There are many fun activities to engage in around and during Halloween. For some, this time of year is especially exciting because it encourages spooky decorating and costumes, while others can be content to watch their fill of horror movies. For the youngest people in your family, the reason for the season can revolve around trick-or-treating, and the accumulation of candy. Your Riverside, CA dentist hopes you and your family have a terrific time this Halloween, but we also want you to think about how you can enjoy the holiday while still protecting your teeth!

Cavities And Your Diet Choices

When your diet changes, your risk for cavities can change, too. This is important to remember during Halloween, a time when people may not realize just how many sweets they are consuming in the weeks leading up to the holiday itself. Whether you encounter candy in a dish put out by a friendly coworker or find it hard to resist sneaking a few treats from the candy you collect to share with the trick-or-treaters, this is a time where your risk for cavities can be higher than you realize. You should be especially careful about stickier and harder candies, as they can carry higher risks.

Is It Time To Reevaluate Your Smile Care Routine?

Even if you are confident in your current smile care routine, this is a good time to think about how you can make improvements on it. Give yourself at least two minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth each time you perform this task, which should happen at least twice per day. Remember that you also need to floss at least once a day to keep the areas where your teeth meet clean. At your next dental exam, you and your dentist can talk about what your routine should look like if you want to stay out of smile trouble.

Make Sure Your Next Dental Exam Is Scheduled

Routine dental visits benefit people of all ages, and they are helpful at any time of year. With that said, this is a great time to think about returning to the dentist’s office if you have fallen behind on your regular exams and cleanings. These visits provide important early warnings if you need restorative dental work, and they provide guidance and support for your daily smile care efforts.

Talk To Your Riverside, CA Dentist About Cavity Prevention

Through effective cavity prevention, you can control your risks for problems at any time of year, even when you are more likely to enjoy plenty of sweets. If you have questions or would like to set up an appointment with our office or another location closer to you, call us at the following:

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.