Fall is here, which means the tricks and treats of Halloween will soon be upon us. As you’re deciding on the perfect costume, which haunted houses to visit, and which gatherings to attend, you may find yourself knocking at the door of your dentist because you and your kids have damaged your teeth from overindulging in candy.
The main problem with Halloween candy, and nearly any other candy for that matter, is the sugar content. Sugar increases the acidity in your mouth and leads to plaque buildup. The danger with plaque is that it breaks down the enamel on your teeth and aggravates the gums which can lead to periodontitis. Should periodontitis be allowed to take root in your gums, your gums can start to swell and recede, which can lead to several other issues. Periodontitis can only be treated with a variety of periodontal services. As you can see, eating too much candy could very well be the first step down a bad road.
While Halloween is most certainly the time to pay extra close attention to your teeth to avoid having to seek out the services of an emergency dentist, you should make checking your oral health something you do throughout the year. This includes brushing and flossing your teeth. Should you ever feel your gums are more sensitive, red, or swelling or bleeding, it’s time to let us take care of you and your oral health.
When it comes to periodontal treatment we offer a number of options, all of which use only the most cutting-edge technology and techniques. Examples of the treatments we provide include root planing therapy, scaling, and gingivectomy.
Before you and your family head out trick-or-treating this year, be sure to keep in mind how to take proper care of your teeth and gums. Contact our San Diego, CA office today to schedule a consultation.