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February 8, 2017

February marks the beginning of our celebratory holidays where we embrace each other and exchange cards, gifts, and chocolate. This year, Americans will spend a total of $1.7 billion on candy for Valentine’s Day. That’s bad news for your teeth. You don’t have to omit candy and chocolate from your diet completely on this day, but you should limit yourself to the amount you consume.

There are some benefits to eating chocolate, but unfortunately, they don’t extend to your teeth. Sugars found in chocolate have a high level of calories, create a high level of plaque to stick on your teeth, and causes the enamel to erode. Also, like coffee and dark sodas, dark chocolate can stain your teeth. On the plus side, dark chocolate contains a lot of antioxidants that prevent the growth of certain bacteria, though bacteria can still develop in your mouth with candy consumption, which can lead to other long term effects on your body and smile. The bottom line is simply to moderate and monitor your intake of chocolate this February.

On this Valentine’s Day, there’s no better way to impress your valentine than by having a great smile. So, remember to take good care of your teeth: brush at least three times daily and after every meal. And, if you do indulge in chocolate or other sweets, be sure to floss and rinse afterwards.

Care for your mouth this Valentine’s Day in the way you care for your loved ones. If you haven’t visited our office in a while, make an appointment for a routine check-up. Your teeth will love you for it! Call us now at (512) 605-0860.


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October 24, 2016

What other holiday is more notorious for excess candy consumption than Halloween? It’s fast approaching and it can create some problems for you, your child, and your healthy smiles. This Halloween, be sure to follow these tips from Dr. Silva and the American Dental Association.

  1. Take with Food: Eat Halloween candy with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.
  2. Choose Carefully: Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. The length of time sugary food is in your mouth increases risk for tooth decay.
  3. Avoid Sticky Situations: Sticky candies cling to your teeth. The stickier candies, like taffy and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.
  4. Drink Water: Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay.
  5. Maintain a Healthy Diet: The foods you choose as fuel and how often you take-in affect your general health, as well as your teeth and gums.
  6. Stay Away from Sugary Beverages: Consuming sugary beverages increases your risk of tooth decay. This includes soda, sports drinks and flavored waters.
  7. Chew Gum with the ADA Seal: Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals helps reduce tooth decay, because increased saliva flow helps wash out food and neutralize the acid produced by dental plaque bacteria.
  8. Brush Twice a Day: Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Also, replace your toothbrush every three to four months. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
  9. Floss your teeth: Decay-causing bacteria get between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
  10. Visit your dentist frequently: Regular visits to your dentist can help prevent problems from occurring and catch those that do occur early.

Another great tip: calling Dr. Silva today to schedule a post-Halloween visit to keep your teeth feeling and looking good!


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October 23, 2015

It’s finally October and that means Halloween is upon us. With the spooky season comes bags, buckets and pillow cases full of candy. Parents may feel torn about this predicament as they remember back to their days of carefree trick-or-treating and now having to be the responsible mom or dad who feels the need to limit their little goblin’s sugar intake. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. With a few little tips, you can instill in your kids the ability to make the right choices when it comes to their Halloween loot.

Easier said than done? Try this approach and mindset: it’s not about the limitation of the candy, but about the longevity of the candy. The deciding factor really should be about how long a piece of candy stays in your child’s mouth.

For probably the first time ever, you don’t need to tell your kids to slow down when it comes to enjoying their treats. The faster they eat them, the less time that sugar is left behind on their teeth. Chocolate sweets are less sticky and easier to consume than hard, sticky candy, especially a lolli-pop that kids may suck on continuously, coating their teeth with sugar.

Cavities are caused by bacteria that produces harmful acid. This bacteria is increased by sugar. So, keep that candy moving and follow it up with good brushing and flossing habits. If you don’t have a toothbrush and toothpaste readily available, have your child rinse their mouth out with water and have them chew some sugarless gum. This will help with saliva production, a natural way to rinse the teeth.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call us. We’re here to answer your questions and to schedule a post-Halloween cleaning. Happy Haunting!

(source: kidsandcavities)






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