Your Teeth and Halloween Candy

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Your Teeth and Halloween Candy

For kids, Halloween is a day filled with fun, enjoyment and of course, trick or treat! But it is also a day on which both children and adults eat lots of candy. It is fun, but also a cause for concern because teeth cavities are caused by excessive sugar intake. However, there are ways in which you can still enjoy some candy while ensuring that your teeth remain protected from cavities. But before we learn how to do that, it is best that you understand how candy or chocolate can damage your teeth to begin with.

Teeth in a Natural Environment

The part of your tooth not covered by the gum is called the crown. This part is covered by the hardest tissue in the human body which is called the dental enamel. The enamel gets its strength primarily from a crystalline material called calcium apatite. Your teeth are also moistened all the time by your saliva. The saliva is also rich in the same mineral- the apatite. Under normal conditions mineral from the enamel migrates to the saliva, and mineral from the saliva keeps migrating to the tooth, in a balanced two-way exchange.

Sugars Upset the Cart

When you eat anything, some very fine particles of it are left stuck to your teeth. No problem yet. In fact, all humans have huge populations of multiple strains of bacteria in their mouth. Most of these are harmless. However, because of poor oral hygiene maintenance, harmful bacteria also start to accumulate on the teeth. These bacteria immediately come into action and start converting the sugars and starches in these particles to acid. That upsets the cart.

Obviously, this acid mixes with saliva making it less basic than it normally should be. The two-way migration of apatite between the saliva and the enamel is disturbed. More enamel migrates out of the enamel than into it. We say the enamel gets demineralized. Gradually it becomes porous and erodes. In time cavities can form. So, now we understand that more frequently your child eats sugars, the higher the chances of getting teeth cavities.

The Halloween Effect

The effect is more pronounced when the bacteria gets more time at their job, and Halloween festivities are the perfect time for them. These bacteria become the real beneficiaries of Halloween candy. The “ghosts” and “goblins” eat and offer candy. Eating lots of candies and sugary drinks provides the bacteria the perfect chance to enjoy their Halloween as well.
How to Avoid Teeth Cavities During Halloween
The primary strategy to counter the effect of Halloween is to deny the evil forces a chance to strike. Does that mean no candy and no sweet drinks? No, absolutely not. So, what is my advice? Here are some options.

• Control the Snack Frequency- This is the best combination of Halloween enjoyment and precaution. Research has shown that it is not the quantity, rather the frequency of sugar intake which is more important in causing teeth cavities. Therefore, you should limit your frequency of sugar intake. Snacks should not be consumed more often than three or four times in the day. This way, there will be lesser time for the enemy bacteria to attack the teeth. As a result, the chances of teeth cavities can be easily minimized.
• Merge the Snacks with Meals- This is another way of doing the same. Let the Halloween enjoyment be merged into the regular meals and make your meals more enjoyable. And let the bacteria “grind their teeth” in anger while you enjoy Halloween.
• Choose the right Types of Snacks- Sticky foods will cling more and longer to the teeth after consumption. This offers the bacteria to act longer. Deny them that by choosing the snacks carefully. Why not give up candy in favor of better foods. As an example, caramels dissolve faster than potato chips, breakfast cereals, dried fruit, and even bread. Also, choose healthy types of snacks which will provide nourishment while providing enjoyment. How about cheeses, chocolate milk, yogurt, vegetables, and peanut butter? These are all healthy foods. If prepacked foods attract you more, here are some alternatives to candy:

o Small boxes of cranberries, raisins, and other dried fruits in attractive packing.
o Small packages of trail mix.
o Small packets of potato chips and pretzels
o Small packages containing chips, cookies, and crackers. Should be low fat and baked.
o Smallest Juice boxes, making sure they are100 percent pure juice.
o Chewing gum without sugar.
o Low-sugar fruit salads.
o Small packages of pumpkin seeds.
o Packets of the sugar-free cocoa mix.

• Clear the Field- Remember the modus operandi of the evil bacteria. They operate of sugars and starches sticking to your teeth. So, how about cleaning your teeth immediately after every round of sweets and snacks? That may be a little demanding but is a sure way of protection from the enemy attack. The cleaning is best done by brushing, but in case that is not possible, at least rigorous rinsing of the mouth after every snack should be done.
• Visit the Dentist- Your next visit to the dentist should come soon after Halloween. Be sure to clear any ill-effects whether due to Halloween candy or otherwise.

