Chances are your entire family will be enjoying at least a little candy this Halloween. As with most things, candy can be fine in moderation. But it shouldn’t be an integral part of your diet. Too much sugar can be bad for your waistline, but also quite damaging to your teeth. If you want to enjoy a healthy smile, and a little sugar, here are steps you can take to prevent cavities, plus how to cope with them if they’ve formed.
Preventive Care is the First Step
Preventive care like daily brushing and flossing can help reduce the likelihood or extend of plaque buildup. Plaque-fighting mouthwashes can also be beneficial. But these are not always enough to completely prevent plaque from calcifying onto the teeth. When this occurs, a professional cleaning is the only way to have it removed.
Promptly removing plaque buildup can drastically reduce your chances of developing a cavity, which is one of the many reasons dentists recommend biannual checkups and cleanings.
Treat a Cavity With a Filling, a Crown, or Both
If a cavity has already formed, restorative treatment may become necessary. After thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing the area, a filling can be used to fill the hole. A dental crown can create added protection against further decay or even infection. Dentists may even recommend both, particularly if the cavity created a large hole within a tooth.
Without prompt treatment, a cavity is likely to worsen, often leading to an infection within the tooth itself. To avoid this, seek treatment as soon as possible, rather than delaying, hoping things will get better.