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For many of you out there, there is one thing that your dentist always tells you that you need to do more often. You know exactly what we’re talking about don’t you? Flossing, of course! We’re not mad, just disappointed. But don’t worry, this blog is not about giving you a hard time about flossing more. That’s a job for your dentist. Instead, as your young one’s pediatric dentist in Reunion, this post is about encouraging your child to stay on a steady routine of flossing. It is so important to the health of their teeth, and in order to have them turn into adults that make their dentist proud, you need to get them going at an early age.

We know that this task is easier said than done, that’s what this post is for! Learn a few tips on how to influence your child to floss daily below. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment for your kiddo at our dental office, then please give us a call today!

Show Them the Way

You are your child’s hero (until they go through their teenage years, of course). They look up to you and want to make you proud and follow in your footsteps. That’s why the first step to getting your child to floss is through leading by example. Even if you’re not currently a big flosser, we recommend that you start for their (and your teeth’s) sake! Brush your teeth with them before bed or in the mornings and then show them that flossing is just a normal part of the routine.

Progress Calendar

Kids love to have a way to see and celebrate their accomplishments. One great way to get them excited about flossing is to create a progress calendar. Have them put stickers on it every time that they floss. Give them small rewards for certain milestones, such as flossing every day of the month. We guarantee you that they’ll be excited to fill up the calendar with fun stickers and get their reward at the end!

Make It Fun

We’ll admit it, flossing isn’t necessarily fun, but it is important. The good news is, it’s pretty easy to make it fun for children. Create a song that they can hum or sing as they floss, create games that make them smile, and joke around with them as they do it. The main thing is to convince them that flossing isn’t just a chore, but that it can be a good time with you as well.

Be Extra Encouraging

They want them to know that you’re proud of them, so show it! Be extra enthusiastic about how happy you are that they’re staying up with their flossing schedule. When they see how excited you are, they will be too and will look forward to doing it again the following day.

We know it’s hard even convincing them to brush their teeth, you need to help them understand that taking care of their teeth is important and nothing to skip. We promise it won’t be that hard to convince them to floss, and hey, it will help you stay up with your flossing routine as well! Contact Treasured Teeth today if your child is due for a trip to their pediatric dentist in Reunion.

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Treasured Teeth Blog by Developer Madwire - 2M ago

Welcome back to our blog series on gardening! As we talked about in our first blog, gardening is a great way to build healthy habits. When we think of health, we think of our physical health, but rarely remember that having healthy teeth is just as important to our overall wellness.

Our pediatric dentists know that gardening is a fun summer activity, it provides fresh fruits and veggies, and it can teach kids eating habits that will help their teeth and health as a whole. Learn how to set up a garden, get started before summer begins, and contact Treasured Teeth for dental cleanings, checkups, fillings, and other pediatric dental services.

Step 1: Decide On Seeds

Your kids will love the planning stage of gardening! Figuring out what seeds to plant creates lots of opportunities for discussion on healthy eating. Have a conversation with your children on the types of vegetables (and maybe a fruit) that are healthy and that they want to try growing, then go to your local gardening store.

The thing that’s great about gardening is how inexpensive it is. Seeds usually cost less than a buck-fifty for a packet, and a bag of soil might be about $10-$20 — this is a healthy activity that keeps on giving, and costs less than going to the movies or mini-golfing over the summer. Once you pick out your seeds, read up about them with your children, and start to figure out how much space is needed.

Here are some ideas that our pediatric dentist recommends:

  • Spinach and other leafy greens
  • Carrots and celery
  • Broccoli (a good source of vitamin D, which helps strengthen bones and teeth)
  • Cucumbers
Step 2: Figure Out the Garden Space

Are you thinking of creating an in-ground garden? Do you have the space for raised beds? Are plants needing to fit onto your patio or balcony? Figuring out the garden space should be taken into consideration with your seed planning — for example, cucumbers, squash, and pumpkins are all plants that spread out quite a bit and need lots of space.