Probably the best way to reduce sugar intake is to be educated about the enemy; the bacteria. Know that bacteria wants to damage your teeth, so try to keep your sugar intake at a minimum, and take good care of their teeth. This Halloween, remember the real enemy.

Happy Halloween!

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Famous Smiles of Invisalign

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Invisalign is the newest, most effortless way to let your smile shine while simultaneously straightening out any crooked teeth you might have! It acts rather like a regular set of braces on your teeth, but the difference, is that Invisalign is made of transparent plastics rather than unsightly metals, making it the perfect solution for any teenager, professional, or adult who wants to improve their smile without anyone noticing.

Invisalign and Celebrities

Invisalign has become so popular over the last few years that even our favorite celebrities are wearing them. Conventional braces are less than attractive, decidedly uncomfortable, and can be painful to wear. Adults can be especially embarrassed to wear them which is why Invisalign® clear braces are a great alternative and popular among Hollywood.

Furthermore, crooked or misaligned teeth not only look unsightly, they can also make cleaning the teeth difficult. Teeth that cannot be properly cleaned can eventually contract periodontal disease. This risks gum and bone damage, as well as tooth loss.

Check out some of our favorite celebrities who have been known to use Invisalign:

Tom Cruise

It’s not just women that care about having a great smile, as proved by heart throb Tom Cruise, who used Invisalign to improve upon an already much-adored smile. He had a slight crookedness in his two front teeth, but legend has it that his orthodontist already sorted the problem out.

Eva Longoria

Ever fascinated with what she called her ‘squint’ smile, Eva recently admitted to wearing Invisalign to correct her overlapping smile. Now she has a perfect bite that is just as fabulous as her looks, career and home life!

Oprah Winfrey

Who would have thought that the Queen of Daytime TV would need to correct anything – and she hasn’t confessed to anything yet. However; eagle-eyed viewers have spotted the Invisalign in use while she is mid-show, so we think modern technology might be in part to thank for that welcoming smile!

Khloe Kardashian

This Social Media star constantly astounds the world with her antics – but she has confessed to using Invisalign in the past. She wanted a straighter smile in only a few treatments and that’s exactly what she got. Now she has a smile that is recognizable to the whole world, and has become a signature she might not have had without that little bit of help from Invisalign.

Justin Bieber

Bieber loved his Invisalign plates so much that he went on to talk about them specifically in his YouTube videos. Next time you see a picture of this musician, remember that you have Invisalign to thank for for that handsome smile…

Zac Efron

When the gap between Efron’s front teeth disappeared prior to filming the first High School Musical, he credited the change to invisible braces. While he only wore the clear aligners for a few months, he achieved a straighter smile and eliminated the spacing between his teeth. An increasing number of young stars are choosing to forgo traditional braces in favor of systems like Invisalign®, which allow wearers to straighten their smiles without anyone noticing. While no one noticed the Hollywood star’s dental appliances, fans certainly took notice of Efron’s updated smile. His dazzling grin is now one of his trademark features

Join the Famous Smiles of Invisalign!

If you want to emanate the smiles of the stars, then get in touch for your own Invisalign consultation. Book now with Arden Dental Care and see how much difference a straighter smile makes to your life, today!

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Father’s Day Dentistry Tips

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Happy Father’s Day! Our family at Arden Dental Care would like to wish you the happiest of Father’s Day celebrations this month. Fortunately, this coincides with Oral Health Month. Therefore, we are dedicating this blog article to all of the amazing Dad’s out there in the greater Sacramento area! We tailored a short list of our favorite tips for dental care to be extra father friendly. Check out below:

Be The Example of Dental Care in your Household

Kids watch everything you do. By displaying a great example of oral hygiene, everyone else in your household will follow suit. In the early childhood years, you can participate in oral hygiene together, but as the kids grow into teens, by continually seeing you participate in your health, it’ll reinforce your adult children to do that same.

