It’s Cavity Time: Your Guide to Halloween Candy | Tyngsboro Dentist

It’s that time of year again, folks – the spookiest night of the year. And we are all prepared for those tiny ghosts and goblins to haunt our houses, looking for tasty treats. But before you head out for candy in that plastic pumpkin, keep these tips in mind to maintain a healthy smile:

Candy corn. Even though candy corn is a Halloween candy trademark, it is one of the worst Halloween candies for your teeth because it has a high amount of sugar, which can lead to tooth decay.

Caramel apple lollipops. Caramel apple suckers are also a huge symbol of Halloween, but they are extremely bad for your teeth. Not only do they have a caramel coating that can get stuck in your teeth, but they also have a high amount of sugar that can cause tooth decay.

Chewy candy. Chewy candy like Starburst and gummy bears can hit the spot sometimes, but also cause cavities in your teeth because it gets stuck in the crevices of your teeth, unable to be removed by your toothbrush alone.

Filled chocolates. Candy bars are one of the most popular items to give out on Halloween, but chocolates filled with caramel, cream, or coconut are bad for your teeth. They stick to your teeth like chewy candy, allowing bacteria to feed on it and cause tooth decay.

As you indulge in those Halloween sweets, make sure to give your teeth a quick brushing afterwards. And if you don’t have a toothbrush handy, give your teeth a quick rinse with some water until you can get home for a good brushing. Enjoy the night!

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Eat Your Way to a Healthy Smile | Tyngsboro Dentist

We all know that proper dental hygiene habits are needed to maintain a healthy mouth. But did you know that you can have a healthy smile by eating? It’s true. We know avoiding sugar helps, but there are foods in our diets that are improving your smile as well. Let’s take a quick look at which foods are the best:

Calcium-fortified juices, milk and other dairy products are rich in calcium and vitamin D and help promote healthy teeth and bones, reducing the risk for tooth loss. Adding powdered milk to cooked dishes helps those who don’t like milk or cheese to get some of the calcium needed to protect teeth and jawbones.

Cheese unleashes a burst of calcium that mixes with plaque and sticks to the teeth, protecting them from the acid that causes decay and helping to rebuild tooth enamel on the spot.

Crisp fruits and raw vegetables, like apples, carrots and celery, help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath and folic acid is found in leafy greens.

Vitamin C, and other nutrients from fruits and vegetables help protect gums and other tissues from cell damage and bacterial infection.

Fresh cranberries interrupt the bonding of oral bacteria before they can form damaging plaque.

Water is as effective as mouthwash at swishing away stuck particles and residue from teeth. It also keeps your gums hydrated while stimulating saliva – a great defense against bacteria.

So, as you can see, it really is possible to eat your way to a cleaner mouth. Try these everyday foods to maintain your oral hygiene. It doesn’t get easier than that.

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Don’t Let Your Little One Fear the Dentist | Tyngsboro Dentist

Boy brushing his teeth When we become new parents, we try to get all the helpful tips we can to make sure we are great parents and our little ones are healthy and happy. But one version of healthy we often forget as parents is dental health. After all, they lose their first set of teeth – why bother with dental health? Well, good dental habits need start early. That’s why it’s important to start your children down the path of good oral care to avoid problems in the future.

It is estimated that over 50 percent of dental issues occur because children refuse to see the dentist because they’re scared. And unfortunately, this can carry on throughout their lives. Let’s prevent that…

Start early. Ideally, your child should be visiting a pediatric dentist after the eruption of their first tooth, which usually appears at the age of six months. Schedule appointments as soon as possible so that your little one is comfortable with a dental office.

Stick to the basics. You don’t want to start the first dental visit with extensive procedures. Dental examinations and teeth cleaning are perfect for the first couple visits to a pediatric office.

Visit often. We encourage parents to regularly visit our office not only to ensure that your child has good oral health, but to alleviate any fears of the dentist. And instill the good habit of routine dental visits.

Your child’s oral health is the key factor is ensuring that there are no future dental problems, but can be easily remedied by introducing your dentist to your child as soon as possible.

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Should My Night Guard Be Custom? | Tyngsboro Dentist

nightguardIf you find that you are waking up with headaches and/or jaw pain, there is a chance that you are grinding your teeth while you sleep, otherwise called bruxism. It is important that you seek treatment for this condition as it can not only wear down your teeth but can cause even further issues to develop in your jaw. Speaking of bruxism, make sure that you consider other bruxism treatment options as well. Minimizing stress, changing your diet or medication, and fixing alignment issues with your teeth have all been proven to help with bruxism. Then there’s wearing a night guard while you sleep. There are a few on the market, ranging from store-bought to custom fitted – but which is the right one for you? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons:

Store bought version. Store bought night guards, while durable and do well enough to stop teeth from grinding against each other, aren’t exactly very comfortable to wear. Although this style of mouth guard uses thin materials to make it more suitable for use at night, they’re still far too thick to not interfere with the quality of your sleep.

Custom-fit version. A custom-made night guard costs roughly ten or so times more than a store bought one. However, even with the added premium, they are still well worth the cost for the comfort, fit, and reliability of the materials used.

Custom made night guards are in a laboratory using an actual mold of your teeth, but the customization can extend further because the dentist can also recommend the thickness to fluctuate, depending on your particular case.

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Preventing Tooth Decay | Tyngsboro Cosmetic Dentist

We all want to maintain a beautiful healthy smile, some patients wonder what else they can do in addition to regular brushing and flossing to maintain optimal oral health. Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel, the hard, outer layer of your teeth. It can be a problem for children, teens and adults. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, constantly forms on your teeth. When you eat or drink foods containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and over time the enamel can break down. This is when cavities can form.

Below are some oral health tips to keep your teeth healthy!

• Fluoride Therapy: It is the delivery of fluoride to the teeth topically or systemically in order to prevent tooth decay (dental caries) which results in cavities. Fluoride Therapy delivery involves fluoride supplementation using water, salt, tablets or drops which are swallowed. Tablets or drops are rarely used where public water supplies are fluoridated.

• Brushing your teeth: Brushing and flossing properly, along with regular dental checkups, can help prevent tooth decay and gum diseases. Brushing your teeth three times a day makes your teeth stronger.

• Regular checkups with your dentist: It is very important to seek the help of a dentist since they know a lot about it. They know what to do and where to focus on your teeth.

• Dental sealant: It is the dental treatment that consists of plastic material that covers one or more teeth, for preventing of cavities and tooth decay. Dental sealants are applied in a dentist’s office.

• Dietary snacks: It is good to limit sweet snacks as excessive intake of sweets alters’ your blood sugar. If you avoid snacks, you may be depriving your body of nutrition from food. Good snacks should include healthy proteins and fats.

Dr. Yankowskas is always happy to guide you with your oral health concerns. Always ask questions at your regular dental visits!

For more information on your oral health, contact Dr. James Yankowskas and make an appointmentat (978) 649-7773 or visit our website.

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