Dr. Jennifer Vitarelli

7 Tips to Protect Your Children’s Teeth on Halloween

Holloween is just around the corner and for most kids, it means free bags of Halloween candy and a way to stockpile on candies for the entire winter. For parents, it also brings the fear that their children will suffer from various oral problems. 

Although it is completely fine for the kids to eat candy on Holloween, there should be a solid plan in place so you can control when and how much they are eating it. 

Here are some tips to help you set a plan and an oral hygiene routine to protect your children’s teeth on Halloween.

Limit the Use of Candy

  • Snacking too much on sugary stuff can easily increase the risk of cavities, and if your children are eating candy all day, the risk is tripled. You need to limit the use of candy on a daily basis.

Set a plan where you allow your kids to eat candy only at certain times. For example, limit candy consumption before going to bed.

  • You can even go for sugar-free sweet snacks. These snacks are not as bad as sugary snacks for oral health. 

Avoid Sticky Stuff

  • Candies pose a significant threat to teeth health, but if they are sticky in nature, the risks are doubled. The stickier the candy is, the harder it is to get rid of the mouth of food particles. Moreover, the saliva cannot wash away sticky candy as easily as it would on other types of sugary snacks.

If you see your children snacking too much on sticky candies like caramel chocolates, taffy, or gummy bears, try to tell them why it is important to avoid them.

Drink a Lot of Water

  • Most neighborhoods in the U.S get fluoridated water supply. Water that is rich in fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. Make sure your children are drinking plenty of fluoridated water. 

If you do not drink tap water at home, choose bottled water that is fluoridated. 

Avoid Soda and other Sweet Beverages

  • Flavored drinks, soda, and sports drinks all have a lot of sugar in them. When the children’s teeth come in contact with drinks that contain a high content of sugar, the risk of tooth decay is significantly increased.

Combined with candy, the risk is tripled and by the end of the holiday, your children may have already developed oral problems.

Brush Teeth Every Day

  • This is important for you and your family throughout the year. During Halloween, you must make sure your children are not skipping on brushing their teeth. Invest in a fluoride toothpaste and have them brush their teeth twice a day.

It is very important to brush the teeth if sticky candy is involved. Brush once in the morning, and once before going to bed. Change the toothbrush after every three months to make sure that the bristles have not frayed.

Timing is Critical

  • Eating Halloween candy with other sugary food or beverages is a bad idea. Ensure that children are eating candy only after their meals because when you finish a meal, the saliva production is high. 

This will help the mouth wash down any excess candy and it will also prevent tooth damaging bacteria from forming in the mouth. If sticky candy is involved, make your kids brush their teeth immediately after to prevent cavities. 

Visit the Dentist

  • Regular visits to the dentist are very important for healthy teeth. If your children haven’t been to a pediatric dentist in the past six months, make sure you visit a dentist before Halloween.

A child may already have plaque and other dental situations that a dentist can fix before Halloween begins. If these problems are not fixed before Halloween begins, the candy could accelerate the process and tooth decay may be apparent. Don’t ruin the Halloween experience for you and your kids and visit the dentist today. 

Vitarelli Dental is always welcoming parents and children alike. We strive hard to make sure you and your family’s dental health is looked after. We may even give you a plan to help you stay away from common oral problems during Halloween. 

Why You Should Get Dental Implants – What to Know

Losing a tooth can pose a huge problem for any person no matter how old they are. Missing even one of their pearly whites can greatly affect their self-esteem, speech, oral health, and ability to chew. However, while losing a tooth might seem like the end of the world, there’s actually one thing that can make one’s smile good as new: dental implants.  

Dental implants can make a huge impact on your life, especially when a bright, toothy smile is one of your defining traits. Unlike other alternatives (such as removable dentures), dental implants feel and work just like natural teeth, making them the perfect option in case disaster strikes and you lose a tooth.  

However, before going for a dental implant or any other replacement teeth option, there are several things that you should know: 

Dental Implants have many benefits
Dental Implants have many benefits

The Versatile Nature of Dental Implants

Compared to standard bridge treatments and dentures that only restore a certain portion of a broken tooth, dental implants go the extra mile. They can replace missing roots, which allows for a level of stimulation in the jawbone that’s strikingly akin to what natural teeth can provide.  

Also, aside from looking great and feeling even better, dental implants can help preserve copious amounts of healthy gum tissue, which results in the reduction of potential bone degradation. Thanks to the more modern procedures used in installing dental implants, they can easily be fused with the jawbone to stimulate normal functions as much. They can also be restored aesthetically with bridges, crowns, and dentures.

Implants Protect Your Other Healthy Teeth

Losing a tooth due to periodontal disease or any other reason is devastating. To replace the missing tooth, the most widely used teeth replacement option is a dental bridge. But this method often involves cutting some parts of the adjacent teeth to make sure that the dentures sit comfortably.  

