Creepy Cavity Causing Halloween Candy can Damage the Teeth!

This Halloween don’t let the cavity creeps get to yours or your child’s mouth this year! Sure, those little costumes and candy are cute and adorable, and don’t cost much. Unfortunately, what does cost a lot, is the damage that can be done to a child’s teeth if teeth aren’t properly cared for.

In case point, adults are guilty of sneaking candy out of bowls and bags too. Especially those irresistible bite sized candy bars. Furthermore, cavities caused from Halloween don’t stop at children. During the Halloween and holiday season, everyone needs to make sure that they are keeping that holiday smile healthy!

Read more of this blog on tips on taking care of yours and your child’s mouth this Halloween. First and foremost, we will list the worst candy for the teeth….

Halloween’s No Lister Treats
 Gummy Bears
 Candy Corn
 Sour Pucker Candy
 Popcorn Balls
*Dark Chocolate is better than Milk Chocolate

Tips on Keeping  your Holiday Smile Healthy

Drink a lot of water
Keeping a lot of water on hand can help wash the sugar away from the teeth.

Regulate the consumption of candy that you and your child eat
Even one piece of candy can cause a cavity; however, keeping candy eating to a minimum is always healthier.

Brush your teeth often
Without ruining the Halloween fun, make sure that everyone enjoys their candy with a lot of extra brushing, flossing, and rinsing afterwards.

Visit your dentist for a checkup within a few weeks after Halloween
Keeping those teeth healthy is always important any time of the year, and getting regular dental checkups can help prevent future teeth problems.

For more information on keeping yours and your child’s teeth healthy this Halloween, read this article.
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Got Cavities? Now what …

At a young age, our mothers and fathers begin reminding us before bedtime, “brush your teeth or else you’ll get a cavity!” Growing up, this is usually enough to get a kid up out of bed and back in the bathroom to properly brush and floss their teeth. The fear of having to go to the dentist  for cavities and of having a possibly painful operation is greater than childish rebellion or laziness.

Most kids don’t know what a cavity is, let alone what happens when you need to remove one. The truth is most adults do not know until they have had one either. The hard thing is if you don’t understand what cavities are, you don’t know how to protect yourself from getting one.

Back to the Basics

To start, what is a cavity? It’s a hole in your tooth.

A cavity occurs when there is tooth decay or erosion of the enamel on your teeth. The formation of a cavity starts with the build up of plaque. While plaque occurs no matter what you do, consuming sugary foods and drinks causes higher amounts of plaque to form. When you brush and floss your teeth, you help to reduce and prevent build up of plaque. When plaque is left on your tooth enamel for too long, its bacteria will attack and break down your enamel.

The number one way to prevent cavities is to practice good, strong oral health and hygiene practices. This means brushing and flossing at least twice-a-day, choosing nutritious and healthy food options, maintaining a balanced diet, and visiting your dentist regularly for checkups.

What happens when you get a cavity?

If you do get a cavity, don’t worry. It happens to even those who take perfect care of their teeth. In most cases, visiting a dentist and repairing your cavity is an easy and painless process.

In most cases, patients will need a filling to keep the tooth decay from worsening. This means removing the decayed and affected areas in your teeth. Then, the dentist will clean out the area and replace the hole with, you guessed it, a filling.

For more developed cases where the tooth decay alters the shape of the tooth, a crown will needed. A crown is essential like a tooth-shaped cap. First, you will visit the dentist to get an impression of your tooth and have a temporary crown placed on your infected tooth. Next, you will come back to the dentist to have a permanent crown based on your impression placed in your mouth. Less often, an entire tooth extraction may be needed when a filling in crown is not enough to save the tooth.

If you want to learn more about oral health and how to prevent cavities, you can check out more helpful articles on our blog.

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants Protect Molars from Cavities and Tooth Decay

Many people protect their car’s paint by waxing their car every three to six months. In most cases, people will use plastic covers to protect their cars from debris and weather erosion. The question is: what do people do to protect their back molars from harmful bacteria and acids? In the modern dental world, Dental Sealants are on the rise to protect your teeth.

These sealants protect your teeth the same way that wax protects the paint on your car. While brushing and flossing are key to good oral hygiene, it is difficult to cover all the surface area in your mouth. This extra protection serves to reduce risk for tooth decay and cavities. If you have yet to hear about how this procedure can help prevent your teeth, continue reading for more information.

What are Dental Sealants?

They are another method of protecting the tooth’s surface from cavities, when brushing and flossing fails. Primarily, they are placed on the back molars, due to their hard to reach locations. According to the American Dental Association, “sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars.”

