Thursday, October 29, 2015

Little Girls Teeth And Halloween
Photo by Anders Ruff Custom Design’s photostream / CC-BY-ND

What You Haven’t Heard About Kids Teeth and Halloween

As Halloween quickly approaches, your little ones are probably preparing their costumes, decorating with orange and black, and highly anticipating the evening to go “trick or treat-ing.”
The great news about Halloween is that kids (and parents) get candy!
The not-so-great news about Halloween is that kids get candy (and cavities), right? While that is the message that most parents hear around this time of year, it’s actually not completely true. We’re about to clue you in to the things you haven’t heard about kids teeth and Halloween.

1. What’s Actually Causing Cavities?

While a lot of people would love to pin candy as the culprit for tooth decay, the villain is actually bacteria. (Plot twist!) This scheming bacterium has established itself right in your mouth. This becomes a problem when you eat. The bacterium is fed by starches, sugars and other carbohydrates, causing it to produce acid. Anyone who has taken a high-school level biology class will know that acid lowers PH – especially in the mouth. The more acidic your mouth is, the faster your teeth sensitize – and eventually decay.
The bottom line is this: Candy alone is not the sole cause of cavities. Really, any type of bread or starch can be just as harmful as the sweets gathered on Halloween.
It’s also important to be careful about letting kids eat snacks or candy continually throughout the day. If that happens, particles linger on the teeth and in the mouth, feeding that bacterium to no end. A better method is to stick with 3 set meals a day, without constant munching, and with active brushing at the beginning and end of the day.

2. There Are Foods That are Worse Than Candy

smile food
Photo by CarrieLu / CC-BY-NC-ND 
“Say, what?” That’s right. As sugary and harmful as candy can be, there are some foods that play the trump card when it comes to tooth decay. It’s every kid’s dream, right? Candy isn’t actually as bad as they say? Let’s take a look:
  • Soda/Energy Drinks. Ah, those fizzy and refreshing cans of destruction. While most kids love any kind of soda, they often don’t realize what they’re doing to their teeth! Most sodas these days are known to have an average of 10 tbsps. of sugar in them. That’s over 5 times the average amount of sugar a candy bar contains! That, combined with the acidic content from the carbonation, a can of soda is fatal to a tooth’s well-being.
  • Although raisins are generally looked upon as a healthy snack, they can be extremely sticky. For that reason, it a good idea to limit the amount you eat and brush your teeth after – or chew sugarless gum.
  • Potato Chips/Pretzels. These chips are dangerous for two reasons: One, they are carbohydrates, and two – especially potato chips – they are acidic. Both are great reasons to limit the amount of times you eat foods like this.
  • Cookies/Crackers. Starches like these are, unfortunately, used as fuel for tooth decay. A good rule of thumb after eating them is to brush your teeth and floss.
While these things are better than candy, there are still some candies that you will want to steer clear of. Anything particularly sticky, sour or hard should be a red flag. Furthermore, chocolate can be a much betteroption for your teeth because it doesn’t tend to stick as badly. (Just remember moderation – less cavities is not equal to less calories.)

3. Alternative “Treats” to Give Out

A great way to stay away from the dental dangers of Halloween, yet still make it fun, is to give away toys and other small items. Take a look at some of our suggestions, below!

4. How to Prevent Cavities without Banning Candy

If you’ve seen the 2005 version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you’ve seen a prime (yet fictional) example of what Halloween looks like when a child isn’t allowed to have candy: ultimately, very sad. While we do understand and sympathize with the fact that no candy at all prevents cavities, we also totally get thatHalloween and Kids TeethHalloween is fun because of candy!
  • Brush your teeth 2-3 times a day!
  • Use mouthwash to rinse your mouth.
  • Regularly visit your dentist.
  • Drink water regularly.
  • Avoid constant munching.
  • Eat the right kind of foods.
  • Think about fluoride treatment.