The procedure is also painful for some and may require pain medications under a treatment plan. However, thanks to dental implants, dentists are now able to position a crown or a bridge on the implant. This means that your other healthy teeth will never need to suffer. 

Dental Implants Improve your Facial Features

Dental Implants are installed in such a way that they tend to preserve bone and significantly reduce bone resorption. Dental Implants make sure that all of your teeth stay healthy by leaving them alone. The implants are strong enough to stay in place on the jawbone. When bone resorption and deterioration is reduced, it results in better jawbone height. 

Implants also help restore your jawbone structure by reducing the load on oral structures and help preserve natural tooth tissue.

Dental Implants Help Improve Dental Function

With the seamless integration of dental implants, performing regular daily functions that heavily involve the use of the mouth can be made much easier compared to other methods. By adding a fully-functional replacement, dental implants can make things such as eating, speaking, and chewing feels the way they should even if tooth or teeth are missing.

Implants Last Longer Than Anything Else

Typically, the standard tooth replacement option will last anywhere from seven to 20 years. In all honesty, that makes such options quite inferior compared to the lifetime guarantee of a dental implant. With the right amount of care and maintenance, a dental implant can last for the rest of your life without needing any kind of drastic overhaul. It is a long term solution that provides that makes dental care and good oral hygiene possible. 

Every Type of Dental Implant Looks Just like the Real Thing

One of the biggest concerns people have when asking their dentist about tooth replacement solutions is that the common alternatives tend to look quite fake (or even cartoonish). However, every type of implant looks natural simply because the construction of every kind and variation mimics a tooth’s natural roots in order to provide a really lifelike and true-to-spec finish.  

Extra details, such as an additional enamel coating, extra coloring, and other details help make a tooth replacement function on the same level as the rest of the teeth in a wearer’s mouth. When you smile with a dental implant, your smile will look far more natural than anything else. That’s the whole point of getting one.

High Success Rate

Thanks to modern implant dentistry, the success rate of dental implants is up to 95%. The surgical procedure used to place an implant at Vitarelli dental is actually quite minor and routine work. In most cases, the procedure requires only local anesthesia. 

After a short healing period, the implant is topped with a lifelike crown to support the implant. This crown is made by matching your existing natural teeth.

Need More Advice?

We understand getting dental implants is a tough decision to make, that is why at Vitarelli Dental we are eager to answer all your questions so you can make an informed decision. You can request an appointment online or walk to our dentist offices in Madison or Saddle River.

What to Expect – Dental Visits

What Happens During a Dental Visit?

Firstly, it is important to look for a dentist that will make you feel comfortable. Once you’ve found a dentist you like, your next step is to schedule for a check-up before a dental issue occurs.

When you visit a dentist for the first time, they will collect your health history. On future appointments, if your health status has changed make sure to tell them specifically what has changed, so that they can evaluate you again if needed.

Most dental appointments are having a checkup. Regular checkups (ideally every six months), helps your teeth stay cleaner, stronger and prevents painful problems from occurring.

 

A thorough cleaning

A complete cleansing is always included in a checkup, either from your dentist or a dental hygienist. Using special instruments, a dental hygienist will scrape below the gum line, removing built-up plaque and tartar that causes gum disease, cavities, and bad breath. Your dentist or hygienist may also floss and make your teeth shine!

 

A full examination

Your dentist will undergo a complete examination of your teeth, gums and mouth to look for signs of disease or other emerging issues. They will aim to help maintain your good oral health, and to avoid problems before they become serious.

 

X-rays

Depending on your age, there are chances that potential diseases and symptoms will come up on your routine checkup, your dentist may recommend X-rays. X-rays can determine problems such as damage to jawbones, impacted teeth, abscesses, cysts, tumors, and decay between the teeth. A high-tech dental clinic that uses machines will release no radiation. For assurance, you should always wear a lead apron when having an X-ray. If you are pregnant, tell your dentist, as X-rays should only be performed in an emergency situation.

Your dentist may request for a panoramic x-ray, or panorex. This type of film gives a complete view of your upper and lower jaw in a single picture, this helps the dentist examine your entire mouth and see where the issues specifically are.

 

How Long Should I Visit?

If your teeth and gums are in good condition, you don’t need to return for three to six months. If additional treatments are required, as an example, to treat a cavity, remove a wisdom tooth, or repair a broken crown, you should make an appointment before leaving the office. Don’t forget to ask your dentist any questions, this is your opportunity to get knowledge on your dental hygiene.

New Things For 2018

We want to welcome you to our new website! We currently have two locations in Saddle River & Madison New Jersey.

As Dr. Vitarelli has taking over new ownership of Saddle River Dental Care it is sure to be an exciting year for everyone!

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