What are Dental Sealants made of?

They are made with a liquid based resin that adheres to the biting surface of the back molars. After that, the resin quickly dries, and turns into a hard plastic-like material. Actually, Dental Sealants are invisible, and do not feel any different than the natural tooth, and can last up to ten years.

Who can benefit?

Although Dental Sealants are not for everyone, most dentists will only recommend them to patients who are prone to getting cavities. In other words, children and adults can both use them to help protect their teeth. However, dentist suggests that the earlier in life they are used, the better.

What are the Pros and Cons?

Alike most things, there are always pros and cons. If you would like to dig deeper, and find out more about Dental Sealants and procedures, read this article for more information.

To learn more about about tooth decay and how to protect your teeth from decay, check out other articles on our blog or view our educational videos.

Smile

Science behind your Smile

Smiling is one of the most important things in the world. It may be small, but your smile has a huge impact. In case reminders about periodontal disease and cavities can’t convince you to come into the dentist, perhaps the positives of having a beautiful smile can convince you to take care of your teeth.

Your smile is very, very powerful, so you might as well make it beautiful. In fact an article by Forbes reported that  scientists concluded “smiling can be as stimulating as receiving up to 16,000 Pounds Sterling in cash.”

Each and every time you smile, chemicals are released in your brain. According to Psychology Today, when you smile, neuropeptides are released. These can help fight off stress by allowing neurons to communicate with one another. Smiling actually has many of the benefits of getting a good nights sleep.

Additionally, neurotransmitters such as dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin are released. As a result, your body relaxes, your heart rate and blood pressure lowers, and you feel happier. The serotonin specifically acts as an antidepressant. Therefore, if you are having a difficult and stressful day, it will likely actually help you if you smile!

There are many other advantages of smiling. For example, if you are in pain these natural chemicals can actually help relieve your pain, so next time you have a head ache try flashing a smile. Plus, smiling has even been shown to make people more attractive. People who smile more often are even sometimes treated differently. Just imagine how much more attractive your  smile will be after a trip to the dentist!

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Dental Implants

Dental implants are replacements for the roots of your teeth.

1. They are made of titanium.

Dental implants are used to replace bone because Dental implants are made of titanium because of its strength and ability to fuse with bones. Titanium is often used in bone implants because it is lightweight and is a metal that is not rejected by the body.

2. They have a success rate of up to 98%.

As with any procedure, the success rate of dental implants can vary. However, success rates can be as high as 98% in some cases where patients are ideal candidates. Ideal candidates have enough bone to support the implant and healthy gums that can undergo an oral surgery. Most patients with good oral hygiene will be good candidates for dental implants, but of course you must be evaluated by your dentist on an individual basis.

3. Dental implants are not painful.

The name dental implants make the procedure sound painful and daunting. However, most patients report less pain than a tooth extraction. There is often local anesthesia involved, which decreases the discomfort of the procedure. Dentists also recommend treating any remaining pain with over-the-counter-pain medication.

4. Dental implant surgery is one of the most predictable procedures in dentistry.

Although there are risks as with any surgery, complications are rare. Of course, risks are higher for patients who have pre-existing conditions. Be sure to discuss your risks with your dentists before beginning any procedure.

5. Dental implants can’t get cavities!

Although you still have to brush and floss your crown, it cannot get cavities like natural teeth. For any other questions about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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4 Things You Didn’t Know Diabetes and Oral Health

1. Those with diabetes are more likely to develop gum problems

2. Gum problems can influence the development of diabetes

This is not a one-way street. Just as diabetes can affect oral health, oral health can affect diabetes. Serious gum disease may cause blood sugar to rise and may make diabetes harder to control. Serious gum disease can also contribute to the progression of diabetes.

3. You can control both your gum disease and your diabetes

Practicing good oral hygiene can help control your gum disease. Be sure to go to your dentist for regular check-ups and inform him of any changes you notice in your mouth. Diet and exercise can also contribute to minimizing the effects of diabetes and preventing gum disease. Some tips include:

  • Keep your blood sugar as close to normal as possible.
  • If you have dry mouth, try a mouthwash without alcohol.
  • Brush your teeth after every meal. Wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing to protect any tooth enamel that’s been softened by acid in the food.
  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Rinse daily with an antiseptic mouthwash.
  • If you wear dentures, remove them and clean them daily. Do not sleep in them.
  • If you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit.

4. Your doctor and dentist need to work together

Your dentist should be informed about your diabetes, and your doctor should know about your oral health condition. They need to work together to create a cohesive treatment that will help both conditions.

If you have any further questions about diabetes and oral health, feel free to contact us today.