Be Proactive in Your Own Health

This tip goes along with the first one only with the goal of protecting your own health. Did you know that your oral health offers clues about your overall health – or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Protect yourself by learning more about the connection between your oral health and overall health.

Go To Your Child’s Dental Appointment

We are always delighted to welcome fathers who bring their children to their dental appointments. Children value the support and input you can bring to oral health habits.

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Why People Choose Invisalign Over Regular Braces

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Have you wanted to have straighter teeth, but haven’t yet taken the plunge? Has the thought of wearing braces with all of the wires and brackets been holding you back from getting the straight teeth you desire? You’re not alone. It’s reasons such as these that makes many people steer clear of trying to correct their smile. However, studies show that those who have a straighter, whiter smile tend to make a more favorable first impression than those who don’t.

Now, Invisalign services are available to those who want to achieve their dream smile without the years of brace face. With over 5 million people that have used Invisalign, this orthodontic alternative has been one of America’s favorite for a straighter smile.

People choose Invisalign over regular braces because:

Appearance – Because Invisalign is an invisible braces system that uses clear, plastic trays that fit snugly against your teeth it does not use clunky looking wires and brackets. This means you can continue to smile with confidence, without having to worry about the appearance of your braces.

Convenience – Invisalign aligner trays are removable, which makes them highly convenient. If you have a social occasion that you’d rather have them out for, it’s just as simple as popping out your aligner trays, attending your event, and then putting them back in again when you’re done.

Hygiene – Traditional braces come with a lot of rules about what you can and cannot eat, as well as very specific hygiene instructions. Invisalign however allows you to keep maintaining your teeth as you always have because cleaning is as simple as taking out your aligner trays and putting them back in again. This helps your teeth stay healthier and happier.

Time – Invisalign routinely has treatment times much shorter than traditional braces, which means you can get back to life as normal quicker.

Cost – The cost of Invisalign Teen is equivalent to traditional braces. And thanks to flexible payment plans, correcting alignment issues doesn’t have to put stress on the family budget.

Safety – Since the aligners are made of plastic and don’t use any brackets or wires, there is no risk of the inside of the mouth becoming cut or irritated.

We believe strongly in the benefits of Invisalign braces over traditional braces. Many of our patients came to us worried about getting braces but left with a huge feeling of relief when they learned about this easy, invisible, pain-free alternative.

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Gentle Dental to Overcome Anxiety at the Dentist Office

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If you suffer from dental phobia, you’ve probably seen the phrase ‘gentle dentistry’ before. It is a concept that is appearing more and more regularly, as increasing numbers of dental practitioners recognize that how they treat their patients is just as important as their level of technical ability.

The phrase ‘gentle dentistry’ is one that has been adopted by us at Arden Dental Care and implemented in our approach. The goal of our approach is to help the patient understand more clearly where our patient-practice relationship is breaking down. Arden Dental Care regularly participates in training and knowledge about how to treat patients who are anxious about pain or phobic about dentistry. This training provides our staff sophisticated behavioral management techniques that can help patients to relax.

It’s also important to us to be aware of how our patients are feeling. This way we can adjust our own behavior and approach to suit different patients and put them at their ease.

By utilizing the latest technological advances in dental equipment and technique, we can ensure greater satisfaction, success, comfort, and efficiency. At our office we strive to provide our patients with the highest quality care using the highest quality technology. By incorporating this new technology into our practice, we can create talking points, give patients opportunities to discuss their treatment (and their fears) and start building a stronger patient-practice relationship.

Because we have the tools to occupy your mind and relax, we will sometimes take your relaxation one step further by providing you with simple and safe conscious sedation methods. With conscious sedation, our patients can remain awake during their procedures, but in a state of total comfort and peace. Conscious sedation doesn’t make patients fall asleep, but some of our patients are so comfortable, they fall asleep anyway.

By giving the patient more flexibility to tailor their treatment to meet their individual needs, gentle dentists help to create a better patient experience that many phobia sufferers find more reassuring and more relaxing.

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Your oral health is more important than you might realize.

Did you know that your oral health offers clues about your overall health – or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Protect yourself by learning more about the connection between your oral health and overall health.

What conditions may be linked to oral health?

Your oral health might contribute to various diseases and conditions, including:

Endocarditis. Endocarditis is an infection of the inner lining of your heart (endocardium). Endocarditis typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to damaged areas in your heart.

