Happy Fall! We hope that everyone had an incredible summer filled with good laughter and positive vibes. We encourage you to take time to give thanks for all of the good in your life, appreciate the people around you, and set some goals for the last three months of 2022.
We are happy to share that we have a new co-operative education student again this semester. Nick is a grade 12 student at LDSS and is a pleasure to have in the office. Please help us welcome him if you see him when visiting us.
Halloween is around the corner, so here are a few tips to ensure your teeth stay healthy during all the candy eating:
– Eat Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals. This helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles.
– Snacking can increase your risk of cavities, and it’s double the trouble if you keep grabbing sugary treats from the candy bowl.
– Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Aside from how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay.
– Sticky candies 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.
– It’s tempting to keep candy around, but your teeth will thank you if you limit your stash.
– Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, look for kinds that are fluoridated.
– Stay away from sugary beverages, this includes soda, sports drinks and flavoured waters. When teeth come in frequent contact with beverages that contain sugar, the risk of tooth decay is increased.
– Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals helps reduce tooth decay, because increased saliva flow helps wash out food and neutralize the acid produced by bacteria.
– Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Remember, replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
– Floss your teeth once a day. Decay-causing bacteria get between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
– Regular visits to see us will help prevent problems from occurring and catch those that do occur early.
The office will be closed October 10 thru 14th.
Have a Happy and Safe October!