You won’t necessarily need to have your garden space completely set once you get your seeds — check the labels to see if your seeds need to be started indoors, or if they can directly go outside. As you get closer to planting the seeds outdoors, that’s when you should plan out your garden spaces. Here are some great how-tos for building raised beds and an in-ground garden. If you’re just using containers to plant some fresh produce, just follow the seed packet instructions and proceed to step three!

Step 3: Plant and Monitor

Kids will be super excited to see their hard work pay off and to watch life blossom and happen before their eyes! After several weeks, you’ll be able to start harvesting produce. You’ll have access to healthy fruits and vegetables, all of which are excellent snacks and sources of nutrition — and most of which will benefit your family’s teeth and gums.

In the summer, it can be super easy to spend too much time in front of the TV or to snack on some sugary popsicles or other cold treats. Our pediatric dentist knows that healthy habits are essential for healthy gums and teeth, and gardening is a great way to make that happen. Enjoy the season ahead, and contact Treasured Teeth to set up an appointment this summer!

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Treasured Teeth Blog by Developer Madwire - 2M ago

Summer is an amazing time for kids, but it can be kind of stressful for families. Figuring out daycare, activities to keep kids entertained, new routines — it can be a lot. You want the summer to be fun and to be a time of making lasting memories. Creating a garden is the perfect way to make this happen.

Whether you’re with your kids at home during the summer or not, creating a garden is a family-friendly, fun, and healthy activity that the kids’ dentists at Treasured Teeth absolutely recommend! Learn more about the benefits of building a garden, how to start one up, and how even your child’s teeth can be positively affected by this summer activity.

The Health Benefits of Gardening

We’ve mentioned in previous blogs the foods that are harmful for tooth enamel, and can lead to plaque buildup, cavities, and decay. We’ve also talked about some of the foods that teeth seem to really love. Foods such as apples, celery, broccoli, and fruit smoothies are all great for your child’s teeth (and yours, too!).

By growing some of these foods yourself, you’re teaching kids about how healthy food is grown and how it helps the body. Instead of reaching for sugary popsicles as a cold treat, you could do fresh celery stalks with some peanut butter, or fresh strawberries with a drizzle of chocolate syrup. This is much better for your child’s teeth, and sets good eating habits at an early age. You’re also saving money and a trip to the grocery store, and get fresh produce that tastes better than you can imagine.

But there’s another secret to gardening that our kids’ dentists will happily let you in on: If you have kids who are picky eaters, there’s a good chance they’ll be more likely to eat vegetables and fruits when you grow them! They’ll love watching the growing process, and will feel proud to (literally) eat the fruits of their labor!

As we always say, you don’t need to totally and completely eliminate processed sugar from your child’s diet. Everyone should be allowed a treat now and then! But gardening is a great way to make healthy eating routine, instead of a rare occurrence — and this absolutely helps your child’s teeth.

The Emotional Benefits of Gardening

Gardening teaches a lot about science, it’s true. But it’s also a lesson in patience, care, responsibility, and for young children, can even help develop fine and gross motor skills. An article in Psychology Today reports that “Time and again research reveals that gardening has a positive effect on our mental health.”

Gardening helps clear our minds with its seemingly simple, mindless tasks; it connects us to nature and other living things, and it helps us become nurturers. These are all excellent skills for a child to learn, and prove that gardening can have positive benefits on a child’s emotional health — not just their physical health.

When you garden with your young one, you’re also both benefiting from the experience in an emotional way, simply through connecting. Sharing in common interests, spending time together, being outdoors — all of these things help strengthen our connections.

As a final point (though our kids’ dentists are sure there are countless other gardening benefits out there), so many parents are concerned about too much screen time (and for good reason). Gardening is an activity that’s not only enjoyable, but it’s outside and away from the TVs and the tablets. This provides enriching opportunities for a child’s summer vacation, and it’s an activity that kids will remember for years to come.

