Valentine’s Day is almost here and pretty soon the little ones will be hauling home a bag full of sweet nothings leaving parents with visions of dancing dentists in their head. Love me or love me not, candy can wreak havoc on our teeth. Children are not the only ones to overindulge on Valentine’s Day. Shockingly, Americans purchase more than 35 million boxes of Valentine’s candy every year contributing over 345 million dollars to the economy on Valentine’s Day. 58 million POUNDS of chocolate are consumed, can you imagine? Willy Wonka is one happy man. Americans in general consume about 10 to 12 pounds of chocolate every year but here comes the worst part: more than 60 percent of that consumption is done by women. Yes, we know, we know. Not only do our teeth suffer but so do our waistlines.
Palm Harbor, FL dentist, Dr. Paul Caputo, posts the question, do you or your family get cavities often? Dr. Caputo points out that research shows certain important factors can be the catalysts to affecting your risk of tooth decay. How many cavities do you already have? Do you have decaying teeth? Do you have immediate family members with dental decay? Do you have fluoride in your water, toothpaste and mouth wash ? Do you continue to get fluoride treatments at the dentist’s office? What are the types of foods you eat and most of all…how well do you really take care of your teeth?
Palm Harbor, FL dentist, Dr. Caputo, suggests the following to help prevent decaying by that delicious but evil Valentine’s candy not to mention the other bad food choices we occasionally make.
There are ways to strengthen your teeth. Placing protective coatings or sealants on your back teeth, your molars, can halt bacteria and acids from sticking in tiny crevices of our teeth. Sealants are used on both children and adults.
Using items with fluoride, and things with calcium and phosphate ions can reduce your oral risks. Fluoride actually penetrates the teeth and replaces important minerals that the acid has removed.
Keep your mouth clean and reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth. Take control of bacteria in your mouth by brushing at least twice daily and flossing regularly. Most importantly Dr. Caputo recommends visiting your dentist on a regular basis. Early detection of decay can be done and ultimately be treated or better yet reversed.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A