Halloween and Dental Health

Halloween and Dental HealthIt’s almost here… Halloween! The trick-or-treating. The parties. The costumes. The ghouls and goblins. The candy. Oh, the candy. It’s a time of year that can bring your kids loads of fun… and, if they’re not careful, loads of cavities. Naturally, as a parent, you want your children to have the time of their lives choosing their costumes, getting all ready for that big party or night of going to door-to-door with their friends. But you don’t want them to overdo it on the candy, and not just because you don’t want them getting all hyped up on sugar, either. You know that all that extra sugar can lead to cavities. And what’s a cavity? It’s nothing more than tooth decay. If you’re a parent who’s dreading Halloween for its notorious ability to bring on the tooth decay, try following some of these dental health tips to help keep your kids’ teeth healthy no matter how much candy they get. Continue reading “Halloween and Dental Health”

Best Candy for Teeth

Best Candy for TeethSay what?! Best candy for teeth?! Is there such a thing? You bet. Fact: Your kids love Halloween. Fact: They want to go trick-or-treating. Fact: You’re going to let them (or suffer the consequences of whiny kids from now until next Halloween). Fact: They’re going to get lots and lots (and lots) of sweet, sugary, sticky, ooey, gooey candies. So, what can you, as a parent, do about all these facts?  Do you put your foot down and forbid your kids from going trick-or-treating? Not likely. Or, do you just throw in the towel and let ’em have at it? Of course not. Believe it or not, there is some middle ground here. Not all of your kids’ Halloween treats are ghoulish on their teeth. In fact, some of it isn’t so bad at all, and some is actually good. Here are some dental health tips about the best types of candy for teeth that can help parents sift through all the scary information about the effects of Halloween candy on their kids’ teeth. Continue reading “Best Candy for Teeth”

How to Clean Teeth Between Brushing

Clean Teeth Between Brushing
We all know that dentists suggest brushing as one of the most important daily health tips. But who hasn’t found themselves in a situation where you become separated from your toothbrush? Maybe you forgot to pack it for a trip or ended up staying the night somewhere and you weren’t planning to. Here are a few ways to clean your teeth without a toothbrush or toothpaste. It’s important to note that this doesn’t replace regular brushing, but is a temporary fix for those times you find yourself without proper dental equipment once in a while. Continue reading “How to Clean Teeth Between Brushing”

Hard Bristles Versus Soft Bristles

Hard Bristles vs. Soft Bristles
One of the daily health tips every dentist is going to suggest to their patients is to brush their teeth every single day. You are more likely to have a pleasant experience if you find the right toothbrush and this will make it easier for you to stick with the regimen suggested by the dental professional. When you stand in front of the display in the store though it can be difficult to choose just the right toothbrush. Do you need a toothbrush with soft bristles, hard bristles or medium bristles?   It’s important for the toothbrush to feel comfortable. Aside from comfort, are there any benefits to having a toothbrush with soft or hard bristles? Are there any features that makes one a better choice than the other? The answers to these questions might surprise you. Continue reading “Hard Bristles Versus Soft Bristles”