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Thanksgiving Dental Health

Now that Halloween and the fear of candy harming our teeth has passed, there are more holidays approaching that cannot be ignored. The upcoming Thanksgiving and following Christmas, Hanukkah and other festivities, do more than just bring together families and increase gift buying.

All of these events are also an opportunity to indulge in foods we may only see one time each year. In addition to the threat to our midsection, some of these foods and can also harm our oral health. If you’re looking to keep your teeth healthy this Thanksgiving, here are some tips to consider.

Sugar

Like any other day of the week, eating sugary foods like desserts and drinks in small amounts, or avoiding them all together is key. At Thanksgiving, there will likely be an endless supply of pies and cookies on the table. If you reach for those to satisfy your pumpkin pie craving, be sure to also excuse yourself from the table and brush afterwards to fight any acid attacking tooth enamel.

Starch

Thanksgiving is a holiday when starches are pretty hard to avoid. Everything from fresh baked dinner rolls to gravy can contain it. But starch can wreak havoc on your teeth the same way sugar does, by attacking enamel and causing decay. Be sure to drink water with your meals and swish it around your mouth as you eat to break up and keep food particles from sitting in between your teeth.

Get Up From the Table

Even if you try to practice healthy choices at the dinner table and stay away from certain foods on Thanksgiving, you can still do harm if you don’t realize just how long you’ve been sitting and eating. It’s easy when the family is gathered around the table to lose track of time, enjoying each other’s company, but eating and talking could add up to a few hours at the table and that is far too long for your teeth to have food moving through them with no break. Schedule some periodic walks away from the table. Go for stroll, take your conversation over to the fireplace, and give yourself some time to floss and brush before the next serving.

As we enter the holiday season, it’s a good idea to get dentist cleanings for the year booked as well. Contact Fried Dentistry to request your next appointment.

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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!

 

What to Do If You Have Bad Breath That Won’t Go Away

Bad breath, or halitosis, can be unpleasant and embarrassing. It can have many causes, including eating certain foods, poor oral hygiene, dental appliances, and medical conditions. In many cases, doing a better job of brushing and flossing can help, but sometimes you need to take extra steps to deal with the problem.

Possible Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath is often caused by eating certain foods with strong odors, such as onions and garlic. Food begins to be broken down in the mouth. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash can mask the odor temporarily, but the food will need to pass through the body before the smell will go away completely.

Poor oral hygiene can also contribute to halitosis. Not brushing and flossing well can leave food particles in the mouth. Bacteria can grow on the teeth, gums, and tongue and cause bad breath. Using an antibacterial mouth rinse can help.

Dental appliances can become breeding grounds for bacteria. Not thoroughly cleaning dental appliances can lead to bad breath. Dentures need to be cleaned daily to remove food particles and bacteria. Mouth guards should be cleaned after each use.

Smoking and chewing tobacco can cause bad breath. They can cause other oral health problems, including stained teeth and irritated gums.

If you have tried brushing, flossing, and using an antibacterial mouthwash but you still have bad breath, you could have a more serious dental condition. Gum disease is a frequent cause of persistent bad breath. When plaque builds up on teeth, it can irritate the gums and cause bad breath. Cavities can also contribute to bad breath and need to be treated promptly.

Some medical conditions can cause bad breath. These include bronchitis, pneumonia, sinus infections, post-nasal drip, acid reflux, diabetes, and liver and kidney problems. You might also have a medical condition that is causing dry mouth and leading to bad breath. Dry mouth can be caused by a problem with the salivary glands, or it could be a side effect of a medication you take to treat another condition.

How to Treat Bad Breath

If you have bad breath, work on improving your oral hygiene. You should brush for two minutes twice a day and floss once a day. If you use an oral appliance, clean it thoroughly every day.

You should also see your dentist for an exam and cleaning. He or she will be able to see if you have any signs of gum disease or tooth decay and recommend the appropriate treatment. If your bad breath is not caused by a dental problem, your dentist may refer you to a doctor to look for a medical cause. If you are concerned about bad breath or due for an exam and cleaning, schedule an appointment at Fried Dentistry in Wallingford, Connecticut today.