Cardiovascular disease. Some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.

Pregnancy and birth. Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.

Certain conditions also might affect your oral health, including:

Diabetes. Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection – putting the gums at risk. Gum disease appears to be more frequent and severe among people who have diabetes. Research shows that people who have gum disease have a harder time controlling their blood sugar levels, and that regular periodontal care can improve diabetes control.

HIV/AIDS. Oral problems, such as painful mucosal lesions, are common in people who have HIV/AIDS.

Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis – which causes bones to become weak and brittle – might be linked with periodontal bone loss and tooth loss.
Drugs used to treat osteoporosis carry a small risk of damage to the bones of the jaw.

Alzheimer’s disease. Worsening oral health is seen as Alzheimer’s disease progresses.

Other conditions that might be linked to oral health include eating disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, head and neck cancers, and Sjogren’s syndrome – an immune system disorder that causes dry mouth.

Because of these potential links, tell your dentist if you’re taking any medications or have had any changes in your overall health – especially if you’ve had any recent illnesses or you have a chronic condition, such as diabetes.

What’s the connection between oral health and overall health?

Like many areas of the body, your mouth is teeming with bacteria – most of them harmless. Normally the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep these bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease.

In addition, certain medications – such as decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics and antidepressants – can reduce saliva flow. Saliva washes away food and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth, helping to protect you from microbial invasion or overgrowth that might lead to disease.

Studies also suggest that oral bacteria and the inflammation associated with periodontitis – a severe form of gum disease – might play a role in some diseases. In addition, certain diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS, can lower the body’s resistance to infection, making oral health problems more severe.

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How Your Smile Affects Your Job And Career

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We’d like to think that the basis for choosing to hire someone was based purely on ability or qualifications, but the reality is that our appearance also has an effect. Consider that the first impressions we make with people — socially or on the job — are our appearance.

Before we open our mouth to speak, we’ve already spoken.

A recent study revealed that those with facial imperfections have additional hurdles to overcome during a job interview. Two researchers, Dr. Mikki Hebl and Dr. Juan Madera, discovered that during a job interview, the interviewer was often distracted by disfigurements or qualities of the face. Unaware, they rated those candidates as less qualified because they remembered less of what the interviewee had said and more of what they looked like.

“It just shows that despite maturity and experience levels, it is still a natural human reaction to react negatively to facial stigma,” Madera said.

Both Hebl and Madera hope the research will raise awareness about this form of workplace discrimination.

“The bottom line is that how your face looks can significantly influence the success of an interview,” Hebl said. “There have been many studies showing that specific groups of people are discriminated against in the workplace, but this study takes it a step further, showing why it happens. The allocation of attention away from memory for the interview content explains this.”

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Are Checkups Necessary?

Usually check-ups occur every 6 months, but can sometimes go as long as one year. The better care you take of your mouth the longer you’ll have to go without a checkup. However, the future of your teeth lies in your hands.

The goal of checkup appointments is to keep up with hygiene and keeping your mouth healthy. If there are any procedures, your dentist can map out what needs to be done now and what can wait. Your dentist will do several things during your checkup period. Inspecting your neck and mouth is one of them, in doing this they check for cancer or dental swelling. They will check your mouth for cavities and make sure there’s no decay or build-up. If so they can immediately take care of this and help you get treatment as soon as possible. Your dentist will examine your gums and give you advice and tips for keeping a healthy mouth. In this time, you can ask your dentist anything you have questions about, problem areas or if a tooth is hurting.

Keeping up to date with your appointments and checkups is necessary to stay away from gum disease and decay. The risks of not keeping up with your dental hygiene are terrifying and mostly avoidable. For example, gum disease can be very painful and expensive to treat. You don’t want to lose teeth because the gum isn’t strong enough to hold onto them any longer. Therefore, your goal is to find any dental problems before they even start or begin to get worse.

When you are meeting with your dentist remember to speak up! Be completely honest so they have a better idea of what’s going on at home with your teeth. If you have any questions or need help assisting with anything always ask. It’s much better to ask for help, even if it’s a little embarrassing. Especially if you have pain somewhere in your mouth. Not speaking up could further lead to root canals and following procedures. It’s not worth the pain.