In our next blog, we’ll continue with how you can set up your garden so that you’re fully prepped and ready for summer. Stay tuned, and make an appointment with the kids’ dentists at Treasured Teeth to help your child’s oral health be at its very best.

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Treasured Teeth Blog by Developer Madwire - 3M ago

Fluoride has been one of those topics of debate in the past decade. A number of people have experienced growing concerns about whether fluoride is dangerous, and whether or not it should be added to the water.

Our pediatric dentists are here to set the record straight. Fluoride has a ton of benefits, and it’s not as scary as people make it out to be. Learn more from Treasured Teeth, and set up your child’s appointment for a dental cleaning or general visit with our office!

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a mineral that’s found in many foods and water. Some of this occurs naturally (just as salt is a mineral and is naturally occurring in foods), and in some instances, fluoride is added as an ingredient.

Why do we add fluoride to water?

WebMD does a good job explaining this: “Every day, minerals are added to and lost from a tooth’s enamel layer through two processes, demineralization and remineralization.” When we eat things that are high in sugar, this can lead to a buildup of plaque, which demineralizes the structure of our teeth, leaving them weakened and susceptible to infection or decay.

When we consume things with fluoride and calcium (another important mineral), we’re remineralizing our teeth, making them stronger. Especially for children, tooth decay can lead to lasting problems — fluoride is a natural and relatively safe way to protect the teeth.

Does every city add fluoride to their water?

Water fluoridation (the process of adding fluoride to water) has been considered one of the greatest technological and medical developments of the 20th century, as reported by the CDC. Our pediatric dentists would have to agree. While most people in the United States have access to fluoridated water, one-quarter of the country does not. This puts an alarmingly high 81 million people at risk for tooth decay that could otherwise be prevented.

We talked about this in our last blog, but it’s important to find out if your water supply has fluoride. If not, there are other ways you can help expose your children to this essential mineral. But if you’re in a city near Denver like Thornton or Reunion, chances are that your water is fluoridated — about 72 percent of Coloradoans have fluoride-treated water.

Is there any danger to fluoride?

Like any mineral, too much can be a bad thing. Children, in particular, should not be exposed to too much fluoride, especially when they’re very young. There was also a 2017 study that posited a correlation between high fluoride levels for pregnant mothers and lower IQs for their babies as a result.

That being said, the danger to fluoride only comes from excess. Most people never need to worry about getting too much fluoride, and your child’s pediatrician or pediatric dentist will happily give you more information if you’re worried that your child is at risk.

Fluoride provides dental healthcare in a way that most families in the US could otherwise not afford. We are grateful for this medical advancement, and see the benefits firsthand as pediatric dentists. But if you have any remaining questions, we’re more than happy to give you more information! Call us to set up an appointment today.

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We know that candy is full of sugar and that ideally, you shouldn’t be taking a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down. But there are a lot of foods with surprisingly high amounts of sugar, and they’re usually foods we don’t think twice about.

When we don’t know what’s in our food or beverages, we’re not able to make informed eating decisions. As parents, the last thing we want is for our kids to be eating something we think is fine, but it ends up being detrimental to their teeth and gums. Our pediatric dentists are here with the scoop on foods that you wouldn’t expect to be high in sugar — take a look, and schedule a dental cleaning for your child with Treasured Teeth in Reunion and Thornton!

Yogurt

Even though it calls itself “healthy,” yogurt often has tons of sugar. Just a small container that’s a couple of ounces is packed with usually 10-15 grams of sugar. Stick with yogurt options that are lower in sugar so that the benefits outweigh the negatives.

Sauces

Ketchup, BBQ sauce, honey mustard, and even marinara are all tasty for a reason. They’re usually chock-full with sugar. Even though we love slathering those scrumptious sauces on our burgers, it’s for the best that we don’t go overboard.

