Taking a ‘Peeps’ at Your Easter Basket

Easter is around the corner, which means that you’ll probably be tempted by some sweet snacks – it is Peeps season, after all! But it’s important to know that even though some popular Easter candies are delicious, they can wreak havoc on your teeth. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common Eastertime treats – which to avoid and which are OK to indulge in a little bit.

Good-for-You Treats

Fruits

Fruits like apples, strawberries and peaches are chock full of sugar, but indulging with some fruit won’t rot your teeth – as long as you remember to brush afterwards. If you have a loose tooth or are prone to chipping your teeth, slice your apple into bite-size pieces before you dive in. And as for the peaches, just remember that the meat of the fruit is nice and soft, but the pit will chip your front teeth if you accidentally bite into it!

Gum

Chewing gum is another common practice, and according to Colgate, it can actually be good for your teeth! As you chew on sugar-free gum, you’re helping to fight cavities. The gum works to remove food particles from the surface of your teeth and also causes your mouth to produce bacteria-killing saliva. So, this Easter, if you spot a pack of sugar-free gum in your basket, help yourself! But as always, don’t overdo it – gum that’s too hard or too sweet can have the opposite effect.

Nuts

If you happen to receive a gift basket or two at Easter time, chances are there will be some yummy nuts included. Nuts like almonds and cashews are full of fiber and vitamins, which can help keep your teeth strong and nourished. Just avoid the candied nuts – those can get stuck in your teeth and allow bacteria to grow and plaque to form!

Treats to Avoid

Sticky Candies

Sticky candies like Tootsie Rolls and Jolly Ranchers may be favorites, but they can wreak havoc on your teeth, so avoid them if you can. They can stick in the crevices of your teeth and allow cavities to form if you don’t clean your teeth properly after eating them. Skip the sticky sweets and keep your teeth in good shape.

Dry Fruits

Even though you’ll be munching on some nuts this Easter, stay away from the dried fruits that often come with them. Dried apricots, raisins and other fruits are tasty, but they are also sticky and sugary. Yep, you guessed it – that means they can also get stuck in your teeth. Noticing a pattern?

Lollipops

Lollipops, suckers and other hard candies should be avoided, too. The longer you suck or chew on something like a lollipop, the longer your teeth are exposed to harmful sugars. You’re basically allowing your mouth to serve as a sugar bathtub, creating the optimal environment for bacteria growth. If you must indulge, be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterwards and brush your teeth, as well.

This Easter, think about the Easter Bunny and his big, bright buck teeth. It’s not just the carrots that help him keep his teeth looking white and clean – it’s good dental habits! Make sure you and your family take care of your teeth and you’ll have a healthy and happy Easter season.

If you are interested in learning more or need to schedule a dental appointment, please call Norman Dental today at 336-282-2120.

Foods to Avoid at Your Valentine’s Day Dinner

Valentine's Day DinnerA date on Valentine’s Day, whether it’s with someone you’ve been with for a long time or a new love interest, can be a little awkward. There’s tons of pressure for the night to go perfectly, so probably the last thing on your mind is how your dinner choices could affect not only your teeth, but also your breath – all the more important on Valentine’s Day! Not to worry: at Norman Dental, we’ve put together a few recommendations to not only help your date go smoothly, but to protect your pearly whites at the same time!

Hard Candies and Cracked Teeth

One item that you should avoid eating before your date is Valentine’s Day candy. Not only are the sugars and food colors bad for our teeth, but they also tend to give us really bad breath as the sugar serves as fuel for bad-breath bacteria! Stay away from hard candies, especially. While those little candy hearts may be the candy that everyone associates with the holiday, the American Dental Association says to avoid them because the hard chalky treat could actually cause dental emergencies like cracked or broken teeth – not how you want to end your date!

Red Meat and Bad Breath

Men’s Health reports that one of the leading causes of bad breath is red meat. Eating that big, juicy steak is a treat for your palate, but it can also lead to bad bacteria building up in your teeth and gums. This Valentine’s Day, skip the steak entrée and choose something lighter or a vegetarian option instead. Foods like spinach, which is liable to get stuck in your teeth, is actually really good for you. Just make sure you swallow the whole bite before you start talking – your date will thank you later.

Alcohol Consumption and Saliva

The ADA also says on a regular day to avoid drinking too much alcohol, and that’s especially true while on your Valentine’s Day date. High levels of alcohol consumption over time can lead to decreased saliva, which can make your mouth a breeding ground for bad bacteria and could even cause infection. So keep it classy and only have a glass of wine or two – preferably a white. That way you won’t have to worry about stains from the dark red wine.

If you want to come in for a cleaning to make sure your teeth are in tip top shape before your Valentine’s Day date, call us at Norman Dental today at 336-282-2120 and schedule an appointment!

Holiday Reminders from Norman Dental!!

Just Some Reminders…

 

The year has flown by, and the holidays will be here before we know it!  With our schedules changing due to get-together’s, family coming into town, or work outings, we wanted to mention a few things that tend to get neglected this time of year!

 

Don’t forget to brush!  Sometimes with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to fall into bed before doing your oral hygiene regimen at night!  We get so exhausted, it’s easy to forget.  Try to continue your brushing and flossing habit throughout the holidays, even if you’re getting to bed later, have company at your house, or travelling more.

 

 

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There have been speculations that cranberries have properties that help prevent tooth decay.  As it has been shown that the pigmentation in cranberries help prevent plaque formation on your teeth, which in turn helps prevent cavities, just keep in mind that cranberries are acidic and cranberry juice is typically full of sugar—both of which can tend to cause tooth decay!  So again, remember your brushing and flossing techniques after having cranberries, or juice.

 

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Keep your regular dental visits!  During the holidays, we tend to ignore our diets a bit—eat more desserts, have a nightcap with friends or family—so it’s crucial to remain on your routine dental visits.

 

With the holidays approaching, it’s always good to have reminders, even for the simple things!