Preventing Cavities this Halloween
Halloween is in just a few days. Soon, nearly every home in Beaverton will be filled with candy that children and adults alike will be only too eager to consume. There is certainly nothing wrong with enjoying this holiday or the many sugary treats it brings, but with increased sugar intake comes increased responsibility to care for teeth and prevent cavities.
Sugar does not actually cause cavities, but it still plays a big role in tooth decay. Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugars to produce a highly acidic byproduct that plaque holds fast to teeth. When not removed quickly, plaque hardens to tartar, essentially securing these acids to the surface of the teeth and allowing for issues such as tooth decay and infection. The best way to prevent this from happening? Brushing after every sugary snack.
Beaverton family dentist Dr. Michael Negru suggests using a soft bristled toothbrush to prevent enamel erosion, and selecting a toothpaste with a mild abrasive such as baking soda to remove plaque. Don’t forget to floss at least once a day – morning and night if you’re eating more candy – and to come to our office every six months for thorough cleanings and examinations to maintain optimal oral health.
If you are looking for a family dentist in the Beaverton or Aloha areas of Oregon, please contact Bright Smile Dental today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Negru.