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Tips to Avoid Scary Dental Issues This Halloween

Halloween is the start of consecutive holidays that are centered on food and treats. While it’s a great reason for fun and bonding with family and friends, it can also be a really scary time for your teeth if you’re not careful.

This year it’s predicted that U.S. consumers will be spending more than ever on candy and costumes. $2.7 billion is predicted to be spent on candy alone this year.

If you want to spare yourself the aches and issues that will show up later, here are a few tips to skip terrifying dental issues this Halloween.

Eat in Moderation

As with anything that we indulge in in life, we must keep it in moderation. The same is true for candy and sweets. It’s very easy to get out of control when there is a giant bowl of goodies sitting in front of you, or candy everywhere you turn – which is typically the case for Halloween. And since it’s not just the children indulging in the candy bowl, now’s a great time to practice self-control. It can be tricky to resist temptation but delineating between reasonable and over consumption is a life-long skill you’ll want to practice and demonstrate to your children.

Keep Mouth Clean

When it comes to tooth decay, there is no worse culprit than sugar that sits for too long on the tooth’s surface. Think about it, if you’re eating a giant amount of candy after a long night of trick or treating and going to bed soon after, that means all of that dangerous content is sitting in your mouth for much too long. Even waiting until the morning to brush it off is too long, the damage will already be done. Swishing some water in your mouth while eating candy may also help to wash some of the sugar away instead of sitting on and between your teeth while you eat it. Brushing and flossing will be the best options.

Skip the Candy

Candy isn’t the only culprit to oral issues. Other sugary drinks and sodas or even hard food items like candied apples can wreak havoc on the teeth. If you’d rather avoid the frightening outcome, consider opting for alternatives to candy for this Halloween. Kids and adults can still enjoy and passing out sentiments without it having to be candy. Cheap novelty toys and games for example can still be fun, without the aches.

Scheduling regular dental visits is the best way to keep your family’s oral health in check. If you’re in the Wallingford, CT area and looking for a dentist, contact us today – we’d love to help!

 

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Brushing Between Meals: Can Food Ruin Your Teeth?

There are certain oral health rules we’ve all learned as children: Brush well in the morning and before bed, rinse, floss and visit the dentist. But doing that is not enough. Depending how frequently you’re eating throughout the day and the kind of foods you’re eating, you might need to add additional brushings to this routine to avoid oral health issues.

Here are other points to consider when it comes to brushing your teeth between meals.

How Brushing Your Teeth Helps

Brushing your teeth regularly with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste helps prevent tooth decay, reduces plaque build-up and can even prevent gingivitis. Not to mention it freshens breath and is key to general personal hygiene. If you’ve ever eaten a food with lots of garlic and flavor, then you know how terrible having lingering tastes in your mouth feels. Brushing your teeth is a great way to alleviate this.

Why Food Remnants Are Dangerous

As side from hygienic practices, brushing your teeth after meals can help stop decay from bacteria foods leave behind. One of the largest culprits, sugars and carbs, can attack the enamel on your teeth in just twenty minutes. So brushing your teeth after eating them makes sense. However there are even greater dangers to your teeth if you apply this tactic after eating acidic foods.

Studies have shown that brushing your teeth after you eat an orange for example or anything that contains citric acid, can erode the enamel on your teeth. Up to 30 min after eating the food your teeth are at risk or being damaged if you brush them.

Finding a Better Routine

To avoid all of these issues you should opt for healthy, clean foods that are low in sugar, carbs and acid when possible and always floss to remove foods that may become trapped between the teeth.

You should also plan your brushing schedule around the foods you know you’ll be eating. Plan to brush your teeth either prior to eating acidic foods or use only water to rinse your mouth as a way to still remove dangerous food particles away from in-between the teeth and within in 20 minutes of eating bacteria causing foods.

Getting a dental cleaning is a preventive measure on your part to avoid dental problems that result from deposits on your teeth that cannot be removed by regular brushing and flossing.

If you’re in the Wallingford area and in need of a dentist, David L. Fried D.M.D. has been delivering comprehensive care to the CT area for over 30 years. Contact Fried Dentistry to schedule an appointment to finally get the dental care you need.

The Best Foods for Healthy Teeth

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The benefits of eating a well-balanced diet have been touted for years. From weight loss, to longer life and more energy, the advantages are endless.

Over the years, modifications to the recommended amounts of food have changed, but the basics of eating clean, natural foods remains. Did you also know that there are some foods that are better for your oral health than others? Eating poorly can result in bad breath, gum disease and other issues.

Here are the best foods to eat for healthy teeth.

Dairy

It’s true what we’ve been told for so long, milk strengthens our bones and the calcium is also good for our teeth. Cheese and yogurt, which are also high in protein, are also great dairy options for keeping teeth healthy and strong. The elements in these dairy product do everything from fight acidity and bacteria in the mouth to restore enamel on the teeth.

Fruit

Fruits are a tricky food group to include when discussing oral health and in particular strong teeth since many citrus fruits are the culprit to enamel erosion and tooth decay. The vitamin C in the fruits however are great for your teeth. Apples are a safe bet. They help keep saliva going in the mouth, work to scrub the plaque on your teeth as you chew and contain fiber.

Vegetables

This is the largest food group with safe choices for oral health. They contain the least sugars, and calories so eating them in larger quantities isn’t a problem. And as an added bonus, there are tons of great minerals and vitamins in vegetables.  Leafy greens like spinach and kale have folic acid and vitamin D while carrots and celery – which contain vitamin A and C –work to improve the overall health of your gums and mouth. Again, the chewing you have to do to get these crunchy vegetables down only further helps to keep plaque off your teeth and your gums strong.

Nuts

Nuts, which are also a food that is low in sugar, are highly recommended for combatting tooth decay. There are a range of different options and textures to choose from including cashews, Brazil nuts and almonds and the combination of calcium, phosphorous and protein keeps tooth decay at bay.

One thing to keep in mind is that while it’s a given that sugars and hard, sticky candies are terrible for your teeth, there are some healthy foods that contain the same problem-causing sugar and should be monitored and consumed in regulated amounts.

If you’re ready to get your teeth back to a healthy state then make an appointment at Fried Dentistry today.