25Oct, 2016

Halloween Candy: Your Dental Health Survival Guide

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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,” says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula […]
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23Oct, 2016

American Association of Orthodontists Ranks the Acid Levels in Popular Drinks

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Soft drinks—even diet drinks, sports drinks, and fruit drinks that are low in sugar or sugar free—include acids that can damage teeth. To help orthodontic patients manage these risks, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has prepared a list of the pH levels of more than 30 popular beverages. “It’s tempting to reach for soft drinks. People around us drink them regularly, they are easily purchased in vending machines and at convenience stores, and many are heavily advertised,” said Morris N. Poole, DDS, and president of the AAO. “Sugar is known to be […]
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20Oct, 2016

5 Easy Tips to Protect Your Children’s Teeth This Halloween

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Do your children sort and savor Halloween candy like Susan Carraretto’s daughters? Here are 5 tips for keeping little teeth happy this time of year from 5 Minutes for Mom. 1. Know your child and set limits accordingly.  If your child naturally self regulates their candy consumption like my Julia and Sophia, don’t add unnecessary rules that might cause them to rebel. On the other hand, most kids will need help with guidelines or even strict limits. In some families, it makes sense for the parents to store the candy out […]
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12Oct, 2016

Selfies While Brushing Your Teeth Lead To Better Dental Hygiene

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The “selfie” fad may be causing a number of unfortunate incidents across the globe but it also has its upside. According to a new study, recording video “selfies” while brushing teeth can help improve a person’s oral health. The study’s participants used stands to hold their smartphones and film themselves as they brushed their teeth. Even though the period of time for which the participants brushed did not change, the researchers found an overall eight percent improvement in their skill. The brush strokes were noted to be more accurate and […]
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4Oct, 2016

Receding Gums: Treatment Options and Causes

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Receding gums are also known as gingival recession. The pink gum tissue normally covers the root of the tooth. This can become exposed when the gum is pushed back or if the tooth is in an abnormal position. Receding gums are common and often unnoticed at an early stage. There are many risk factors, but age is a main one – 88 percent of people older than 65 have receding gums in at least one tooth. The main concern with receding gums is that when the roots of the teeth become exposed, […]
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