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The effects of sugar on teeth

June 10th, 2023

Sugar is a type of carbohydrate that can be harmful to teeth when consumed in large amounts.
When sugar is consumed, it mixes with the bacteria in the mouth to form an acid that can attack the teeth.

This acid can erode the enamel on the teeth, Which can lead to tooth decay.
Tooth decay is a common problem that can cause cavities, or small holes, to form in the teeth. If left untreated, cavities can continue to grow and spread, causing more and more damage to the teeth.
Cavities can be painful and, if left untreated, can lead to more serious dental problems, such as infection and tooth loss.
To help protect your teeth from the effects of sugar, it is important to practice good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing regularly, and to limit your consumption of sugary foods and drinks.
If you do consume sugary foods, it is a good idea to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water afterwards to help remove the sugar from your mouth.
By taking these precautions, you can help keep your teeth healthy and prevent tooth decay

What are the worst snacks for teeth?

Certain types of snacks can be especially harmful to teeth because they contain high amounts of sugar, stick to the teeth, or are highly acidic.
Here are some examples of snacks that can be particularly harmful to teeth:

Candy: Candy, especially hard candy and gummy candy, can be harmful to teeth because it is high in sugar and can stick to the teeth.

Dried fruit: Dried fruit may seem like a healthy snack, but it is often high in sugar and can stick to the teeth, increasing the risk of tooth decay.

Fruit juice: Fruit juice is often high in sugar and acid, which can erode the enamel on the teeth.

Soda: Soda is high in sugar and acid, which can be harmful to teeth

Sports drinks: Sports drinks are often high in sugar and acid, which can be harmful to teeth.

Energy drinks: Energy drinks are often high in sugar and acid, which can be harmful to teeth.

By choosing snacks that are lower in sugar and acid, and by practicing good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing regularly, you can help protect your teeth from the harmful effects of certain types of snacks

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Halloween and Halloween Candy Safety Tips For Parents

October 18th, 2021

Many children everywhere are excited to dress up, go out on Halloween and claim their fair share of Halloween candy. Here are some Halloween safety tips for parents.

    1. Remember to check labels. Here are some of the reasons why it is important to read the labels. An allergen can be present in their treat and can affect your child.
      Some ingredients can affect your child negatively due to conditions.
    2. Homemade Treats can seem innocent and safe but there's just no telling what ingredients are in them, not only because of allergens but because of deliberate harmful content. These are absolutely a NO-GO.
    3. No snacking while actually trick or treating.
      Many children will want to snack on some of their candy during the trick or treating fun but this is dangerous because it means the candy was most likely not checked. If they absolutely feel like having some of the candy while they are out, make sure to check it thoroughly before they have at it. It is best practice to be with your children while they enjoy this traditional national pastime but if you find yourself in the position of sending your kids out, make sure that they don't go out hungry. They may not want to snack after having a snack or a light meal. Let them know that they are not allowed to have anything anyone gives them until it is checked.
    4. Bobbing for apples should be individualistic. Apples should be washed before use.
      Children can also share germs and bacteria as well as illnesses such as covid if they share the same barrel for bobbing.
    5. Party Food should be protected. Food should be safe before serving. Unpasteurized products can contain Salmonella. Keep Salads, Sandwiches, fruit, cold cuts, and cheese platters chilled.
    6. Halloween Costumes and Sizes. Make sure to get the right size to prevent any unwanted trips and falls. Face paint is typically safer than masks.
      Sometimes Halloween masks can limit children's vision as well as breathing. Check their masks before they go out. Also, check the masks for harmful materials like fake hair and excess strands of material inside the mask that can get caught in their mouth from breathing it in.
      Costumes, wigs, and accessories should be fire-resistant.
    7. Glow sticks, reflective tape & strips, and costumes do wonders for being able to see and be seen by drivers and neighbors alike.
    8. Crossing: If there is any night to cross at crosswalks and corners, it's definitely on Halloween.
    9. Predators. We wish we didn't have to mention this one but because it's a reality, we must all be aware that there will be predators out there. If your children are trick or treating without you, Make sure that they are in a group.
    10. Never enter a stranger's home or car.
    11. Group Tactics. Keep safe distances from each other due to covid but stay close enough so that no child gets left behind. The group should check behind themselves and around the area every time they move or even stay stationary.
      Staying aware of the people around you and people walking past is suggested. If something or someone looks suspicious, say something.
    12. Doorbells. Don't ring doorbells with exposed hands. Use a prop if you can.
    13. Some towns like Clifton NJ and Nutley NJ tend to use crossing guards and neighborhood watches for Halloween. Your small group should walk past them and stay in highly lit areas so the guards can remember your group and be able to share needed details.

