Tooth Tips For Halloween

 

From Halloween candy to pumpkin lattes to candy canes… These holidays can be hard on your teeth! It doesn’t make sense to deprive you or a child entirely, we all know how that story ends, with an eventual binge!

Here are some tips for helping to keep your mouth healthy this season for children and adults alike!

First let’s ask ourselves…

How do sugary foods lead to cavities? When we eat foods filled with sugars or starches (about 90% of all food) bacteria in dental plaque is enables to produce acid which attacks our tooth enamel. This attack by bacterial acid can last 20 minutes or more and lead to a loss of tooth mineral and eventually to cavities.

Eat Candy with Meals

Halloween candy should be consumed with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva increases during meals. This helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth. When acid is being produced in your mouth all day it is a problem. That’s why popping candies all day is problem, it doesn’t allow your mouth time to recover to a balanced PH.

Some Candies are Better than Others

Avoid hard candy that stay in your mouth for a long time. The length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay.

The stickier candies, like taffy and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.

Drink More Water

Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. Water will also help flush out your mouth and food particles.

Chew Sugar Free Gum!

Chewing sugar free gum after meals helps reduce tooth decay, because increased saliva flow helps wash out food and neutralize the acid produced by bacteria.

Don’t Forget to Brush and Floss

Electric toothbrushes tend to be more effective and gentle than manual. Check in with your dentist and see what they recommend.

Don’t forget, have fun !

Broken tooth on vacation?

What happens when you break a tooth on vacation? Dr. Samantha Rawdin is on-the-job providing tips on how to manage this dental emergency:

You’ve been planning for months. Flights are booked. Bags are packed. You finally

arrive at your destination… and then your tooth breaks.

What’s a vacationer to do?! Well, it’ll depend on a few things…

If you’re in pain…

…you should seek help right away. If you’re in a hotel, ask the concierge. Usually

they can direct you to a dentist near by. If you’re not in a hotel, but still in the U.S.,

you can go to the American Dental Association website (www.ada.org) and utilize

their “Find-a- Dentist” tool. It has some advanced search options to help you narrow

down your results. If you’re out of the country, things can be a bit trickier.

Depending on where you are in the world, dental care can be very good or not so

good.

If you can get to a pharmacy…

…try to find a product that helps with toothaches—they’re usually found in the

dental aisle. They come in gums, gels and pastes and can be applied to the sensitive

area. Be sure to follow the instructions, as they can vary slightly among brands.

Can’t get to a pharmacy?

A piece of (sugarless!) chewing gum can help protect a sensitive area from irritants.

You can also try putting desensitizing toothpaste, such as Sensodyne, directly on the

area and then covering it with gum. If you can find it, a drop of clove oil on a cotton

swab can have a palliative effect.

If you have a cap/crown/temporary/veneer that came off…

…you have a few options. Pharmacies typically have some sort of temporary cement

for at-home use. Again, be sure to follow the instructions. Before using, try to clean

the inside of the restoration as best as you can to remove excess cement or debris.

Then, try it in a few times so you know which way it goes. Mix up the cement, place

only enough inside the restoration to coat the surface in a thin layer and seat the

restoration. Bite down gently, but be sure to bite down all the way. Clean up any

excess with a cotton swab or toothpick before it hardens. If you can’t find temporary

cement, denture adhesive will work as well. Just be aware that you’ll need to replace

it a few times per day. If you’re not in pain and the temporary isn’t staying in well,

take it out before you go to sleep so you don’t swallow it.

And whatever you do, don’t use Krazy Glue! Still confused? Call or e-mail us. Even if

we’re not close by, we can probably at least help point you in the right direction.

And, of course, be sure to come see us as soon as you get home!

Strong Is Beautiful – eMax Veneers!

 

Melissa eMAX veneers (1)

Welcome to the world of eMax Veneers!

eMAX, made of the finest porcelain ceramic materials, allows us to create very strong, thin veneers with minimal removal of tooth.When used properly for single tooth restorations its success rate is over 99%. These quality restorations of unmatched beauty, fit and strength can be created in our in-house lab in a single day.

Gallery57Dental was one of the first practices to incorporate eMAX over ten years ago. Our lab has made over 12,000 eMAX restorations and Dr. Koenigsberg has published articles and lectured on the benefits of eMAX.

eMAX is a proprietary porcelain ceramic manufactured by Ivoclar, a leading dental materials manufacturer. It is very esthetic and comes in several different translucencies and about 20 colors.