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Tooth Whitening Is Not Equal to Tooth Brushing
Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about tooth whitening not being equal to tooth brushing.
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 Ferraz-Dougherty. “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. ìChocolat…
Halloween is around the corner, which for most children means bags of free candy and a chance to build a stockpile of sweets for the winter. No surprise, Halloween can also present parents with a variety of health and safety challenges. “It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween but it’s important to have a plan,” says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty.
Here's how you can help your family stay MouthHealthy on Halloween and year-round. Time It Right Eat Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals. This helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles.
Stay Away from Sweet Snacks Snacking can increase your risk of cavities, and it’s double the trouble if you keep grabbing sugary treats from the candy bowl. “Snacking on candy throughout the day is not ideal for your dental health or diet,” Dr. Ferraz-Doughert…
Trying to brush the back teeth in the deepest part of our mouths is a challenge even when we're adults. No matter how carefully we proceed, we may miss some areas thanks to the deep grooves in our molars. This is especially true for children whose hand-to-eye coordination isn't fully developed. The collected bacteria and acid triggers plaque formation, which will lead to decay. And once a tooth has decay, it is damaged permanently and will need a filling or a crown.
The application of dental sealants helps counteract a child's inability to brush properly, protecting their teeth. The procedure is harmless, painless, and takes just a few minutes to complete. After the tooth (or teeth) is cleaned and sterilized, a thin, white or clear plastic coating is painted on the tooth. Then a curing light is directed over the sealant to bond it into place. This requires no shots, drills, or the removal of any tooth structure. Applying dental se…