Is it Covid or is it a toothache ? Know the difference

December 22nd, 2020

Have a fever? Wondering if it's Covid-19 or Toothache?
Since Jan of 2020, Covid-19 has caused fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. Because you may already be aware of the symptoms of covid-19, and that's good, but it can make you panic.

Having a fever can make most people believe they or their children have covid
but having a fever can mean several other reasons such as a dental infection.
Let's read more to have a better understanding of the differences.

Kid with fever

First, here is a list to understand the symptoms of covid-19.
Knowing the common symptoms is very important.

Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting

If you are experiencing these, stay as safe as possible, practice social distancing, and get tested. It is important to also limit your contact with the outside world to avoid being affected and spreading the virus respectively.


How do we determine if it is a toothache?
Here are the common symptoms of a toothache:

Pain in a tooth
Persistent throbbing or aching in a tooth
Sensitivity to hot or cold foods/drinks
Sensitivity to pressure when chewing
Swelling in the face or cheek
Tender/swollen lymph nodes under the jaw or in the neck

These symptoms create discomfort in the mouth. So self-monitoring for these signs can be very helpful in distinguishing a toothache from covid-19.

Teen with toothache


When to visit the dentist for emergencies

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If you feel your child has a toothache, please call the dentist right away.
Your child may have an infection. Infection can spread through the face and even the
body if left untreated.



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Personal Dental Care: Brush Your Plaque Away

November 7th, 2020

Personal Dental Care: Brush Your Plaque Away

Personal Dental Care:
The primary aim of personal dental care is to prevent cavities from forming in the teeth.
In order for you to prevent cavities and maintain a healthy set of teeth, you need to remove plaque, a transparent layer of bacteria that stays on
the surface of your teeth.

Prevent Plaque: Some effective ways to prevent plaque from forming is to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Brushing your teeth will help stimulate your gums and in turn, keep them healthy and less susceptible to gum diseases.

Choose The Right Toothpaste: Toothpaste is typically made of detergents, abrasives, and foaming agents. The most common active ingredient in toothpaste is fluoride.
Fluoride is the component of the toothpaste that is responsible for preventing cavities from forming.

When choosing what toothpaste to buy, make sure that it has a great amount of fluoride to keep your mouth cavity-free. Studies say that 1 out of 10 people has a tendency to accumulate tartar rapidly. What is tartar? It is actually plaque that is difficult to remove and damaging because it is already in hardened form.

There are anti-tartar toothpaste and mouthwashes available in the market today which can help prevent tartar formation. Another great tip for preventing the formation of tartar is brushing the teeth located near the salivary glands.

For individuals that seem to have teeth that are sensitive to pressure, cold, and heat, there are toothpastes specially made for sensitive teeth.

However, a visit to the dentist may be most appropriate so that the dentist can assess whether the sensitivity of the teeth may lead to a serious problem such as nerve inflammation or a severe cavity.

Learn How To Floss Although brushing is considered to be the most important part of the personal dental care routine, it doesn’t actually have the ability to remove the plaque and food particles between the teeth, under the gum line, or within braces.

Dental floss is the weapon of choice to get rid of the abovementioned teeth and mouth “pests”. Flossing can be done at least once a day.

There are actually different kinds of flosses and these depend on the space that a person has in between his or her teeth. Most dentists would usually suggest unwaxed floss because it is easier to glide through narrow spaces.

However, recent studies have discovered that there is actually no significant difference in the effectiveness of the different kinds of dental flosses. When flossing your teeth, you should be very careful so that you can avoid injuring your gums.

Remember, gums are very sensitive and they can bleed easily. Never force the floss under the gums; just curve the floss around the edge of your tooth and form
a letter “c” then glide the floss up and down the side of each tooth. Do not forget to floss the backsides of your teeth as well.

All in all, maintaining your very own personal dental care routine can be easy, as long as you have enough willingness and determination to achieve a great set
of pearly whites.



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