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Damage Control for Halloween Candy

This is about what we all consume in spite of what we know to be a healthy lifestyle

Let’s face reality.  We all love candy! We all eat candy.  I know that most of the candy given to kids for trick or treat is consumed by the adults that have the control over that loot. That being said, I want to explore an option on how to consume the stuff without major damage to those pearly whites.

How Do Dental Cavities Form?

shutterstock_128574920A basic knowledge of how a cavity develops is needed.  There are four components to any cavity:  Sugar, bacteria (plaque), time, and of course a tooth. Bacteria turns sugar to acid and it is that acid that will eventually eat away the tooth. Take away any one of those necessary components and you are safe.  For the sake of this discussion, we will keep the tooth and the sugar in the picture and look at damage control by changing the other two components, time and bacteria.

The Bacteria in Your Mouth is Interesting

Let’s start with bacteria.  It is everywhere. Even after brushing, your mouth has more bacteria than a public toilet.  Damage control is focused at lowering that bacteria count where it matters.  Just where is that?  We all know we need to brush our teeth to remove the plaque, but concentrate on the hard to reach areas where plaque likes to hang out.  Gum line areas are commonly missed by the best of tooth brushes.  Bristles will jump right over the base of the tooth if you don’t concentrate on where you are brushing.  Don’t forget to clean the tooth surfaces between teeth.  Thirty-five percent of the tooth’s surface can’t be reached by a brush no matter how hard or long you scrub.  Get something to clean between the teeth.  You know floss is one of those things, but there are other options if you find that difficult. Try an Air Flosser, a Waterpik, or little brushes made for cleaning between teeth.  If you don’t want a cavity between your teeth then clean the gunk off of the entire tooth surface- simple deduction.

Acid Overload

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Now the last variable in damage control is time.  How long is the sugar on the tooth?  Do you eat a piece of candy here and there throughout the day  in an attempt to keep the amount under control?  Perhaps you dole out the sugar to the kids the same way to avoid having your kids hanging from the chandelier from the sugar rush.  It takes your mouth 15-20 minutes to clear the sugar each time you take a bite (or a sip of soda or juice!).  That is a long time and bacteria are very good at using that time to produce that dreaded acid which in turn eats away at your beautiful smile.

Damage control is focused on lowering the amount of time the teeth are exposed to the sugar (acid).  So gather the kids and the candy and let’s EAT!  Consume as much as you want in ten minutes.  Wash it down with a gallon of juice or the poison of Mountain Dew. Your mouth is already an acid dump so why not go crazy.  When ten minutes are up, you are done.  Get some water and rinse your mouth. Set a timer for fifteen minutes and let your mouth begin to come back to normal. Research has shown that immediately brushing your teeth after an acid overload can do more damage to your enamel, so it is important to wait a SHORT while.  Just don’t forget to BRUSH your teeth to get the residual junk out of there.

Remember, this is damage control for your teeth.  Your blood sugar and other body functions are not considered here.  This is about what we all consume in spite of what we know to be a healthy lifestyle.

LET’S EAT RESPONSIBLY.

 
dr_stumpfJanelle Ferber-Stumpf D.D.S.
Making smiles beautiful since 1983
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, Wi   53072
262-970-0111
BestCareInTheChair.com
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5 Candy Alternatives That Will Keep Trick-or-Treaters Smiling

halloween-kidThe fall season brings an amazing amount of fun activities for you and your family. From the excitement of Halloween, to school fall festivals, kids and parents alike look forward to the cool weather and family memories. Unfortunately, Halloween and fall festivals can also do a number on your child’s teeth. Hard candies, sweet treats and sugary snacks can be cavities waiting to happen. Handing out Halloween treats doesn’t mean you have to hand out oral health disasters. There are a number of healthy alternatives to the candy bars and licorice- some that trick-or-treaters might even enjoy more than the sugary treats. Take a look at some of these creative trick-or-treat alternatives that will leave all the little ghosts and ghouls smiling throughout the year.

Applesauce Pouches

Applesauce is still a sweet treat, and not nearly as hard on the teeth. Not only that, they’re portable, affordable and a great way to avoid the mess of some other treats. You can get a pack of 48 pouches for about 35 dollars on Amazon, which is enough to give all the trick-or-treaters something healthy to smile about.

Sugar Free Gum

While sugar free gum may not be the most exciting item in your child’s bag, it’s still a quality alternative to all the junk they’ll be getting. You can get tasty sugar free gum such as Dubble Bubble and throw a few pieces in along with other healthy treats. Parents will appreciate the lack of sugar, and the kids (especially those kids who love their chewing gum) will be happy with a full bag of “candy.”

Toys

If you want to skip the food items altogether, many parents have opted to hand out toys instead. There are a number of items you can get in bulk such as pencils, erasers, stickers, mini water guns, temporary tattoos, mini play dough, sidewalk chalk, bouncing balls, bubbles and more. The possibilities are endless and none of these things will land your child in the dentist’s chair. If you’re thinking of skipping the candy and handing out toys, head to your local dollar store to find amazing deals on bulk items.

 GREAT WISCONSIN CHEESE

Single serving cheese sticks are both nutritious and delicious.  They are available in large packages at most local grocery stores, supply calcium for healthy teeth and bones and lower the acids in the mouth to fight cavity development.

Chips and Crackers

Lunch box packages of chips and crackers are also available in bulk packaging. There are assortments that are sure to please a multitude of finicky munchkins.  Who can refuse a package of Doritos, Cheetos, Fritos, or Potato Chips?

