4 Healthy Teeth Tips for Halloween

4 Healthy Teeth Tips for Halloween

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Many kids (and kids at heart) look forward to Halloween. It’s the time of the year when all sorts of candies and other treats are handed out freely. 

During this spooky season of fun and treats, Cakmes Dental Studio wants to ensure that you and your family’s oral health is well-taken care of. 

The following can help you keep your teeth healthy while enjoying Halloween

  • Brush and floss

Brushing and flossing your teeth are one of the simplest yet important ways of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. 

Brushing your teeth for at least 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste makes sure that no sugar will be sticking on your teeth, especially at night. 

Flossing is also important as it removes food particles between your teeth that your toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Plus, it helps remove plaque beneath your gum line.

  • Pick a treat or two

Like many of us, you may get used to treats during Halloween. While not having these sugary treats is ideal, some of us may find it challenging to do. 

A good compromise is picking a fun-size treat or two and giving the rest away.

  • Make your own sugar-free treats

The two types of bacteria that are destructive in your mouth feed on sugar. They form a dental plaque, a sticky, colorless film on the surface of your teeth.

When plaque is not washed away by saliva or by brushing, the mouth becomes more acidic, making it more prone to developing cavities.

Hence, avoiding sugar can benefit your dental health. 

If you are considering this route, making your own sugar-free treats this Halloween is a great idea. There are tons of recipes you can find online – from candies to savory meals you can share in Halloween parties. 

  • Drink plenty of water

Drinking water, especially a fluorinated one, is one of the most beneficial things you can do to prevent tooth decay.

Halloween may only be celebrated once a year but taking care of your dental health can benefit you for years to come.

To request an appointment at Cakmes Dental Studio, call us at (865) 584-6163 or visit: https://cakmesdentalstudio.com/contact/.

References:

https://www.altamed.org/articles/trick-or-teeth-tips-healthy-halloween

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-sugar-destroys-teeth#section2

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What is periodontitis?

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If your gums are swollen, appear bright red or purplish, bleed easily, and feel tender when touched, you may be suffering from periodontitis.

What is periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a serious gum condition that can damage the soft tissues and destroys the bones that support the teeth. It’s often a result of bacteria that’s been allowed to accumulate on the teeth and gums.

Most cases of periodontitis results from the accumulation of plaque. It’s a sticky film that’s comprised mainly of bacteria. 

When we neglect our dental hygiene, plaque can accumulate and harden under the gumline. The longer it stays there, the harder it is to remove.

If left unmanaged, plaque accumulation can cause gingivitis, a mild form of periodontitis. Ongoing gum inflammation can eventually lead to periodontitis and other complications.

What are the signs and symptoms of periodontitis?

Aside from red, swollen gums that bleed easily, periodontitis may also cause the development of new spaces between your teeth, the formation of pus between teeth and gums, bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

Is periodontitis treatable?

Periodontitis can be treated. The earlier it is detected, the better the treatment outcome. 

Cakmes Dental Studio provides periodontal care. We assess your gum condition and recommend the most suitable options for you. 

Our Periodontal Care Services include periodontitis treatment, gingivitis treatment, bacterial infection treatment, and  inflammation care.

Periodontitis is a highly preventable and treatable disease. While basic dental care habits such as brushing and flossing can help, seeing a dentist can help prevent the progression of early-stage gum disease.

To schedule an appointment, you may call us at (865) 588-8202.

 

References:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/periodontitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354473

https://www.healthline.com/health/periodontitis

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Foods that will help keep your teeth healthy

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You are what you eat. But did you know that your diet doesn’t just affect your physical health? It can also have an impact on your oral health. 

What to eat for better dental health

Foods are not created equal. There are those that promote dental health and there are also those that cause tooth decay and gum disease.

If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy, make sure to load up on these good guys:

  • Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables

Fiber-packed fruits and vegetables keep your saliva flowing. 

Your saliva reduces the effects of acids and enzymes on your teeth. They also contain traces of calcium and phosphate, which help restore the minerals that are lost due to bacterial acids.

  • Sugar-free chewing gum

This is another food item you should have on hand if you want to keep your saliva flowing, especially after a starchy meal. 

Sugar and starch can come in contact with plaque (a thin invisible layer of bacteria), forming acids that can damage your teeth enamel.

  • Milk and other dairy products

The calcium and phosphate from milk and other dairy products can help restore some of the minerals lost due to other foods. 

  • Teas

Green and black teas contain polyphenols that either kill or keep the bacteria from causing any damage in your mouth. 

  • Anything that contains fluoride

Fluoride-containing food can help keep your teeth and gums healthy. 

Examples are fluoridated water and fluoride-containing powdered juices (as long as they don’t contain a lot of sugar) and dehydrated soups.

On top of watching your diet, it’s also important to have good dental habits like brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and seeing a dentist at least once a year.

Cakmes Dental Studio have dentists and staff who will take good care of your oral health needs. We are committed to giving our patients the best dental care out there.

To schedule an appointment with us, you may call (865) 584-6163.

 

References:

https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/diet-and-dental-health

https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?ContentTypeID=1&ContentID=4062

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