Oftentimes, you can make your own sauces that taste even better than the processed store-bought ones, and they’ll have a fraction of the sugar. Look for easy marinara sauce recipes, and try making your own honey mustard by simply combining honey (which has natural sugars) with a more bitter mustard.

Cereal

Don’t let the advertising fool you. While cereals are fortified with vitamins and minerals, they are still usually full of sugar (especially those slightly addicting kid’s varieties). Plus, when adding milk to cereal, you’re adding even more sugar — milk usually has more than 10g of sugar per serving, although this is natural.

Our society treats cereal as a staple when it should really be seen as a treat. Opt for eggs and other high-protein foods for your family’s breakfasts, so that the next dental cleaning is a good appointment instead of hearing the dreaded news of having a cavity.

Protein and Granola Bars

Certain granola bars or protein bars do a great job of having high amounts of protein and low amounts of sugar (also known as a low glycemic index). Luna bars and Power Crunch bars, in particular, taste great and usually have between 5-12g of sugar, which isn’t too shabby.

Conversely, CLIF bars are some of the worst. You can expect upwards of 20, even sometimes close to 30g of sugar. These kinds of bars don’t offer enough bang for the buck, and while tasty, that taste comes at a price. When choosing protein bars, make sure you go for things that are low in sugar and still have nutritional value.

Most Processed Foods

Frozen meals, canned soups, and other processed foods are bound to have much more sugar than if you make things yourself. Even homemade desserts, like chocolate chip cookies, will likely have less sugar per serving than if you were to buy a thing of Oreos.

Whenever you can, try to make things homemade. It can be tricky and definitely time-consuming, but your family will feel so much better as a result. Plus, you’ll be teaching your children healthy habits and the importance of eating right.

At Treasured Teeth, we are committed to helping families in the Reunion and Thornton area staying healthy. Dental health is a huge part of overall health, and by making conscious eating decisions about high-sugar foods, you’ll be helping both your teeth and body as a whole. Schedule a dental cleaning or checkup with the pediatric dentists at Treasured Teeth today!

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Treasured Teeth Blog by Developer Madwire - 4M ago

Losing baby teeth is a big deal! Aside from the fact that it’s kind of weird and strange that our teeth all fall out at some point when we’re young, it’s also a sign that your kiddo is growing up.

At Treasured Teeth, our kid’s dentists are fortunate enough to be in direct contact with the Tooth Fairy. If you’re looking for a letter to print out for your child on their first lost baby tooth, we’ve got you covered. She sent over a personalized letter that all parents are welcome to use. Feel free to print this PDF out for your not-so-little one, and make an appointment with our Reunion or Thornton kid’s dentist today!

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You help your child brush their teeth in the morning and again at night. You might even be able to get them to floss once in awhile (good for you if you do). And yet, there are countless other ways that kiddos can end up with damaged teeth, even when you do everything right at home.

Our pediatric dentists in Thornton and Reunion have plenty of thoughts on how you can help protect your child’s teeth. This will help them not only in the present, but it will help their future oral health as well. Take a look at some of the ways you can help protect your child’s teeth, and contact Treasured Teeth to set up a pediatric dental appointment today!

Wearing Mouthguards

Contact sports, such as football or hockey, will usually require all children to wear mouthguards to help protect their teeth. But there are plenty of sports that could still put your child’s teeth at risk, such as soccer or basketball. If falling on hard surfaces or coming into close contact with other players is an inherent part of your child’s sport of choice, having them wear a mouthguard is always a safe bet.

You can find mouthguards at most sporting goods stores for a reasonable price. Or, you can talk to your child’s pediatric dentist about getting a custom mouthguard that’s customized to their teeth and gums. Whichever way you go, some protection is always better than none.

Ensuring Surfaces Aren’t Slippery

We’ve had countless cases of children who are rushed in with damaged or missing teeth after a fall. One of the most common places where these falls can happen is the bathroom. Bathrooms are strangely designed with some of the most slippery surfaces — porcelain and tile are about as common as they come. When these surfaces come into contact with water and your child comes into contact with that, the end result can look like a trip to their pediatric dentist.

