Posts Tagged ‘Top 5’

Top 5 Ways to Save Your Teeth this Halloween

Monday, October 25th, 2010

According to Dr. Gib Snow, a Los Angeles orthodontist, “The week after Halloween is one of the busiest times of the year for orthodontists. Emergency visits spike as we see children, teens and even adults who have suffered dental injury or damaged metal braces as a result of eating candy and other treats.”

Even if you don’t have braces, caution against overindulging in Halloween treats can go a long way toward preserving your oral health. Below, a few tips to consider once the bewitching hour is upon us…

1. Treats that are hard, crunchy or chewy can spell disaster for teeth. Try to limit indulging on these types of candy.

2. Soft candy, such as chocolate kisses or peanut butter cups, melt in your mouth and aren’t as damaging to teeth. Still, you should…

3. Remember to brush and floss after eating anything sugary.

4. After drinking soda or a holiday cocktail, don’t make a habit of chewing in the ice, as it can cause damage to tooth enamel.

5. If you wear braces, be especially good with dental hygiene, as candy trapped behind braces can lead to tooth decay and staining.

Vanessa Hurley

The Top 5 Ways to Prevent Cavities

Monday, September 27th, 2010

To paraphrase a well-known aphorism, the price of eating ice cream is eternal vigilance. If, like me, you have a sweet tooth, then one thing you need to consider is how to keep that sweet, sweet rocky road from leading to bitter, bitter tooth decay.

When it comes to cavities, the name of the game is prevention. And the best way to fight cavities is to make sure you never get them in the first place. To that end, the American Dental Association offers these guidelines for preventing cavities in children, teenagers, and adults.

From the website of the American Dental Association:

Preventing Decay:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.
  • Ask your dentist about dental sealants, a protective plastic coating that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts.

Visit the ADA tooth decay page to learn more.

Dennis Pacheco and Vanessa Hurley