October 2017 / MONTHLY ARCHIVES

Halloween Candy and Kids' Teeth

Kids, Halloween Candy, and Teeth

by Kimberly Chessser
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To kids all over the United States, Halloween means one thing: candy. It gives parents nightmares and gives dentists the chills. Is there a way for kids to enjoy candy on Halloween without haunting visions of cavities rising like ghosts? The answer is yes! How Candy Damages Teeth Bacteria eats the sugar leftover in your kids’ mouths and then produces a weak acid. This weak acid is what causes cavities. The longer sugar stays in the mouth (think of sucking on hard, sugary candy all day long), the more cavities will develop. However, most dentists will tell you that it is okay for your kids to splurge on candy for Halloween if they brush twice a day and floss once a day for the rest of the year. Eating Candy Safely Banning candy is just going to make your kids...
Dental Patient with Checklist for Dentist

A Dental Checklist for Your Next Visit to the Dentist

by Kimberly Chessser
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If you’re like most people, you don’t look forward to dental visits and want to get the most out of every visit. Trips to the dentist mean much more than just a regular cleaning or a quick check for cavities.  They are an essential part of your oral health. Bring a List of Questions Make a careful list of any questions you have for the dentist. Your dentist will be happy to answer your questions about teeth, gums, sinus pain versus tooth pain, cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, and other tooth-related topics. Don’t just depend on what you can find with a quick Google search. Make a List of Issues and Concerns Have your teeth become sensitive to cold? Does your jaw click? Is there an individual tooth that hurts? Make a list of all these concerns...