Halloween Candy / Dental Health Tips
Posted: October 30, 2009
From the Desk of Dr. Harold Katz:Halloween is here! This is one of my favorite holidays. It's the start of a lot of family fun that turns into a whirlwind of activity. Next thing you know, it's mid-january...As your on-line dentist, I wanted to give you a couple of health tips to keep in mind as you run headlong into this busy season.
Pack a toothbrushYou tend to have a lot more snacking opportunities during the holidays than normal. You'll go to dinners, get-togethers, happy hours where you will lightly snack to be polite. But all that snacking creates more frequent feedings for germs that live in your mouth. If you eat more often, you should brush more often. Otherwise you give food time to nourish bacteria and biofilm. Stick a toothbrush in your bag or purse. When you have a minute or two throughout the day, give your teeth a quick once over. As a bonus, it's extremely refreshing.
Give someone you love a toothbrushDo you need a good gift suggestion? Sonic automatic toothbrushes are light years ahead of traditional mechanical brushes that were sold even as recently as 5 years ago. They clean faster and better - in clinical trials, some have been shown to clean FIVE TIMES more effectively than traditional brushing. Plus, they are less prone to causing damage from brushing too hard. If you really want someone's beautiful smile to last, give them a sonic toothbrush (we sell an excellent quality WaterPik professional sonic toothbrush on our web site, but there are many other excellent products on the market as well)
Replace your toothbrush!I won't try to gross you out with just what kind of things live on your toothbrush. Let's just say that as a bacteriologist, I have seen them up close and that used to keep me up at night. :) Regardless if you use an automatic or regular brush, the brush bristles need to be replaced often. If you don't remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush, it's probably a good bet you should replace it now. Automatic brushes have replacement heads you can purchase and replace. If you have never changed the head on your automatic brush, do it today.
And here's a parting Halloween tip:What is the most important thing to do right after eating Halloween Candy? Unless you want to invest money in your dentist's office, the most important thing to do is to thoroughly brush and floss. Don't put it off until bedtime.
After eating a handful of Kandy Korn there is enough residual sugar on your teeth and inside your cheeks to feed an army of bacteria. Get rid of it before it can do rapid, lasting damage to teeth. Sugary snacks are particularly hard on areas below the gum line, so flossing is also encouraged.