All in all, always go to your checkups and keep up with your dental hygiene. Trust us, it’s worth it.

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Top 5 Ways To Keep Cavities Far Away From Your Teeth!

Brushing and flossing habits stay with you from when you’re a child to blossoming into an adult. Sometimes it’s hard to break the bad ones but crucial to remember the good ones. Nobody wants a mouth full of cavities!
1. Keep your brushing and flossing routine. Its best to brush and floss after every meal of the day but if you are unable to do that make sure you do it at least twice a day. It takes plague 24 hours to set in your teeth! If you have children make sure to get them going on these good habits when they’re young!

2. Avoid eating junk food with tons of sugar in it. Even if you brush your teeth twice a day, its best to stay away from foods with a lot of sugar in it or dark sodas and juices which will stain your teeth. These stains are hard to reverse after there are signs of them!

3. Using a straw can help you. You can minimize your teeth staining and keep cavity control when you use a straw for drinks. Whether its wine, apple juice, or soda it can be used as a sort of protection against your teeth. Straws also come in handy if you have more sensitive teeth but still like cold carbonated drinks. Its best to stay away as much as you can, but if you must, use a straw!

4. Dental sealants are on your side. Dentists use these as a protective coating around your tooth and an excellent way to prevent cavities. The point of this is to seal off your tooth so the plague and bacteria can’t get into little spots and grooves which could result in tooth decay and major cavities. In the end, this makes it easier to brush and floss when present.

5. Find the right toothbrush and toothpaste for you. There are highly recommended toothbrushes that make it easier for your daily routine. The sonic toothbrushes vibrate in a circular motion which stimulates fluids in spots you cant reach. If you have more sensitive teeth there are other options for you tooth, with toothpastes that you’ll love. A brand I like to use is Sensodyne. The more you brush your sensitive teeth with this the easier it is to drink colder drinks and so on.

The best part about these tips is that it’s all things within your reach. Look around and find a good toothbrush that works best for you with matching toothpaste that you equally love. Keep on your good routines and make sure you’re doing everything you can to take care of your teeth. You’ll have them forever, hopefully!

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Does Chewing Gum Harm Your Teeth?

Chewing gum is a worldwide trend that has happened ever since the 1800’s when they chewed natural materials instead of what we chew today. The sapodilla tree was widely known for its chewable sap. This started as a main ingredient in Americas first bubble gum.

Modern gum has now evolved and really started booming in the 1860’s. The first commercial aired in 1848 by John Bacon Curtis, who came up with the whole idea of making spruce gum into chewing gum. They just needed to add some flavor. They called the gum “State of the Maine pure Spruce Gum” and soon after opened a factory named the “Curtis Chewing Gum Factory”.
Another creator of the modern day chewing gum is Thomas Adams. He started by making various things out of chicle, like boots, toys and masks and then soon added flavor and made it into a gum! This is the closest thing to our current chewing gum, way to go Adams! The first flavors were Sour Orange and then soon followed Black Liquorish. He then opened a company named “Adams New York Chewing Gum” that produced “Chiclets”. The only issue he ran into was keeping the flavor!

Chewing gum is recognized as a protector for your teeth! A couple quick pros are for one chewing it increases the flow of saliva. Which ends up washing out some of the plague and decay. Resulting in less cavities! One of the ingredients as a sugar substitute is Xylitol. This acts as an enemy against tooth bacteria, losing the ability to hold onto the tooth, this stomps the cavity causing process. With the positives comes negatives. Chewing gum can be linked to headaches and have artificial sugars which aren’t so great for your teeth. Constantly chewing gum can also cause damage to your teeth. Be wary how often you chew it and what kinds you chew. If you have mercury fillings, you should try to stay away from gum. It releases the neuro toxin which conclusively goes down into your blood stream.

We have all chewed gum sometime in our lifetime. Some people chew more than others. It’s important to keep in mind the sugars involved in gum and the risks you take with damage and the damage to your jaw. If you are feeling pain, get it checked out by a dentist. Chewing gum can bring good outcomes too, always remember the consequences and maybe if you’re an avid gum chewer stay further away from constantly chewing it.

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