Put down grippy or anti-slip mats in both the shower/tub, as well as a mat on the floor to ensure that your child’s risk of falling is slim to none. This can prevent not only damaged teeth, but broken bones and stitches as well!

Having Fluoride in Your Water

Fluoride is added to water supply in cities across the country and around the globe. This is because fluoride is an essential mineral that helps protect tooth enamel (it’s why you got those kind-of-gross fluoride treatments as a kid).

However, in recent years there’s been an alarming concern about the idea of having something added to the water. In fact, some people have even begun buying filters that eliminate or reduce the amount of fluoride in their water.

If you have concerns about fluoride, talk to your child’s pediatric dentist or doctor, but ultimately know that fluoride is a really good thing, and it’s only implemented in microscopic doses in the water supply. If you currently rely on a well or other source for your water, look into treating your water with fluoride so that your child’s teeth (and yours) can be protected.

Treating Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding or jaw clenching isn’t uncommon, but it can be a cause for concern in children. Usually it’s a sign of stress, but in rare cases, teeth grinding can be a symptom of certain infections, like from a parasite. Either way, you want to make sure your child’s teeth grinding is addressed and treated at the source.

In some instances, a special mouthguard that’s worn by your child during their sleep can make a difference. Ultimately, however, you want to find out what the cause of the grinding is and work towards treating that. Grinding can cause damage to teeth, tooth alignment, and gums if left untreated.

Since kids lose their baby teeth, are these protective measures necessary?

It’s true that your child will lose their baby teeth (though in some cases, a baby tooth is actually the adult/permanent tooth). However, damage to your child’s teeth and gums can have negative implications for their dental health in the future. Permanent teeth that are coming in can be damaged, teeth alignment can be disrupted and out of whack, and tension in their gums and jaws can lead to headaches and more.

Not to mention, no parent wants to see their kid in pain. No parent also wants to fork over a hefty chunk of change for an emergency dental procedure that could otherwise be prevented. If you have the opportunity to prevent dental damage from happening, you absolutely should.

With Treasured Teeth in Reunion and Thornton, you can take one more preventative measure towards protecting your child’s teeth — though this isn’t an unexpected example. You can take your child in for routine visits with their pediatric dentist, starting as soon as their first tooth comes in, to set them up for dental success.

We have two convenient locations, and our pediatric dentists are well-equipped and skilled in providing a variety of services in a fun environment. We offer sedation dentistry, dental sealants, regular checkups and routine appointments, and so much more! By making trips to the dentist a part of your child’s life, they’ll have continual care to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy and strong. Set up an appointment with our Reunion or Thornton pediatric dentists today, and thank you for choosing Treasured Teeth as your child’s dentist!

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Halloween is one of the most anticipated events for kids — not only do they get to dress up and go door-to-door displaying their garb, but they get bags and bags full of candy for doing it. This may be a child’s dream, but it can be parents (and dentists) worst nightmare!

At Treasured Teeth, we understand that your kids aren’t perfect and eat candy from time-to-time, which is why routine dental care is imperative to their overall oral health. If you are dreading the candy coma and potential cavities it may bring, learn helpful tips for keeping healthy smiles this Halloween.

Tips to Survive Halloween Cavity-Free!

We all know that eating sugar leads to cavities, but with proper care, you and your little ones can avoid tooth decay this Halloween season. Read below for helpful tips!

Start With a Candy Conversation

The best way to tackle the influx of candy and treats is to begin with a discussion around it. No matter how young or old your child is, set the tone about Halloween and the treats they are about to receive.

Address the concept of moderation, and relay that while enjoying treats is completely acceptable, eating them all the time is not.

It is important to develop a healthy relationship around food, and highlight healthy eating habits first!