In Conclusion

We hope that your kids have a great time this Halloween! Keep in mind our advice to help their smiles stay strong, but also letting them have a blast at the same time.
Do you have any tips for parents this Halloween? If so, we’d love to hear from you in the comment section, below.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tooth Decay and Tooth Extraction

woman getting a cleaning

The Truth About Tooth Decay

One of the most important points about tooth decay is that you don't always recognize it when it's in the early stages.
Which is exactly why it’s important to see your dentist or dental hygienist regularly for a thorough cleaning and oral exam, in addition to following a consistent oral care routine of twice-daily toothbrushing and daily flossing.
Whether decayed teeth cause a toothache depends on where they're located. A cavity in the tooth enamel doesn't cause pain. In fact, you won't notice that you have a toothache until the decay reaches the dentin, the softer mid-layer of a tooth that lies between the enamel and the pulp. Decayed teeth can be saved if they are identified while they affect only the enamel or dentin, but if they decay reaches the nerve-filled pulp at the center of a tooth, a root canal or tooth extraction may be necessary.

A root canal will preserve the tooth, but in severe cases your dentist may recommend tooth extraction instead. If you have a tooth removed due to severe decay, it's important to practice good oral hygiene and follow your dentist's instructions for keeping the gum tissue clean while you consider options for a replacement tooth or teeth. Replacing missing teeth is important for oral hygiene for several reasons, in part because you will keep the neighboring teeth from shifting and affecting your bite.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Come Meet us at Lilburn Daze Arts Festival!

Where: Lilburn City Park
When: Saturday, October 10 
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: $0

Lilburn Daze       
Come Join the Fun          

The family atmosphere at the one-day event is what keeps residents and out-of-towners coming   back year after year.  For many people, Lilburn Daze is like a reunion.  With great shopping opportunities, rides, games, tons of food, and entertainment, there is something to appeal to every member of the family.

Lilburn Daze is proudly organized and hosted by the Lilburn Woman's Club. This festival allows the club to support and enrich the Lilburn community through scholarships, support of the arts, beautification projects, public health and safety projects, and much more.

Festival Features

Unique Arts & Crafts
Authors' Corner
Food Trucks
Children's Activities
*New this year - Cupcake Walk*
   Pony Rides
   Train Ride
   Home Depot Woodworking Workshops
Community Services Tent
Fabulous Food
Health Tent
Free Admission, Free Parking, and Shuttle Transportation

                         City Park is Located Behind City Hall at 76 Main Street, where Handicap Parking is available.              Continuous Shuttle Service to Lilburn Daze will be available 
at Lilburn First Baptist Church (285 Main Street) 
and Lilburn Marketplace (4800 Lawrenceville Hwy).  

Thank you to our 2015 sponsors:

October 10, 2015
9 AM to 5 PM
Lilburn City Park
Rain or Shine!
   Lilburn Woman's Club     P.O. Box 54     Lilburn, GA  30048

Friday, October 2, 2015

woman looking at an x-ray of teeth

The Anatomy Of Gingivitis

Knowing how gingivitis affects tooth anatomy can be helpful in better understanding how flossing--and good oral care in general--can remove plaque, which helps stop gingivitis before it starts.
If you looked at a cutaway picture of a healthy tooth, the main components include the gums (also known as gingiva) and the main parts of the tooth, as follows:
  • Root: The root is the multi-pronged bottom of the tooth that extends into the gums and jaw. Gingivitis is an early stage of periodontitis (periodontal or gum disease). In severe cases of gum disease, very infected gums can cause the roots to loosen and allow the tooth to fall out.
  • Pulp: The pulp is the nerve-filled center of the tooth. The pulp is not directly infected in cases of gingivitis, but gum pain may radiate into the nerves in your teeth. Periodiontal or gum disease, however, may impact the pulp, if the pocket extends to the end of the root, known as the apex.
  • Crown: The crown is the top part of the tooth that you see and brush. The crown is covered with tooth enamel, which helps protect teeth above the gum line. However, it's at and around the gum line that plaque can build up. That's why daily flossing is essential to maintaining healthy gums -- it clears away plaque-causing bacteria before buildup occurs.
A picture of gingivitis shows how the gums pull away from the teeth and appear swollen and red. In addition, you would see hard, whitish deposits of tartar along the gum line. A dental hygienist's or dentist's skill is needed to remove the tartar, but you can keep it from accumulating by flossing regularly. If your gums are sensitive, try a product designed for sensitive gums, such as Oral-B® Ultra Floss®, which has a spongy texture that may be easier on tender gums.