These days there really are dozens of candy alternatives that don’t skimp on the flavor. Do your own research to find what works best for you and your family, have fun with it, and get everyone involved.

dr_stumpfDr. Janelle Stumpf
Stumpf Dental

N28 W23000 Roundy Drive

Pewaukee, WI 53072

Phone: (262) 955-8970

Is It Snoring or Sleep Apnea?

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Millions Suffer From Sleep Apnea

About 80 million people in North America snore, and approximately 12 million Americans have sleep apnea. So what’s the difference, and why does it matter?

Snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft palate and uvula, occurring when the airway becomes obstructed during sleep. Several things can obstruct the airway and cause you to snore, including allergies drinking before bed, being overweight and having large tonsils or a deviated septum.

If you snore now and then, you probably have nothing to worry about. But chronic snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, a more serious sleep disorder. People with sleep apnea stop breathing in their sleep – sometimes up to 100 hundred times an hour – for one minute or longer. Left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your chances of serious health conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease. At a minimum, you may feel groggy in the morning or unable to concentrate during the day.

Sleep Apnea Can Be Treated

The good news is sleep apnea is treatable. The two most common ways to treat sleep apnea are continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, which is administered by a physician, and oral appliance therapy, which is administered by a dentist. CPAP therapy can be very effective for people with sleep apnea, but some find it difficult to sleep with a mask. More people are increasingly turning to the oral appliances administered by dentists. Oral appliances are small, flexible devices that look like mouthguards. They increase the airway space and reduce air velocity and soft tissue vibration (snoring) by moving the lower jaw into a forward position. Patients who have tried both say that oral appliances are more comfortable to wear, easier to care for and very cost-effective.

Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

Is Your Child Really Brushing Their Teeth?

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Five Clues Your Child is Not Brushing

If your skeptical about your child  brushing their teeth then here are five clues your child is not brushing their teeth:

1. The toothbrush is dry.

It’s tough to keep the toothbrush dry if you’re actually brushing! Make sure to check your child’s toothbrush every day (and night) – before it has time to dry.

2. You can still see food particles.

After your child has brushed, ask for a smile. If you can still see bits of food on or in between your child’s teeth, send your child back to the bathroom for a do-over.

3. Teeth don’t pass the “squeak test.”

Have your child wet his or her finger and rub it quickly across the outside and inside of his or her teeth. If the teeth are clean, you will hear a squeaking sound.

4. Breath is everything but fresh.

If your child is brushing and flossing regularly, his or her breath should be fresh. The foul odor associated with bad breath is most often caused by food particles — either food left in between teeth or food trapped in the grooves on the tongue.

5. Your child has a toothache.

Even if you can’t tell if your child is brushing well, a toothache is a red flag. Make sure your child sees the dentist right away – a filling or other treatment may be in order.

Include Regular Visits to Dr.Stumpf as part of  a Regular Oral Health Regimen

Remember, brushing is just one part of your child’s total oral health regimen. In order to remove stubborn plaque and tartar buildup and prevent other dental problems, regular exams and cleanings are a must. Plus, your Pewaukee dentist can help reinforce the importance of good oral hygiene with your child.

Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

What’s Your Excuse?

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Here are some of the Most Common Excuses to Not Visiting the Dentist

At Stumpf Dental, we cannot even tell you how many times we’ve heard people say things like…“I’ve been meaning to make an appointment but I just haven’t gotten around to it.”

With that in mind, here are some of the most frequent excuses people have for not visiting the dentist.

  • Going to the dentist is too expensive!

Actually, the opposite is true! While quality health care certainly can be costly, the investment in preventive dental procedures such as cleanings, exams and necessary x-rays can save thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars in more extensive treatment later. The sooner you go, the less it will cost!

  • Dental appointments are uncomfortable

While a dental visit may not be as much fun as a night at the movies, it’s not as difficult as it was decades ago. Modern anesthetics and dental techniques have made a trip to the dentist more pleasant than ever before. Express your concerns to your dentist and chances are she or he will have a solution. If you don’t think your dental team is doing all they can for your comfort, it may be time to find one who does!

  • I’m not in any pain so I don’t need to go!

Even if you take fantastic care of your teeth and gums, waiting until you have pain means you waited too long! Early cavities and gum disease are painless. Waiting for symptoms can lead to complicated expensive treatment and even tooth loss!

Stumpf  Dental Values Quality Dental Care

At Stumpf Dental, we value the importance of regular dental examinations and preventive cleanings. Our goal is to make your dental treatment as comfortable and cost-efficient as possible, and to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to make an appointment, please give us a call at 1-262-970-0111. We’re here for you!

And If you aren’t making any excuses, please feel free to forward this to someone who is. You’ll be doing them a huge favor!!

Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

How Do I Save Myself From Wisdom Tooth Extraction?

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It’s Not That Easy

You have no control over your tooth size, jaw size and growth of 3rd. molars. They are the cards in life you have been dealt. If the teeth erupt and you can clean them, you may be able to keep them a lifetime. But if they are unable to come up or only come up part way, they cause big trouble, painful infections and trouble for the tooth next to them. You could lose multiple teeth.

Wisdom Tooth Problems

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The problems involving your wisdom teeth may be caused by the size of your jaw and/or by how crowded your teeth are. Common warning symptoms that there is an un-natural problem in the development of your wisdom teeth could be pain and swelling.

Symptoms can be caused by:
1) Infection to the gums
2) A crowded tooth displacing neighboring teeth
3) A decayed wisdom tooth
4) Poorly positioned wisdom tooth
5) A cyst that destroys bone

Make an appointment and visit our office if you have any further concerns or would like me to examine your teeth.
Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072