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A tooth-friendly Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and you know what that means… candy and lots of it. “Candy” is not an unfamiliar word for our Dentist; I think they say “candy” numerous times a day. Every time we visit them we all hear the “are you staying away from candy/sugary stuff?” We try to laugh it off, but let’s take it serious. We all want those delicious sweet gummy bears, hard candy or chocolate bars right? Of course we do! We don’t just spend hours trick or treating from house to house collecting yummy candy and just not have it. Just like everything in life, there is a limit. We can enjoy our sweet but lets limit the sweet intake. The American Dental Association gave us some recommendations that are pretty…sweet! Remember that we just want the best for you and your family’s dental health!

These recommendations include:

  • Let’s stay away from sticky candy.
  • Think twice about that hard candy. Hard candy can damage/break your teeth.
  • Try and eat candy with meals.
  • Avoid drink with too much sugar.
  • Floss, floss, floss
  • Brush 2 x day
  • Schedule dental checkups every 6 months

 

We hope you have a safe and tooth-friendly Halloween!

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Go Back to School with a Healthy Smile!

It seems like summer just began, but here we are again getting our children ready to go back to school. Whether you are checking off items on a school supply list, or getting them ready to head off to college, don’t forget these student tips for maintaining a healthy smile!

We want to make sure that…

1.Your child should brush their teeth twice a day. The morning brush can be before or after breakfast, but tooth brushing should always be the last thing a child does before bed. This also helps them develop a routine – brushing teeth becomes associated with bedtime.

 

2.But once they’ve gotten the hang of brushing, teaching them how to floss is an important follow-up. Floss is an interdental cleaning device, meaning it helps remove food and debris between teeth that the toothbrush misses. Flossing helps polish teeth, fights the development of plaque and keeps bad breath at bay. It’s never too late to start flossing, but the earlier your kids get into the habit, the better.

 

 3. We want to make sure our kids have a healthy diet. What you eat does matter!

For example:

  • Ice is for chilling, not chewing.
  • Watch the citrus intake. Acidic foods can erode enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay over time.
  • Sticky food and candy is your teeth’s worst nightmare.
  • Swap out soda or milk with water
  • Watch out for sports drinks, though good, they contain high levels of sugar.

 

Make sure your children are up-to-date with their dentist appointments!

 

We wish you a happy Summer and Back-to-school!

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Why is it important to go to the dentist?

The earliest history of treating tooth related problems goes all the way back to 7000 BC. Advance technology was not available in those times, meaning the materials used to treat any dental problems was a bow drill, which was an ancient primitive tool used for woodworking. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates and Aristotle wrote about treating decayed teeth as well as having teeth extracted to keep mouth pain away. The concept of having a tooth extracted from the mouth through using forceps was often used to treat many diseases into the middle ages. With no professional education and no anesthesia! Ouch!

Moving forward to today, thanks to advanced technology and schools specialized in Dentistry; you can have treatment done by professionals and with the best equipment to little or no pain. It is important to have regular dental visits. They help keep your teeth and gums healthy. The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist every 6 months.

Visiting the Dentist every 6 months can:

  • Prevent gum disease.
  • Discover early signs of cavities.
  • Check for oral cancer.
  • Reduce the likelihood of dental emergencies.
  • Maintain good oral health

 

Call your Dentist today and schedule an appointment for you or a loved one!

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