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Dr. Bruce Silva and his team at Austin Premier Dental are dedicated to providing high-quality and compassionate dental health care.

October 12, 2017

It’s inevitable for your children to return home on Halloween with a load of unhealthy candy, which is bad for their diet and also bad for their oral health. While we can’t keep them from enjoying trick-or-treating and collecting large amounts of candy that will make them happy, we can help them limit their candy intake and advise them on what candy is best to eat and teach them how to care for their teeth after they eat it.

In order to care for your children’s teeth this Halloween, here are a few things to consider. First, talk to your children about candy, and tell them the reasons why having a little candy may be ok, but having a lot of it is a bad idea. Instead of denying your child candy altogether, set limits on what and how much they eat and help them to identify and avoid candies that cause the most damage to teeth. These include caramels, taffy, and sour candies that are coated in sugar.

You might also let your child know when they can eat their candy and set a limit on how much. For instance, allow them to choose a few pieces of candy to eat, and only after lunch or dinner. Besides limiting the negative effects on their teeth, this may also prevent a few other things, including stomach aches, unneeded energy by sugar rush, and overconsumption of bad or unnecessary calories.

One extra tip for caring for your child’s teeth and gums on Halloween is a little obvious. Make sure they brush their teeth! But, make sure they wait a few minutes before brushing their teeth. Brushing immediately following candy intake can make things worse for your teeth. Allow 10-15 minutes to pass before brushing.

Tooth decay begins with the foods you put in your mouth. The more sugars and starches a food has, the worse it is for you. The sugars in the food can enable bacteria to produce in dental plaque to collect in your mouth, which can lead to the loss of tooth mineral and eventually to cavities.

Call us at (512) 442-6728 and schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva today!

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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