Always Brush Their Teeth Before Bed

For a healthy smile, it is critical that your child brushes their teeth before bed — regardless of the occasion, but especially if they have just indulged in treats. When Your kiddo brushes before bed, this removes the acid-producing bacteria that cause tooth decay.

FLOSS

Flossing is something we all need to get better at doing, but if you can’t commit to twice a day, aim for at least once before bedtime. Kids don’t often keep track of how much candy they have had that day, so flossing at night can remove any cavity-causing debris the toothbrush missed, in addition to getting the nooks and crannies between teeth.

Keep a Watchful Eye on Their Candy Intake

Part of your parental and caretaker duties is to monitor the amount of candy your kid is consuming, otherwise left to their own devices, they would probably live off of creamy nougat and chocolate! Hang onto their candy supply and let them pick a couple of their favorite pieces each day. Eventually, the hustle and bustle of the holiday will be over and they’ll forget about their Halloween candy completely!

Talk About Poor Dental Care Consequences

Perhaps your kids don’t know the consequences of eating candy and not brushing their teeth, so help them understand what can happen if they neglect healthy dental habits. Talk about what sugar does to the teeth and the negative impact of avoiding brushing and flossing.

Schedule a Post-Halloween Teeth Cleaning

If your family is in need of a routine teeth cleaning, there is no better time than after Halloween to schedule one! And, better yet, our staff members can reiterate the importance of healthy teeth and encourage them to continue brushing and flossing every day, twice a day!

To schedule an appointment, connect with our office today!
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Parents all know the main things that their kids should be doing to keep up with their dental health. We know that brushing teeth and flossing, as well as regularly scheduled dental cleanings are necessary. We know that the occasional mouthwash rinse can be beneficial. In short, we know what’s good for our teeth.

What we don’t always know is the bad stuff, or the things that can be harmful to our children’s teeth and gums. Sure, we know that candy isn’t great, but there are some things that nearly every parent gives to their child, but probably wouldn’t if they knew how damaging these things could be.

Our pediatric dentist is here to give you some insight as to some of the worst things that exist for your child’s teeth and gums. By avoiding these foods, drinks, and more, your child’s dental health will be in much better shape. Learn more from our dental clinic, and book an appointment with Treasured Teeth in Montrose, Reunion, or Thornton!

Water Without Fluoride

In recent years, fluoride has taken a beating from alternative health advocates who claim that it’s harmful. While there’s room for concern if someone is ingesting too much fluoride, this claim otherwise couldn’t be further from the truth.

Fluoride is a mineral that can be found in most water sources. In many cities, the water used by the public is treated with minimal amounts of fluoride, solely because it’s very useful for oral health. As KidsHealth explains, “Fluoride combats tooth decay in two ways: 1) It is incorporated into the structure of developing teeth when it is ingested [and] 2) It protects teeth when it comes in contact with the surface of the teeth.”

If you see articles or statuses from people on social media saying that fluoride is dangerous, take what they’re saying with a huge grain of salt. Any vitamin or mineral can become a problem if we’re getting too much of it — further proof that too much of a good thing is usually a bad thing. Ultimately, fluoride is necessary for helping your child’s developing teeth, as well as protecting everyone’s teeth! Make sure your water supply has the right amount of fluoride.

Juice

The flashy labels on a bottle of juice would have you believe you’re consuming something healthy and fruity, but the nutritional information doesn’t lie. Juice is more or less pure sugar, and is highly detrimental to your child’s health, both for their teeth and in general. In fact, there are sodas that have less sugar than juice (though that’s not a reason to reach for the Mountain Dew instead of the Minute Maid).

You don’t have to rule out juice entirely, particularly if your child loves it. Instead, make juice a treat that happens every once in awhile, and bring in fresh fruits and veggies for a healthier alternative.

