The holiday season is upon us, and first up is Halloween. Of all the things to look forward to, Halloween candy is likely at the top of anyone’s list. There’s nothing wrong with indulging in some spooky-themed sweets, but Dr. Gregg Codelli will advise you that keeping up on your oral hygiene routine is more important now than ever. Without it, a number of symptoms can occur from mild to severe. These include halitosis, cavities, gum disease, and more.
Halitosis, or bad breath, is one of the less severe symptoms of poor oral hygiene coupled with over-indulgence in Halloween candy. In most cases, bad breath can be cured by simply brushing and flossing your teeth. However, it can also be an underlying symptom to more serious conditions: tooth decay or gum disease.
Gum disease, or gingivitis, is caused by an overabundance of harmful acids in the mouth. When you eat sugary foods, the natural and healthy bacteria in your mouth produce an acid that then attaches to your teeth and hardens. This is called plaque, and high amounts of plaque can lead to tartar and infections in the gums. The best way to remove plaque is by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day.
Sometimes, when sugars are eaten in high amounts and the plaque is not dealt with by brushing, the acids will begin to dissolve the enamel of the tooth. If the plaque is not removed often enough, eventually it will lead to small holes in your teeth, also known as cavities. A cavity is not as easily treated as halitosis, and you will have to see a dentist like Dr. Codelli to have it filled.
All of these symptoms are easily prevented, but not as easily reversed. The best solution to enjoying your Halloween candy and not suffering these consequences is a regular healthy oral hygiene routine. Call Dr. Codelli in Atlanta, GA today for a consultation.