Month: April 2013

How can I best protect my teeth when I do eat candy, even though it’s not good for my teeth?

Let’s be honest:  most people are not going to COMPLETELY cut candy out of their diet, although that would be ideal.  A good rule of thumb to follow in the event that you do eat some candy is that it isn’t HOW MUCH candy you eat, but HOW LONG the sugar is in your mouth that really determines how likely you are to form cavities.  The longer the bacteria in your mouth has access to […]

What types of candy are worst for my teeth?

In general, the sucrose (sugar) in the candy is what the bacteria in your mouth digest and turn into acid which causes the cavities in your teeth.  Candies that are sticky are more likely to be retained on the teeth throughout the day, which provides the bacteria with more time to make the acid and make cavities more easily.  Candies that are sour are more acidic, which speeds along the process that the bacteria are […]

How old should my child be when I take them to the dentist for the first time?

The American Dental Association recommends taking your child to the dentist for the first time at or around their 1st birthday.  At this visit, the dentist will check to see if there are any abnormalities with the development with the teeth or oral soft tissue (gums, cheeks, tongue, etc.)  The dentist can also answer any questions that you might have about taking care of your child’s mouth.  The visit will likely be very short, and […]

Should I brush my tongue?

The answer to that question is a resounding YES.  You should use a toothbrush to clean the top of your tongue as far back as you can reach without gagging.  You should do this every day.  Due to the small crevices on the tongue’s surface, it can be a trap for bacteria and food particles.  Among other issues, this can lead to bad breath, which nobody wants.

May Monthly Raffle

Our Monthly Raffle winner for April will be enjoying a nice dinner out at JaK’s Steakhouse.  This month, just in time for Mother’s Day, you can win a $75 Gift Certificate to Bee’s Florist, right here in Covington.  Be sure drop your name in the bowl at your next visit!