We have always been told that moderation is the key to a successful and healthy life. That mantra is true for the consumption of sweets and the overall health of your teeth. As we approach Halloween, the idea of candy and cavities come to mind. As your dental advocate, we would like to give you and your family tips on maintaining a healthy smile.
Tip 1. After every session of sweet consumption, neutralize the pH level in your mouth by drinking or rinsing with water. If you are within close reach of your floss and toothbrush, perform proper oral hygiene 30 minutes after your rinse. The simple carbohydrates found in many refined treats are easily degraded by bacteria into energy and waste. The waste produced can turn our mouth into an acidic environment and promote caries formation. The idea behind the water rinse, or neutralizing the pH level in our mouth, is to prevent an acidic environment from forming, thereby decreasing your risk for cavities.
Tip 2. Eat only a reasonable amount of treats, then sell the rest! The Monday after Halloween, November 2nd, bring your glut of candy by our office at 428 Magnolia Ave in Larkspur. We'll buy back the excess candy for $1 per pound and assemble care packages for military personel serving overseas through Operation Gratitude. (operationgratitude.com) This is a great way to allow your kids to enjoy the holiday and also share their treats with others!
Tip 3. If you or your child has experienced severe sensitivity during the consumption of your candies, please visit a dentist as soon as possible.
Dr. Hyatt’s Dental Corner
As your family advocate for dental care we would like to provide you with some tips on how to save your money and have a beautiful smile.