Happy Valentine's Day from your dental team! We love providing your dental care. Don't forget to show your smile some love by brushing and flossing daily.Read More
Today is National Toothache Day. Toothaches can have a variety of causes, including clenching or grinding, decay, a damaged filling, a fracture, an abscess or a gum infection. Call us if you have a toothache that lasts longer than 1-2 days, severe pain, an earache, fever or pain when you open your mouth.Read More
Many people know that limiting sugar consumption is important for good oral and overall health. However, you may be surprised to learn just how difficult it is to keep your sugar consumption within recommended limits when you discover just how much sugar is in everything we eat! Check out these helpful tips from the ADA: http://bit.ly/2keQzf8
1. Know the Limits
When choosing a snack, keep an eye on added sugar (sweeteners like corn syrup or white sugar that are added to prepared foods). Naturally occurring sugars are less worrisome, as they are found in healthy choices like milk and fruit.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that people age 3 and older should consume no more than 12.5 tsp. each day of added sugar. (The same as one can of soda.) The World Health Organization states that adults should consume no more than 6 tsp. of added sugar, and children should have no more than 3 tsp.
When reading labels, you’ll see sugar is listed in grams. Since 1 tsp. of sugar equals 4 grams, aim to make sure the foods you are feeding your child fall between 12 to 50 grams a day.
2. The Truth About Juice
Because juice is high in sugar and calories, water and milk are always the best options for your little one. In fact, if your child is under 1 years old, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests completely removing juice from his or her diet.
Older children can occasionally drink juice, but if they do, there are two things to remember:
- Children ages 1-6 should have no more than 4-6 oz. of juice each day, according to pediatric guidelines. Children ages 7 to 18 should drink no more than 8-12 oz. (Many juice boxes are about 6 oz., so younger children should have no more than one per day, and older children no more than two.)
- Allowing your child to sip on juice throughout the day puts him or her at higher risk for tooth decay because you’re giving that cavity-causing bacteria more opportunities to eat and produce the acid that eats away at teeth. This can also happen with juice that is watered down. “Even though the volume of sugar has decreased, you’ve added the time that it takes to drink it,” says ADA spokesperson Dr. Jonathan Shenkin.
So what’s a parent to do? Limit the amount of juice your children drink, and always offer water or milk first. If your child does drink juice, serve the recommended, age-appropriate limits at mealtimes only. When your family is done eating, clean up any leftover juice instead of letting your children leave the table with it.
3. Skip the Soda
Call it soda, call it pop. But sugary, carbonated beverages by any name are bad news for your child’s teeth. “One can of soda is the amount of sugar recommended for three days for a child,” Dr. Hayes says.
In fact, a February 2016 study in the Journal of the American Dental Association found a strong association between sugary drinks and poor dental health in teenagers. Researchers asked teens 14-19 in Mexico about how many sugary beverages they drank, then examined their teeth. They found 31.7% had tooth erosion, which means their enamel had been eaten away. The main culprit? Soda.
4. Be Picky About Sticky Snacks
If you’ve been under the impression that gummy or sticky fruit snacks are healthy alternatives, you’re not alone. Many parents are surprised to learn they are really closer to candy than fruit, especially when it comes to sugar. “Fruit rollups and other dried fruit snacks are like nature’s candy,” Dr. Shenkin says. “It is like candy, but in some respect it’s worse than candy because it sticks to teeth longer than things like milk chocolate, which is easier to wash away.”
Even foods like raisins, which are often promoted as an all-natural snack option, can be troublesome. “The raisin is one of the worst foods because they’re so sticky and they actually adhere to teeth and stay there for an extended amount of time,” he says. “The sugar in that food is being consumed by the bacteria in our mouth during that time.”
5. Serve Carbs with Care
Whether it’s the crunch or the fact that they’re shaped like their favorite animals, kids love crackers and chips. The truth? “Many crackers are cookies with salt,” Dr. Hayes says. Not only do the carbohydrates in things like crackers and chips break down into sugar, they also tend to get stuck in the tops of your teeth for long periods of time.
6. Set an Example
You’d do anything for your kids. Now, are you ready to do all of the above for yourself too? Dr. Shenkin says setting an example can make a big difference in your whole family’s health. Eat well, brush twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day. “If you want to change your child’s habits, it isn’t just about what they do,” he says. “Do the same thing with them.”
Do you drink more soda than you'd like to admit? Drinking soda can be a tough habit to break. Here are some tips to stop drinking soda for good:
* 1. Don't quit cold turkey— gradually cut back on soda so quitting is more manageable
* 2. Mix soda with water to retrain your taste buds
* 3. Count your calories to be accountable
* 4. Switch to unsweetened tea
* 5. Drink water before soda to quench your thirst
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Is your New Year's resolution to quit smoking? You're not only helping your lungs, but your teeth, too. Smokers are three times more likely to suffer from severe gum disease than people who have never smoked. http://bit.ly/1pynwAB
Merry Christmas from our entire dental team to you and yours! The greatest gift of all is the privilege of caring for you and your smile.Read More
This time of year has a little bit extra sparkle. We want to help you make sure your sparkles are in all the right places— not in your water! The bubbles in sparkling water are carbon dioxide from carbonation, which turns into carbonic acid in the mouth. Acid from sparkling water can erode your tooth enamel just like soda. So skip sparkling water in favor of plain, still water, or indulge in moderation!http://on.today.com/206VyM5Read More
Red is a color that we traditionally associate with Christmas, but you don't want to see it when you brush or floss! Bleeding gums are a symptom of inflammation, or gingivitis, which can lead to periodontal (gum) disease. You can learn to recognize more signs here: http://1.usa.gov/220BCODRead More
If you wish that your smile was a little brighter or whiter, or if you would like to make someone's holiday merrier, call us today. Our team will help make you smile!Read More
As we begin the holiday season, some of us will be indulging in seasonal foods and drinks that can negatively impact oral health. We know it isn't realistic to never eat or drink these treats, but just try to enjoy them in moderation and remember to practice good oral hygiene all year long! http://fxn.ws/2fV7N3qRead More
It's time to vote for the best Thanksgiving pie! Will apple or pumpkin emerge victorious? Vote for your favorite in the comments!Read More
Are you traveling to see friends or family for Thanksgiving this week? Don't forget to pack your oral hygiene essentials in the hustle and bustle of holiday travel: floss, a toothbrush and toothpaste.Read More
There's no better time than now to quit smoking. Today is the Great American Smokeout, a national event that encourages tobacco users to quit or make a plan to quit. Take charge of your oral and overall health and quit smoking today! Ask us how we can support your efforts at your next visit.Read More
Today is World Diabetes Day. Did you know that 1 in 2 adults with diabetes is undiagnosed? Just as in the case of your oral health, early detection and treatment of diabetes helps reduce the risk of developing serious complications over time. Learn more about getting screened from the International Diabetes Federation: http://bit.ly/2e1wMgW#Test2PreventRead More