Easter – Give Our Office a Call!
Call our Parker office at (720) 409-0008 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Evanson. Located at 17167 E. Cedar Gulch Parkway #202, our office is also accessible to patients in the neighboring communities of Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Castle Rock and Lone Tree.
With a thoughtful approach, you can enjoy some candy AND prevent cavities this Easter!