A ferrous candy in teethLoving the smile you have can be difficult at times, especially when surface-level chips and cracks cause noticeable discrepancies. Fortunately, cosmetic treatment can address this, just as your unique situation can be addressed with a variety of other methods. Indeed, so many things interact with and negatively influence your smile, and sometimes factors you are not even aware of can cause more damage than you think. In today’s blog, your Silver City, NM dentist discusses how sugars are linked to the increased progression of dental decay, as well as what steps you can take to prioritize your oral health.

Halloween is Nearly Here

It goes without saying that the latter three months of the year are often most people’s favorite. After all, a majority of major holidays take place back-to-back (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hannukah, and more) and there are many benefits to the season. For instance, many people are able to take a break from work and school, as well as travel, go on vacation, get together with loved ones, and of course, indulge in some delicious treats.

Up first in the lineup is Halloween, a holiday popular received by younger grins, as it offers them one chance in the year to dress up and become anyone or anything they want. Of course, the basket full of free candy is an added bonus!

Bear in mind, however, that sugars contained in candy are not only bad for your physical health but your oral health as well. Give our team a call today to learn more about this process and what you can do to better prioritize your oral health.

How Sugar Expedites Decay

Tooth decay is among the most common oral health concerns there is, affecting millions of people every year. It begins when oral bacteria lurk in the recesses of the mouth and produce acid that weakens the protective layer of enamel surrounding your teeth. Over time and without treatment, this can lead to the formation of cavities, infected teeth roots, and even tooth loss.

When you introduce sugar into the mix, what occurs is that the bacteria begin to produce this destructive acid at a more rapid rate. As a result, the sugars catalyze the decay process. In other words, candy really can rot your teeth.

What to Keep in Mind

Total sugar elimination is not feasible for many, and as such, our team recommends moderation. Further, after you or a member of your family consumes a sweet treat, you should take care to clean your teeth shortly thereafter so as to eliminate any traces of the substance.

Schedule Your Appointment

For more information about the dangers of sugar and steps, you can take, contact Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM by calling 575-534-3699 to schedule your next appointment with our team today.