Regular dental exams not only help to decrease a patient's risk of oral
diseases, such as cavities and periodontal (gum) disease, but they may also
help to diagnose other, sometimes life-threatening, medical conditions.
Dentists are able to assess a patient's overall oral health and may
recognize symptoms of serious diseases, including diabetes, cancer, and eating
disorders, which often manifest as signs and symptoms inside of the mouth. Click hereto learn more.
Halloween is around the corner, which for
most children means bags of free candy and a
chance to build up the stockpile
of sweets for the winter. Being one of the most fun times of the year for
families, Halloween can also present parents with a variety of health and
American Dental Association, America's premier source of oral health
information, has prepared a list of 10 suggestions to help parents maintain
good oral health for their children around the Halloween holiday and throughout
1.Consume Halloween candy and other sugary foods with meals.
Saliva production increases during meals and helps neutralize acids produced by
bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.
2.Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long
time. Besides how often you snack,
the length of time 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 prolonged acid attack, increasing the risk for tooth
3.Avoid sticky candies that 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.
Your oral health routine should always
include brushing your tongue with your toothbrush or using a tongue scraper,
which you can find in the dental products aisle at the drugstore. That’s
important because foods can get stuck in the grooves of your tongue, causing bacteria
to grow. Otheroral health problems that can develop if you don't clean your tongue are a bad taste
in your mouth, staining on your tongue, and bad breath, Abayon says.