Protecting Your Teeth this Halloween

Greetings St. Paul! Welcome back to the ongoing dental blog of Serafimov Dental. We hope the fall season is treating you well. The holiday season has officially begun, and it won’t be long before you start hearing Christmas music. The holidays are a joyous occasion, filled with wonder and joy.

But the holiday season can also bring some unexpected challenges. Take Halloween for example. Everyone loves candy; I’m partial to Reese’s Pieces. Those little bite sized peanut butter candies are too die for. But sadly, candy can wreak absolute havoc about your teeth and cause tooth decay.

Tooth decay is a scary subject, but a real one you have to be aware of. So in today’s dental blog, we’re going to look at some of the risks of tooth decay. Because as G.I. Joe always said “knowing is half the battle!”

Decay forms as cavities in your teeth. Cavities are pits in your teeth in which plaque has eat away the enamel of your tooth, exposing the vulnerable inside of your teeth to bacteria and other decay. Most people will have at least one cavities during their lifetime; even though cavities may seem like a common problem, they are nothing to take lightly.

In order to prevent cavities, you need to prevent plaque from forming on your teeth. That means brushing twice a day for at least two minutes at a time. It also means making sure that you floss at least once a day. These small steps are great ways to help prevent cavities, but alone they are not enough.

It’s helpful to avoid some of the most decay causing foods and drinks to prevent cavities. This means choosing water instead of soda, for instance. Soda, even the varieties without sugar, is super acidic. This acid erodes the enamel of your teeth making them more vulnerable to plaque and bacteria. That means cavities.

Sugar filled foods also attract a lot of decay causing bacteria. Sugar is found in candy, of course, but also in foods you may not realize. Take white bread for instance; the starch in the bread breaks down into simple sugars as you chew. That means even a daily sandwich can put you at risk for cavities.

Ultimately, it’s probably not realistic or very appetizing to avoid all the foods that can cause decay. That’s where a visit to our office can help!

The American Dental Association recommends visiting the dentist every six months for a routine cleaning. During this appointment we can check your teeth for cavities, and remove plaque and dental tartar from the hard to reach places in your mouth.

If you are considered to be at an especially high risk for tooth decay, we may also recommend a dental sealant. A dental sealant is a special coating for your teeth that helps to protect them from cavities and decay.

So don’t let tooth decay get the best of your smile. Take the fight to the bacteria! Make an appointment at our office today. We can be reached at 651-321-5877. Serafimov Dental is proud to serve the residents of St. Paul, MN and the surrounding area.