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Halloween is known for the mass consumption of candy, chocolates, confections and other assorted treats. All of these sugary treats can easily promote cavities and tooth decay. This is even more likely if you already have a suspect cavity or a questionable filling.

The sticky confections can get trapped in the natural contours of tooth enamel, encouraging the natural bacteria in your mouth to exploit the area. The residual sugars in your mouth also promote the growth of plaque and hardened tartar. This can exacerbate pre-existing gum disease problems.

Here at Matthew Jelinek, your dentist recommends a few basic ways to prevent cavities after eating Halloween candy.

After you have finished enjoying a sweet treat, you should vigorously rinse your mouth with water. Then, you can gently brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste 30 minutes later. This will clean away residual candy bits from the contours of your teeth.

Flossing your teeth can also be a great benefit. After flossing, you could then rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill some of the lingering bacteria in your mouth.

Of course, all of these measures are in addition to your daily brushing and flossing efforts.

If you have questions about additional measures you can take to help prevent Halloween cavities in Shakopee, Minnesota, you can always call Matthew Jelinek at 952.233.1020 and talk to Dr. Matthew Jelinek.