October 21, 2015
Happy Halloween from the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC, in Belleville, Il. We hope this ghoulish season is treating you well; perhaps you’ve visited a haunted house or watched a scary movie to get into the mood for the season.
We love this time of year, the crisp fall air and the beautiful changing colors of the leaves. But it can be an especially dangerous time of year for the health of your children’s teeth. In all likelihood, you’re preparing to take your children trick or treating this month. This will fill their buckets to the brim with an eye-popping amount of candy.
But lurking behind those brightly colored candy wrappings is a very real danger of tooth decay. Sugary candy is attracts more decay-causing bacteria to a child’s mouth than just about any other food. The bacteria thrives on the sugar, and sticky candy can especially troublesome because it works its ways into all the cracks and crevices of their mouth.
But we don’t write this blog entry to scary you; we want all of our patients to enjoy an excellent time with their families. However, we thought that it might be helpful to provide you was a few quick and simple tricks to keep tooth decay to a minimum this fall season.
To start with, it is especially important to ensure that your children are brushing and flossing their hearts out this October. When they brush, you should make sure that there brushing for at least two minutes at a time, at least twice a day. There’s a lot of potent ingredients in toothpaste but they can require some time to absorb into the enamel of their teeth.
Flossing also places a keyhole in their dental health. Children and adults alike should always brush and floss at least once a day. This is even more true when they’re eating a lot of sweets. Certain foods like caramel have a tendency to get stuck in their teeth, and no amount of brushing will remove them.
Those two items are common sense, right? However, there is another recommendation that you may not have thought of. When serving the children candy, give them a glass of water to drink with it instead of soda. All varieties of carbonated soda, including the sugar-free kinds, are extremely acidic. The acid of the soda can eat away at the enamel of their teeth, leaving them even more vulnerable to decay.’
Serve water instead for a couple of reasons. First, the water can be helpful in rinsing the sugar from the candy out of their mouths. That males them less likely to attract bacteria. In addition, most public supplies of water are fluorinated. Fluoride helps to strengthen their teeth against decay.
Our final recommendation is to remember and make sure they are visiting the dentist’s office, at least twice a year. If it’s been longer than that since they’ve been to our office, now would be an ideal time to make an appointment.
During a routine appointment, we can clean their teeth and check for signs of decay. Some plaque and dental tartar can only be removed by professional tools, so it’s important to keep to a schedule of regular cleanings to prevent decay.
So make an appointment today, and ensure your child has a happy Halloween! The office of Thomas J. Feder is proud to see Belleville, IL and the surround areas. You can reach our office by calling 618-219-1412.