Thursday, September 6th, 2018
What you eat affects your oral health. For example, consuming food and beverages high in sugar can increase your risk of developing a cavity. Bacteria on your mouth feed on sugar and produce acids that start to wear away your tooth enamel, causing decay and cavities.
However, we understand that sometimes you crave a candy, chocolate etc and to satisfy your sweet tooth is to look for other sweeteners that don’t have the same effects as sugar. One such option is Xylitol!
Xylitol is a natural sweetener made from the fibrous parts of plants. For this reason, it does not break down the same way that sugars do, thus it doesn’t leave damaging acids on your teeth. In fact, it maintains a neutral level of pH inside your mouth.
Regular Xylitol use is beneficial in repairing the enamel of your tooth that has been damaged by the bacterial attack. Because bacteria that cause cavities can’t digest Xylitol, so their growth is limited. And thus stimulates the production of saliva, which is able to repair the cavities. Hence, saliva washes away excess food particles, which stops bacteria from consuming them and growing.
Wednesday, August 29th, 2018
Next week is the start of a new school year, and its a great time to start fresh and make sure your child’s health and mouth are healthy! We have listed four dental health tips to your back to school checklist:
Visit your dentist at the beginning of the year for cleaning and examination. Ask your dentist about fluoride treatments and dental sealants that can help to prevent a cavity. Remember preventing dental problems will help avoid missed schools.
Make Sure to pack snacks that won’t harm your child’s teeth. Sticky and sugary candies are bad for your child’s teeth because they cling to their teeth and encourage plaque growth. Instead of candies, swap them for fruits that way it will satisfy your child’s sweet tooth without harming their teeth.
Remember to brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time. Also, your child should floss once a day preferably in the evening before bedtime. We recommend the toothbrush to be replaced every 3-4 months.
If it’s difficult to encourage your child to keep up with their oral hygiene we recommend to try these tricks to make it fun:
Protect your kid against injuries. If your child plays sports after school, it is a good idea to make sure they use a mouthguard. Using a mouthguard has many advantages one of them is it helps limit injuries to your child’s lips, tongue and soft tissues of the mouth. Mouth guards also help children avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth or even tooth loss.
Ask your dentist about the types of mouthguards available for your child.