Trick or Treat: Tips for your Teeth
As Halloween approaches later this month, we want to make sure your teeth are ready for the treats and even the tricks! Here are just a few ways to keep your teeth healthy while still enjoying the candy cultivated holiday.
Eat Sweets with Meals
When your mother says to not eat sweets before a meal, she knows what she’s talking about! It is better to eat sweets either with a meal or shortly after, but why? The reason is saliva production. Meals help stimulate saliva production in the mouth which assists in the washing away of harmful sugar and acid that may be in those sweet treats you got from the neighbors.
Similar to the way saliva washes away harmful sugars, water can refresh your mouth after indulging in any form of sugary sweet. As you can tell, the point is to not have the sugary substance stay on your teeth or around your gums for any extended amount of time.
Clean your Teeth after the Treat
After you have had your meal, after you have had your sweet treat, and after you drink your water, follow it up by brushing and flossing your teeth very well. This is imperative to making sure no residue from the candy or sweets have stayed on your teeth. If these particles are not removed they have the tendency to cause cavities and further damage to your teeth and gums
We love our sweets here at Progressive Family Dentistry just as much as you do! That is why we want to make sure you know how to prevent tricks while enjoying your treats this Halloween season! If you are in need of any kind of dental assistance, please call and make an appointment today!
Keep Your Smile Safe This 4th Of July!
The Progressive Family Dentistry team wants to say Happy Independence Day! It is that time of year again. The grill is hot and the fireworks are being prepped.
While you are having fun and celebrating, we want to make sure you are being mindful of your dental health! Here are some tips to keep in mind while having fun this Fourth of July!
As a kid, there is nothing more exciting than having fun at the pool. But be careful and make sure no little feet are running! One can easily slip, fall, and chip a tooth!
Teeth are not Tools!
Do not use your beautiful teeth as tools to open packages or bags this Fourth of July! Use scissors to open those hot dogs and bags of candy!
Corn on the Cobb is one of the most popular Fourth of July foods that is harmful to those with braces. If you or your child has braces, do not try to eat it off the cobb! Those kernels have their way of lodging themselves in the wires and bringing trouble! They can cause an infection if not removed soon enough! We advise to just cut the corn off the cobb before eating.
Rinse after Soda!
An interesting thing to do when trying to take care of your teeth is to drink water about 20 minutes after you have had soda. As you well know, soda and other carbonated beverages are harmful to the enamel of your teeth. If you must indulge this Fourth of July, follow it with a glass of water to help rid your teeth from harmful properties!
Watermelon for Desert!
You know how Watermelon tends to be coarse and grainy? Use that to your advantage! Not to be mistaken for a replacement for brushing your teeth, eating watermelon after a meal can help scrub your teeth from impurities!
Most importantly, have fun this Fourth of July!
Memorial Day is a day we, as a nation, use to honor those lost in military service.
The beginnings of Memorial Day started in 1868. Originally recognized as Decoration Day, It was not until 1882 when the holiday made the transition to it's known title. The title, "Decoration Day" came from the act of many civilians and grievers coming together to place flowers on graves of those lost in the Civil War. The decoration of the graves was seen as an act of remembrance and respect. The act spread through the South and eventually made it's way to the North where the discussion about making it a Federal Holiday began. In 1967, that was achieved along with the notion that the holiday encompassed the recognition of all wars and all lost.
Sadly, in recent years it has been made into a holiday glamorized as a three day weekend. To the younger generations, just a day out of school. The reason for Memorial Day is to remember and thank those who lost their lives while fighting for this country. We must continue to educate others on the meaning of this day.
So, as you enjoy Memorial Day, please remember the true meaning of the holiday and take time with your family to remember those who have lost their lives defending our freedom.
From all the staff of Progressive Family Dentistry, Thank you to all those who are active in the Military. We appreciate all that you do in order to protect this country.
Happy Memorial Day!
The Progressive Team