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Month: October 2018

Your Dental Health: Surviving the Sweet Season

The sweet season is upon us! From late October through December, Americans are bombarded with more sugary treats at a sustained rate than at any other time of the year. In February, Valentine’s Day comes and goes with its’ sweet candy temptations quickly. In the spring, Easter baskets are filled many times with chocolate and other candies, but the holiday doesn’t last long. The biggest holiday for candy distribution in the United States is unquestionably Halloween in October. Americans spend about $2 billion on Halloween treats. As soon as Halloween comes and goes, Thanksgiving comes along with an assortment of pies, and who hasn’t given in to the temptation of festive Christmas cookies? For at least two months of the year, sugar is all around us and attempting an all-out assault on our dental health.

Take it from your trusted dentist, you can save your teeth and gums from harm this sweet season by following a few simple guidelines for you and your family. Good dental health starts with advice you have already heard many times from your dentist – brush your teeth twice daily and floss your teeth everyday. Keep up with your regularly scheduled dental appointments and cleanings. These appointments will help to keep your teeth and gums healthier than just simply brushing and flossing.

For at least the next couple of months, avoid drinking sugary drinks. It is common sense that the more sugar you consume, the more risk there is for tooth decay. If you know that you are going to eat more sugar than you normally would during the holiday season, offset that sugar by not drinking sugary drinks.

The best way to prevent tooth decay from sugar intake is to significantly limit your sugar intake. The next best way is to eat the sugar during meal times when the saliva in your mouth naturally increases and can help to wash the sugar away. Another way to wash away the sugar by increasing saliva production is to chew sugarless gum for a few minutes after consuming sugar.

Your dentist would prefer that you simply did not eat as much sugar in order to protect your teeth and gums. Share some of those Christmas cookies with others, limit the pie options this Thanksgiving, and if you find yourself with a lot of candy this Halloween, consider donating to a local business or organization that will send excess candy overseas to deployed soldiers.

In the war for your dental health, you can win with excellent self-care and the help of the dental professionals at New Beginnings Dental Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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Tips For A Successful Trip To The Dentist

Popular dental guidelines for years now have suggested that healthy children and adults benefit the most from twice a year visits to their general dentist. The American Dental Association recommends that patients lean on their dentists’ discretion on the frequency of visits simply because each person is different and may have different dental care needs. While aging adults may need to be more vigilant about the health of their gums, children need to be closely monitored for cavities and tooth development issues.

Regardless of the age of the patient, these are some suggestions that have been proven to help out with general dentist anxiety and encourage a smooth dental visit:

Do not come to the dentist hungry. What we have found at New Beginnings Dental Center, especially in our child patients, is that if a patient has not eaten before they come to see us then they are more likely to be uncomfortable or irritable. There may be situations in which your dentist will ask you not to eat before coming in, but they will let you know if that is the case.
Speaking of comfortable, when possible we find that dental visits go better when the patient is dressed comfortably. Seems like such a small factor, but it can really make a difference, particularly if the dental visit ends up lasting longer than the patient was expecting it to.
Timing is everything. If the patient is very young, a general dental visit scheduled during nap time is not a good idea. Likewise, if the patient is an adult they need to be sure that they do not schedule a general dentist appointment on a day filled with a lot of activity or short timeframes. Giving yourself as much time as you can for your dental visit is best, even if it is just a routine dental cleaning.
Calm your nerves. Going to the dentist can cause anxiety in people of all ages. At New Beginnings Dental Center, we want you to be at peace when you see us. We certainly do not mean for you to be nervous. We are here for you and your oral health. Some ways to calm the nerves of adults and children when coming in for a general dentist appointment are to listen to a favorite type of music, read a calming book, meditate, breathe deeply, and repeat positive words of encouragement. We promise you will be okay.

If it has been a while since you have seen a dentist, we want to encourage you to give New Beginnings Dental Center a call today at (910) 483-0409.

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