Saturday, 3 November 2012

Halloween Tidbits

Sticky sweets can cause ghostly scenarios ancestors come fall - back to school, Halloween, and holiday parties! With pumpkin flavored specialty drinks, biscuits, cakes and everything in between, the temptation is always lurking around the corner. And who does not want to sit by the fireplace with a good book and a double shot, extra whip, artificial flavor frappucino macchiato, right?

Candy consumption is difficult to avoid around Halloween time, but there's helpful advice to make sure the pantry is stocked with candies that are less harmful to both primary and adult teeth. Parents must sift through their children trick-or-treat bags and make sure they have the frequency of consumption to decrease in the course of a day.

Dark chocolate generally has less sugar than milk chocolate. What makes dark better the antioxidants in it, which are good for the heart and lower blood pressure. The higher the percentage of cocoa the less sweet and more healthy chocolate. However, moderation is always important so it is important not to get carried away!

Sugarless gum and candy to help stimulate saliva and dry mouth could prevent, deter the formation of plaque (bacterial colonies) on the teeth and thus lower the risk of developing cavities. Gum can help buffer the acidity of saliva in the mouth and push food lodged between the spaces. Xylitol products are great due to their ability to inhibit bacteria forming cavities (read our previous article on this subject in the blog secion of the website). On the other hand, excessive gum chewing cause jaw fatigue and TMJ problems, so moderation plays a role, too.

Generally sticky sweets have higher levels of acid and can quickly lead to tooth decay. About 7 out of 10 children have cavities that form in the deep gorges of the back teeth. A good preventive strategy is to come in for regular cleaning, exams and sealants used in the "trouble" spots to get. The kit nowadays come with fluoride to strengthen enamel while "closure" of the groovy surfaces of the teeth that are sensitive to attacks. What is so nice about this procedure is minimally invasive, takes a few minutes, ensures a safe preventive care is usually covered by any insurance, and does not involve anesthesia, needles or pain associated with the removal of a cavity!\xA0

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