As we approach the holidays, it can be an exciting, yet stressful time as we prepare to decorate, shop, and entertain for our loved ones. Even traveling, finances, or just having a large to-do list can add stress to your body and oral health. Sometimes you may not notice the negative impact that stress is causing to your teeth. Take a look at these common stressors and how they could be harmful to your smile:
We all know the importance of brushing our teeth to keep bacteria away in order to preserve the health of our teeth. But many who wear clear aligners or retainers to help keep teeth straight may not know that they also need to keep bacteria away from these appliances to keep their teeth healthy. Retainers are commonly instructed to be worn after having braces to correct one’s bite so that the teeth do not shift out of the correct position over time. Beware of the myth: Retainers are bacteria-free so long as you brush your teeth twice a day and do not eat with the retainer on. The truth is that bacteria and plaque can easily accumulate on your retainer whether eating or not, and it is therefore recommended to clean retainers every time you brush your teeth. Here are some ways you can keep your retainer clean, some interesting new research, and what can happen if you don’t clean your retainer:
The haunted holiday has arrived. Happy Halloween from our team at WDG to you and your family! We hope that you have a safe and fun day filled with nice tricks or treats. Halloween can be a great time to teach or remind children about the importance of taking care of their teeth since lots of sugary goodies will be collected. The main goal is to let children know that candy and sweet treats in excess and without proper oral hygiene can lead to cavities. After a days worth of collecting treats, you may be wondering what to do with the surplus of Halloween candy. Consider donating it to our deployed troops at our 11th annual Candy Drive. This grand celebration started with the goal of instilling the selfless spirit of giving in children, and helping them learn how to balance a healthy diet and manage their oral health and physical health.
To help prevent cavities, try setting a time of day to eat Halloween candy to avoid continuous snacking throughout the day. Also, even though rushing to the bathroom to brush your teeth after eating sweet treats may sound like a good idea, it’s actually best to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing. You should, however, drink water immediately. Since acidic and sugary foods can cause your enamel to soften, brushing too soon after can further damage the tooth enamel while it’s in a weakened state. It is important to help or watch your child brush their teeth to ensure that they are brushing correctly. Don’t forget to replace toothbrushes every 3-4 months and use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps fight cavities and remineralize tooth enamel.
Also, be careful when getting dressed and made up for trick-or-treating. Avoid using mascara on teeth to represent a missing tooth and instead opt for blackout wax.
Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Van. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.
October is National Dental Hygiene Month, which is the perfect time to spread awareness on good oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, rinsing, and possibly to your surprise, chewing gum! This may sound alarming because gum, like candy, is known to cause tooth decay. However, chewing sugarless gum after eating can be beneficial to your teeth for many reasons. This is particularly the case when chewing sugar-free gum that is sweetened with the ingredient xylitol.
“My child’s baby teeth are going to fall out eventually anyway, so what’s the point in taking care of them?” This is a common question that many parents face. Baby teeth are necessary for a variety of reasons, including guiding permanent teeth into their proper positions. You also want to make sure that they remain healthy in order to prevent your child from developing a systemic infection, an abscess, or from experiencing pain. As soon as your child’s baby teeth appear, make sure that you are brushing them and scheduling regular dental visits. As they become older, make learning how to brush fun through singing songs, brushing alongside your child, or even using toothbrushes and cool flavors of toothpaste that they pick out themselves.