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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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Snacks for Healthy Teeth

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Smart Snacks for Healthy Teeth

Getting your kids to eat fruit, veggies and yogurt instead of candy, chips and ice cream might feel like pulling teeth. But it’s important to encourage them to eat “smart” snacks to keep their teeth – and body – healthy. Whether you’re transitioning your older kids to a healthier, balanced diet or just getting started with a little ones, here are some tips for healthy snacking: Set the tone. Your kids mimic what you do, so it’s important that you eat smart snacks too. And be sure to practice good oral hygiene in front of your kids; if you brush and floss after meals and snacks, your kids will too.

Get Creative with Healthy Snacks

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Get creative with snacks. Show your kids that healthy snacks can be fun! Prepare tasty combinations, such as apple slices with peanut butter, fruit smoothies, meat and cheese rollups, or yogurt sprinkled with granola and bananas.Keep your kids involved. When you make your grocery list, ask your kids to brainstorm about what kinds of food they’d like to eat. This is a good opportunity to help them understand what’s good for their teeth and what’s not. Then go grocery shopping together and teach your kids how to read the Nutrition Facts label so that they can check the sugar content. Prepare nutritious meals. Snacking smart is great for your teeth, but so is eating well-balanced lunches and dinners. Make sure to add fruits and vegetables to every meal so that your kids become accustomed to them.

See Dr.Stumpf for More Creative Healthy Choices

We can help you come up with even more ideas for healthy snacks – come in for a visit, and we’ll work on a plan together.

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