Last weekend, many of our patients attended Easter celebrations, which means they now have a number of sugary snacks, such as candy eggs and chocolate bunnies, in their home. While we love the occasional sweet treat as much as anyone, too much sugar can lead to the onset of tooth decay. What do you need to know about Easter candy and cavities?
Candy and Tooth Decay
Candy contains a high amount of sugar, which can be left behind on and between the teeth when children consume sugary foods. Bacteria will break down the remaining sugar particles, increasing oral acidity and leaving a layer of plaque on the teeth. Plaque can weaken tooth enamel and make the onset of cavities more likely. Children may eventually develop tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, or persistent toothaches, which often indicate the presence of a cavity.
Limiting the Risk of Cavities
To help protect your child’s smile, we recommend cutting down on the amount of candy kids can eat during the day. Try to limit their pieces of candy to meal time and have them wash down the sweets with water, which helps remove the food particles. In addition, be sure your little ones are brushing and flossing their teeth regularly and properly, as this can remove the sugar particles from on and between the teeth. You may also try a little bribe, such as offering a chance for them to “trade in” their candy to you for money or a small toy.
Schedule a Checkup and Cleaning
Finally, make time every six months for a checkup and cleaning, so we can pinpoint decay in the earliest stages and remove all plaque from their smile. The visit takes only a short amount of time and can help safeguard your little one’s smile. If you have any questions or concerns about avoiding cavities, or if you’re ready to make an appointment for your child, then contact our team today.
Does Your Child Need a Checkup and Cleaning?
Our team can help your child’s smile stay strong, healthy, and free of cavities. To schedule a consultation, call the Viva Dental Family Dentistry office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).