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October 14, 2018
Category: Children
Tags: Candy  

With Halloween comes ghosts, goblins and goodies—and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful. 

Here’s why: The bacteria in your mouth are probably more excited to eat Halloween candy than you are. When the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, a weak acid is produced. That acid is what can contribute to cavities. 

But don’t hang up your costume just yet.  Halloween is about candy, dressing up and having fun.  It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween as a splurge as long as you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day all year long.

To help you sort through the trick-or-treat bag loot, we have a rundown of some common candies and their impact on your teeth:

Chocolate

Chocolate is probably your best bet, which is good because it’s also one of the most popular kinds of candy handed out on Halloween. Chocolate is one of the better candies because it washes off your teeth easier than other types of candy. Dark chocolate also has less sugar than milk chocolate.

Sticky and Gummy Candies

Be picky if it’s sticky. These are some of the worst candies for your teeth. This candy is harder to remove and may stay longer on your teeth, which gives that cavity-causing bacteria more time to work.

Hard Candy

Hard candies are also ones to watch on Halloween. They can actually break your teeth if you’re not careful. You also tend to keep these kinds of candies in your mouth for longer periods of time so the sugar is getting in your saliva and washing over your teeth.

Sour Candy

You might want to pass on things that make you pucker – especially if they are sticky and coated in sugar. Sour candy can be very acidic.  And that acidity can weaken and damage the hard outer shell of your teeth, making your teeth more vulnerable to cavities.

Popcorn Balls

Have some floss handy if you’re enjoying one of these fall favorites. Kernels can get stuck in-between your teeth. They are also sticky, sugary and can be hard.

School may be out for summer, but your child’s best teacher is working year-round: You!

Leading by example — especially when it comes to establishing healthy habits like brushingcleaning between your teeth and seeing your dentist — can make a big difference in the health and happiness of your entire family.

That’s why we are celebrating now through June 30, Oral Health Month: "Share More Time, Share More Smiles"  campaign.  This endeavor hopes to decrease poor oral health outcomes by inspiring families to share more time, moments and smiles together, as a means of educating them about the importance of proper oral care. 

We're excited about Oral Health Month, which focuses on the importance of prevention and the impact of good dental health on overall health. Good habits — like brushing for two minutes, twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and visiting a dentist regularly — helps keep smiles healthy.  Leading by example is one of the best ways to teach these healthy habits.

Colgate, in collaboration with the ADA, has developed this campaign to provide bilingual oral health education materials such as sharable infographic, pamphlets and resources on colgate.com/sonrisas.

Bilingual videos, articles, downloadable family activities will also be available on the ADA’s site MouthHealthy.org/OralHealthMonth

November 01, 2017
Category: Children
Tags: Cavities in Kids  

Baby teeth are important. They help your child chew, speak, and smile. They also help permanent teeth grow in the correct position. Did you know that children can get cavities as soon as their teeth first appear? Nearly one in four children ages 2–5 has cavities in their baby teeth and cavities can hurt! They can cause children to have problems eating, speaking, learning, playing, and sleeping. Read below to find out how you can help prevent cavities and promote healthy habits. Children learn healthy habits from their parents and caregivers.

TO HELP PREVENT CAVITIES:

 

DURING PREGNANCY 

Children’s teeth begin to develop between the third and sixth months of pregnancy. To help baby teeth develop correctly, be sure to get plenty of nutrients and eat a balanced diet. For tips on how to eat a balanced diet, visit choosemyplate.gov.  It is important to go to the dentist during pregnancy. Also, remember to brush teeth twice a day for two minutes, clean between teeth, and drink water with fluoride to help keep your own teeth and gums healthy and strong.

BIRTH to 1ST TOOTH (Birth to around 6 months)

Gently wipe baby’s gums with a clean, damp, soft washcloth or gauze after each feeding.  To help prevent tooth decay, fill your baby’s bottle only with formula, milk, or water. Finish bottle feedings before putting baby to bed. Rinse your baby’s pacifier with water to clean it. Don’t put it in your mouth and don’t share feeding spoons. You can pass cavity-causing germs to your child.  Don’t dip pacifiers in sugar, honey, or other foods.

1ST TOOTH to 3 YEARS OLD

Take your child to the dentist for a first checkup after the first tooth appears or by the time your child turns 1.  Brush your child’s teeth twice a day (morning and night). Use a baby toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Start cleaning between teeth daily as soon as your child has two teeth that touch.  Protect your child’s teeth with fluoride. Talk to your physician or dentist about your child’s fluoride needs.  Sippy cups should only be used until around your child’s first birthday. Do not let your child sip all day on drinks with sugar.

3 to 5 YEARS OLD  

Brush your child’s teeth for two minutes twice a day. Use a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste and a small, soft toothbrush. Take turns—brush your child’s teeth one time and then have them do it the next time. Supervise brushing until your child can spit out the toothpaste instead of swallowing it, around age 6.  Clean between their teeth daily—for example, with dental floss.  Encourage your child to eat fruits, vegetables, and foods that are low in sugar, and to drink fluoridated water. Limit the amount of and how often your child drinks juice. Skip soda and sticky foods.  Ask your child’s dentist about dental sealants to protect teeth from decay. 

Now that school is just about a month away from starting (High School District 155 starts one week earlier this year so their finals are before Winter Break!) and most college kids are off to school by mid-August, don't forget to CALL US TODAY to schedule you and your family! 

Also, those of you with Kindergarten, 2nd, or 6th Graders remember you need to have the Dental Examination form for your respective school according to Illinois State law completed by October 15th (most schools want the forms turned in before school starts).  We have extra forms here so don't worry if you forget to bring them to your child's appointment.

We wish you a wonderful summer filled with glorious sunsets and fabulous sun rises!  

Don't let the fear of tooth decay
keep you from indulging
in Easter candy.

 

Whether you’re 5 or 105, Easter candy can be incredibly tempting.  However, too much of a good thing can be a very bad thing.  92% of adults and 60% of children have dental decay. 

Abstaining from  Easter candy is no fun for anybody.  A few simple tips can ensure that your child (or even you!) get to enjoy the fun treats while protecting their teeth in the meantime. Here are some ideas you can try:

  • Don’t let sugary treats sit in your mouth for too long. Stick with candy that dissolves quickly or is chewable. Bacteria in the mouth feed off of sugar to create acidic reactions, and when there is a lot of sugar sitting on your teeth for long periods of time, the acid can damage the teeth enamel.
  • Parents may want to limit how much Easter candy their child can eat, especially if he or she ended up with a lot of egg-hunt loot!  A suggestion is letting the child eat as much candy as they want, IF they brush their teeth between each piece! What a brilliant idea to not become the “mean parent.” The amount of candy they consume is entirely up to them at this point.
  • Try to have them eat all the candy they want in one sitting, and then get rid of the rest. Dragging out the candy consumption is actually worse for your teeth, because you’re consistently feeding sugar to the bacteria. If your kids eat a lot at once, then they can just brush their teeth and be done with it.