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Here’s How to Have a Healthier Halloween!

With Halloween comes ghosts, goblins and goodies—and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful.  It is nearly impossible to avoid Halloween candy altogether, but there are some simple and fun ways in which you can minimize the sugar overload after trick-or-treating is over. It’s ok to eat that Halloween candy but you will need to have a plan!

Time It Right

Eat Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals. This helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles.

Stay Away from Sweet Snacks

Snacking can increase your risk of cavities, and it’s double the trouble if you keep grabbing sugary treats from the candy bowl. Snacking on candy throughout the day is not ideal for your dental health or diet.

Choose Candy Carefully

Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Aside from how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay. Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay.

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.

Have a Plan

It’s tempting to keep that candy around, but your teeth will thank you if you limit your stash. Have your family pick their favorites and donate the rest. Look for organizations that help you donate candy to troops overseas, like Operation Gratitude, or see if your dentist has a candy take-back program.

Drink More Water

Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, look for kinds that are fluoridated.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Your body is like a complex machine. The foods you choose as fuel and how often you “fill up” affect your general health and that of your teeth and gums.

Stay Away from Sugary Beverages

This includes soda, sports drinks and flavored waters. When teeth come in frequent contact with beverages that contain sugar, the risk of tooth decay is increased.

Brush Twice a Day

Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes. Remember, replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.

Clean Between Your Teeth

Floss your teeth once a day. 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.

Remember that Halloween does not have to be scary for dental health. Use it as a teachable moment to help your child learn about moderation and dental care. You will set your child up for a future of healthy choices.

If you have any questions or want more information on how to make this Halloween great for your dental health, you can call or text us at 704-933-2115!


It’s Dental Hygiene Month!

October is National Dental Hygiene Month and we are ready to celebrate at First Impressions Family Dentistry! 

Now, we want you to celebrate with us! We have two AMAZING hygienists, Kim and Angie, and one ROCKSTAR doctor, Dr. Wells that are ready to help you get back to the dentist. Not sure if you are overdue to come to the dentist? We can help you figure that out!

10 Reasons you Might be Overdue to See the Dentist

1.You have bad breath.

Bad breath can be a sign of a range of infections or health issues, so it’s important not to ignore the problem by brushing TWICE A DAY!

2.Your gums bleed while flossing.

Only 22% of the American population claim to floss daily. Do you?? If not, you definitely need to!

3.Your gums bleed while brushing.

Three out of four patients do not change their toothbrush as often as it is recommended! What is the recommendation you ask? Toothbrushes should be changed every two to three months AND after ANY illness!

4.You have tooth pain.

Roughly 78% of Americans have had at least one cavity by the age of 17. If you are experiencing any pain, you need to get it checked out!

5.You have diabetes or are at risk.

Serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progressions of diabetes.

6.Your gums are puffy and swollen.

Swollen gums can be a sign of gum disease, and more that 3/4 of American adults over age 35 get gum disease!

7.You have tartar buildup.

This crusty deposit creates a strong bond that can only be removed by a dental professional (US!)-so have you teeth cleaned professional every 6 months!

8.Your teeth are yellowing.

Plaque, a sticky bacteria, begins forming on teeth 4 to 12 hours after brushing, which is why it is so important to brush and floss daily.

9.Your teeth are stained.

Teeth can become stained by a number of things: food and drinks, age, genetics, environment, medications, or trauma. If you LOVE coffee like we do, we can help you with that!

10.You have chronic health issues/diseases.

Poor oral hygiene is a leading cause for diseases along with an unhealthy diet, tobacco use, and harmful alcohol use.

 

Do any of those top 10 reasons ring true for you? We are here to help! Call or text us (704-933-2115) or email us (office@firstimpressionsdds.com) and we will gladly help you!

 


Did you know e-cigarettes can increase dental cavities?

Some of the sweet flavors in e-cigarette liquids could be increasing your risk of dental caries.

Researchers have evaluated e-cigarette aerosols in flavors, such as pineapple and cotton candy and found that they have similar physio-chemical properties as sugary gelatinous candy and acidic drinks, which interact with hard tissues of the oral cavity in a way that can adversely affect teeth. The complexity of e-cigarettes on human health goes way beyond respiratory and cardiac systems and may have significant implications on your oral health.  E-cigarettes are known to contain less harmful ingredients compared to tobacco products. More than 400 available e-liquid brands, 84 percent offered fruit flavors and 80 percent offered candy and dessert flavors.

“This study will give dentists further information to help educate patients that using e-cigarettes can have detrimental effects on their mouths,” said Thomas Hart, DDS, PhD, senior director of the ADA Foundation Volpe Research Center.

If you have any further questions or would like to learn more, please reach out to our office at 704-933-2115 or office@firstimpressionsdds.com.


I've avoided the dentist for about 12 years and it was time to face the music. First Impressions was recommended to me and I'm very pleased with the service I received. Kim took great care in cleaning my teeth and ViVi was so pleasant. Dr. Jennifer was very nice and Katherine visited with me while I waited. Plus....I won a gift card and had my photo taken for their blog so I feel fancy and famous now. Please tell them I referred you.

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I admit I was anxious about my almost 2-year-old son's first dentist appointment. Dr. Jennifer Wells and her staff are amazing. They were so patient with my stubborn little one and made him feel so comfortable. I highly suggest this practice for pediatrics!

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Yesterday was the most gentle teeth cleaning I've ever had. Did not leave sore or having trouble eating. Everyone I have met us been very nice and fun to be around.

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