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31Oct

Every year, around this time, our homes are flooded with candy and sweet treats. If you’re one of the many people who find that you’re snacking on candy more frequently lately, then this article is for you. Our Glendale dentists are here with some tips on how you can care for your smile this Halloween season.

The first thing to do is to make sure that you’re following your dentist’s instructions when it comes to both at-home and professional dental care. Oral hygiene care is designed to clear away harmful plaque on your smile, and to help your dental enamel re-mineralize and stay strong.

Beyond this, it’s obviously a good idea to limit the amount of candy that you consume. Consider donating some of your Halloween treats to organizations that collect treats for troops stationed overseas in order to get the candy out of your house.

When you do indulge in candy, you want to do so in short period of time, rather than eating candy continuously throughout the day. This is because harmful oral bacteria in your mouth stay active, and feeding on the sugars in your mouth, for about 20 to 30 minutes after you finish eating. As you can see, if you eat candy over a long period of time, this gives the bacteria in your mouth ample time to damage your smile.

It may be helpful for you to get into the habit of drinking water or rinsing your smile with water after you eat candy. This simple action helps to rinse away bacteria/sugar, and to stimulate saliva production. Saliva is your body’s natural way of re-mineralizing enamel and neutralizing bacteria.

Now is the time to make a plan on how to care for your smile this Halloween. As always, our Glendale dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have, and to provide you with the high-quality dental care you need to stay well.

17Oct

Tis the season for candy and sweet treats to “magically” appear in our homes! Our Glendale dentists strongly encourage you to take steps now to manage candy consumption this Halloween. Remember, sugary treats can wreak havoc on your smile! Keep reading to get Halloween dental hygiene tips from our team…

Keeping candy in the house

When your trick or treaters come home on Halloween, they’ll likely have an impressive stash of candy with them. One of the best things that you can do for your smile is to clear out some of this candy ASAP. Consider donating sweets to organizations that are sending Halloween candy to troops overseas. You can also store some away in cabinets: remember, out of sight, out of mind!

Consider how/when to consume candy

When you do indulge and treat yourself to some candy, try to do so in a short period of time. Here’s the thing, oral bacteria continue to feed on the sugars in your mouth for about 20 to 30 minutes after you eat or drink. So, if you snack on candy throughout the day, the oral bacteria are active for a longer period of time than if you eat candy in a time-limited way.

Chew responsibly

Be careful not to chomp on hard candies and mints, as this can actually damage your dental enamel over time. When you chew on hard candies, your enamel can develop small cracks and chips, which may be imperceptible to the naked eye. Nevertheless, these weak spots accumulate bacteria and leave your tooth susceptible to further damage.

As always, our Glendale dentists are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Give our team a call to learn more and to schedule your personal consultation! And remember, do your smile a favor and indulge responsibly this Halloween season!

03Oct

Perfecting your dental alignment can improve your smile in a number of ways. Obviously a straight and seamless smile looks attractive. However, optimal dental alignment can also improve how your smile functions, helping you to minimize your risk of suffering from TMJ problems and premature dental wear and tear. Additionally, it is generally much easier to clean straight smiles compared to crooked and crowded teeth.

Our Glendale cosmetic dentists are here to help our patients achieve properly aligned smiles comfortably and conveniently. Invisalign is an indispensable tool when it comes to perfecting dental alignment. Keep reading to learn more about how Invisalign works, and why this treatment is so popular among patients of all ages.

Discreet

The number one reason that cosmetic patients love Invisalign is because the Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic resin. Consequently, when these aligners are in place, they practically disappear, and they allow your natural teeth to show through.

Comfort

Because Invisalign aligners are completely metal-free, they do not cut and irritate oral tissues as metal brackets and wires often do.

Hygiene

During Invisalign treatment, you’ll be able to brush and floss your smile normally. You’ll actually take your aligners out whenever you eat or drink anything other than water, and when it’s time to clean your smile. This allows you to avoid the dreaded plaque and tartar build-up associated with metal brackets and wires.

Ease of Use

As you go through Invisalign treatment you’ll be able to keep up with your normal routine and activities. If, for example, you play an instrument that has a mouthpiece, you won’t have to change your technique while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Likewise, patients who play contact sports will be able to easily and comfortably wear their protective mouth gear.

If you have been considering improving your smile with Invisalign, our Glendale Invisalign dentists are here to give you all of the information and support that you need to move forward. Give us a call to learn more and to schedule your personal consultation!