Halloween is quickly approaching. Which means your child will be bringing home a bag full of candy! Although Halloween is fun for children it can be of concern to parents for both safety and health reasons. With so much candy being handed out during this time you need to be aware of the ones that can cause the most harm to your child’s teeth. The American Dental Association is reporting citrus flavored and sour candies to be among the worst for your teeth. These candies are not only sticky and filled with sugar, but they contain acid that can weaken and damage the outer shell of your tooth making it more likely to get a cavity. Other candies to avoid are caramels, taffies, gummies, and any chewy candies because these are sticky and adhere to your teeth for long periods of time also increasing the risk of tooth decay! The good news is your child can enjoy a sweet treat without too much concern, the top candy on the list is chocolate! Chocolate unlike the other candies washes off the teeth quickly. Keep your teeth healthy Don’t forget to brush your teeth after eating your Halloween candy. Go ahead get dressed and enjoy Halloween!
It is very important that woman trying to get pregnant keep there gums healthy! A new study has revealed woman with periodontal disease take three times longer to get pregnant than woman without and, woman with symptoms of periodontitis-disease of the gum and bone took four times longer to get pregnant. According to research it is believed the infection in the gums and jawbone lead to inflammation in the body. This inflammation may prevent ovulation or may even stop the embryo from implanting. Woman if you are planning on expanding your family, make an appointment for a teeth cleaning and check-up! Healthy gums are imperative for a healthy body!
Drinking too many drinks that are acidic can be damaging to your teeth. With so many drink choices it can be hard to determine which ones are good for you. You may be saying, “I’m ok I drink flavored water”. The truth is flavored water can be just as harmful as drinking soda or juices. To determine the acidity, we need to look at the pH, the lower the pH, the more acidic, and the likelier to cause harm and tooth erosion. The American Dental Association recommends minimizing the amount of these drinks we consume, instead the best drink would be plain water. When that thirst kicks in, think healthy teeth and reach for some refreshing water!
Are you an ice cube chewer? If so we encourage you to quit this bad habit! You may think there is no harm in this but because ice is a crystal as is your tooth enamel, when they rub against each other one is going to break. Yes, most of the time it will be the ice, but sometimes it will be your tooth or a filling that will break. To help you break this habit we suggest you drink your beverages with no ice as well as use a straw.
Experts are warning that woman who loose teeth after menopause are at a higher risk of an early death. Major studies done are suggesting gum disease and the loss of teeth are a red flag indicator of severe health problems. For seven years scientists tracked 57,000 post-menopausal women. They found those women with gum disease were 12 percent more likely to die during that study period. The chance of dying increased to 17 percent for those who lost their teeth. Researchers are warning that gum disease may be an indicator of other problems in the body such as type II diabetes and heart disease. These researchers are encouraging women to go and have a dental screening to try to ward off any future problems. Dr. Nichols and her experienced team can screen you for periodontal disease and put you on the right path to maintain healthy teeth and gums! Keep your teeth and body healthy, schedule your dental check-up today!
Stop go get those scissors! Don’t open that bag up with your teeth! Your teeth were made for eating, not to be used as a pair of scissors or as an extra set of hands when your hands are full. Using your teeth as tools puts you at greater risk for cracking your teeth, injuring your jaw or the possibility of accidentally swallowing something you shouldn’t. So do your teeth a favor and ask for help before using them as tools.
According to reports the FDA will be issuing a new proposal for regulating homeopathic medicines. The focus will be on products that pose the biggest safety risks, including those that are used for children with serious diseases. Understandably there are some that prefer to use alternative methods, but it is the FDA’s responsibility to protect you from products that have no real benefit, especially those that may cause harm! The FDA will focus on those homeopathic products that are being marketed for the use of serious diseases and illnesses that have been proven to offer no clinical benefit. Unfortunately many have placed their trust and money into these homeopathic medicines only to receive no benefit or even worse, irreparable harm ! In 2016 the FDA alerted the ADA of homeopathic tablets and gels being used for teething that had the potential to cause harm! We recommend looking for the ADA seal of approval when purchasing products to treat your mouth.
According to a CNN report some people are claiming apple cider vinegar is beneficial in treating diabetes, controlling weight loss, and is good for your teeth. Apple cider vinegar is being used not only as a mouth rinse but some are using it to whiten their teeth. The ADA does not promote such use! Why? Due to the acidic nature of apple cider vinegar, it can cause wear on your tooth enamel, the protective coating that helps prevent you from getting cavities thus increasing your risk for tooth decay. If you want to keep your mouth healthy and have whiter brighter teeth the ADA recommends brushing twice daily while using a mouth rinse and toothpaste that is ADA seal approved!
The Academy of General Dentistry reports school lunches and snacks are not nutritious for our children’s teeth. Research has shown an increase in the intake of sugar among school age children thus putting them at a greater risk for tooth decay. Researchers tracked and monitored the teeth of preschool children before and after school. The results showed that 59 percent of the children who had eaten sugar four or more times a day or ate two or more snacks between meals at age 5, increased to 83 percent at age 6; a 24-percent increase. With that, the study found an increase in the number of decayed and missing teeth. It is very important to monitor your child’s eating habits! Help your child avoid candy, soda, caramels, and other foods that contain refined sugar. Eating meals and snacks full of fresh fruits and vegetables will not only help your child maintain a healthy diet but also will help ensure good oral health!