Chewing On Ice

If it’s towards the end of a drink and your kids are munching on some ice, this isn’t the worst thing in the world. But if your child has a habit of chewing on ice and does it regularly, their teeth can be harmed in the process. Teeth can be chipped or fractured when biting down on ice, and if they become cracked or start to fracture, bacteria can more easily enter the tooth. Oftentimes, chips or cracks are so subtle in teeth that they might not even be noticed or felt. Prevent this altogether by prohibiting your children from routinely biting down on ice.

Hard Candies

Even if they don’t seem as sugary as a peanut butter cup or a bag of M&Ms, hard candies and lollipops can actually be more detrimental to your child’s oral health. This is because they are being consumed slowly, so the sugar (and subsequent plaque) intake is ongoing and over a longer period of time. Again, you don’t have to eliminate suckers and hard candies completely, but be mindful that these are really bad for teeth, especially for younger children who are still developing their dental health.

Not Going to the Pediatric Dentist

This is maybe one of the worst dental things of all! Regular teeth cleanings don’t just help keep teeth nice and healthy — these are essential visits that serve as preventative care. Your pediatric dentist can spot any potential health issues or areas that look problematic, and get them taken care of before bigger problems arise. Plus, this builds the routine of going to the dentist into your child’s life, so that they’ll be able to maintain this crucial element of dental care into their adult years. Contact Treasured Teeth to get your child in for a dental cleaning — with a pirate ship, fun environment, and dentists who are highly experienced and compassionate in the pediatric field, we promise you’ll be happy with the experience, and so will your young one!

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Once we hit October, whether you are prepared for it or not, the holiday season has started. What better way to usher in a season of indulgences than with Halloween? October kicks off the time when bite-sized candy bars begin appearing in the office and your kids get the excuse to dress up and gather loads of candy.

First, there is Halloween, then Thanksgiving, followed by Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s Day — all sugary sweet holidays! With all the sweet treats that begin to make their entrance right about now, is there a candy that is actually better for your teeth? Join us in today’s post as we navigate the best and worst candy for your teeth!

The Best Types of Candy For Your Teeth

While sugar is sugar and is highly destructive to your enamel resulting in cavities, there is candy that is better for your teeth.

  • Chocolate – Dark chocolate (70 percent and up) is the best option for your teeth, and may have beneficial compounds that support teeth health! Not only can it help harden tooth enamel, it has antibacterial properties that is better at fighting plaque. Overall, dark chocolate is a win with its high cocoa content and low sugar. Milk chocolate is still a better option than most candy, but it is high in sugar which causes tooth decay. Dentists love chocolate as a candy option because it will simply rinse away with water.
  • Sugar-free alternatives – The sugar-free options available have come a long way from years past! We now have candy options that are sweetened with stevia and xylitol, and taste delicious. Sugar-free candy is not only beneficial to your teeth because it keeps the pH at a healthy level, but it is also a great option for those with type 2 diabetes.    
  • Candy with nuts – Candy with nuts may seem counterintuitive, but the larger nut pieces not only help break up a candy’s stickiness, but they can also scrub your teeth in the process!
The Worst Types of Candy For Your Teeth

Most candy can be harmful to your teeth, but below are the biggest cavity-causing candies!

  • Candy that is sticky – Think of sticky candies that you have to mull and chew over and over (taffy), these are the sticky candies you want to avoid simply because they can get wedged into tiny little crevices and increase tooth decay.
  • Suckers and lollipops – This type of candy may not make sense because you are not really chewing anything, but the problem arises with the exposure your teeth are subjected to. With other candy you chew and swallow it, with a sucker, there is a constant exposure to sugar which makes it very harmful.
  • Sour gummies – These are some of the worst offenders because you get the combination sticky and sour. Sour is harmful because it makes your mouth environment more acidic which wears down enamel.

As the holidays approach, be sure to choose better candy options, brush and floss twice daily, and drink plenty of water to flush harmful bacteria.

To schedule a teeth cleaning, connect with us today!     

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