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Happy Halloween!

October 7th, 2019

Pumpkins, costumes and bags of candy – these are the thoughts that come to mind in regard to Halloween. When it comes to your oral health, though, the sugar present in the multitude of candy selections can lead to some serious problems. Thankfully, your local dentist has 5 simple tips to help you avoid any unwanted oral health issues. Find out what they are as you read on!

Sugar – The Main Problem

The biggest challenge of Halloween night as it relates to your dental health is the presence of sugar in everything you consume. Sugar is the main food of choice for bacteria, and when it’s present, the harmful organisms flock to it and cling to your teeth and along the gum-line. Then they release acids that can eventually bore tiny holes called cavities into your enamel (the hard, outer part of your teeth).

But with the help of Dr. Stiteler, Dr. Detwiler, and Dr. Danielle, you’ll have a plan of action to better manage the night.

Tip #1 – Choose the Right Time to Snack

One way to reduce the harmful effects of sugar consumption is to eat your candy along with a normal meal. When you eat, there is more saliva production, which helps to bathe your teeth and flush away the leftover particles.

Tip #2 – Choose the Right Candy

Your dentist says all candies aren’t the same. So to encourage better oral health, choose the types that are made from dark chocolate for the following two reasons:

  • Chocolate is less likely to stick to your teeth.
  • Dark chocolate candies will typically contain less sugar.

Tip #3 – Water, Water, Water!

Not only is water vital for your survival, but it also helps to flush any remaining particles from the sweets you consume. If you desire even more protection, you can choose a brand of water that is fluoridated.

Tip #4 – Brush Your Teeth

If possible, brush your teeth immediately after eating any sweets. This will help to eliminate any threats to your oral health before they imbed in your enamel. It’s also very important to brush before retiring for bed to lessen the bacteria accumulation while you sleep.

Tip #5 – Visit Your Dentist

A final tip for protecting your teeth during Halloween is to schedule a preventive care visit with your dentist to receive a cleaning and examination. This proactive approach to your oral health will ensure that your Halloween candy enjoyment won’t have lasting effects on your mouth, teeth and gums.

To prevent the growth of monstrous bacteria and ghoulish plaque, contact Beautiful Smiles today!


Back to School!

September 5th, 2019


According to the American Dental Association, a dental examination is as important as immunizations and booster shots and should be a regular part of back-to-school preparations. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that tooth decay affects U.S. children more than any other chronic infectious disease and 19 percent of children ages 2 to 19 years old have untreated tooth decay. Dental pain or disease can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking, playing and learning as well as millions of hours of missed school.

Your child's back-to-school checklist should include:

  • Regular dental examinations to diagnose and treat or prevent dental problems. Parents and teachers may not realize there's a dental problem, so regular checkups are important. Your dentist may suggest fluoride treatments or sealants to prevent decay and can diagnose and treat dental problems to save your child pain and lost school time.
  • Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing. Head for the dental care aisle when you're out shopping for notebooks, binders and pencils. If parents buy several toothbrushes they could have their child change to a new one every three months or so, or after an illness. If it's hard to remember when to change a brush, you could try to change it every time report cards come out. Ask your dentist for a recommendation on how often to change toothbrushes.
  • Eating healthy lunches and snacks. Include portable healthy lunch items and snacks in your child's sack lunch, including grains, milk, cheese, raw vegetables, yogurt or fruit. If your child eats in the school cafeteria, review healthy, balanced food choices with him before the first day of school. Cut back on sugary foods and soft drinks.
  • Wearing a properly fitted mouthguard while participating in organized sports, PE classes or playground activities.

Did You Know?!

August 1st, 2019

Did you know that Tooth Fairies come in many different forms in Europe, as well as their traditions? Here are some examples...


In Spain, do not expect a kind fairy to come at night and replace lost tooth while you are asleep:  this role has been given to a nice mouse instead, whose full name is Ratoncito Pérez. Among all European countries, Spaniards are almost the only ones to actually give a name to their Tooth creature ! Ratoncito Pérez first appeared in “Cuentos, oraciones, adivinanzas y refranes populares” (1877), as the husband of “La Ratita Presumida” (The Vain Little Mouse). This character later inspired Luis Coloma, who made him part of the Spanish traditional folklore by turning him into a sort of Tooth Fairy… A true celebrity!


France as well has its little mouse ! The most likely origin of the Petite Souris comes from a French tale of the seventeenth century by Madame d’Aulnoy: La Bonne Petite Souris. It tells the story of a fairy that turns into a mouse to help a queen defeat an evil king, hiding under the pillow of the king and making him drop all his teeth. As it is so often the case, the tiny French mouse will procure teeth left under pillows, replacing them with either cash or sweets…


In Ireland, the Tooth fairy is sometimes known as Anna Bogle, who appeared in a recent fairy tale. Anna Bogle is a mischievous young leprechaun girl who was playing in the forest one day and, to her dismay, knocks out a front tooth! She thinks she is ugly and tries everything she can think of to put it back, until she has an idea…to get a human child’s tooth to put in its place. But leprechauns are not creatures who steal, so Anna leaves a piece of leprechaun gold behind for the child whose tooth she takes…


In Norway, children drop their tooth in a glass of water on their nightstand. It is much easier for Tannfe, the Norwegian Tooth Fairy, to find the tooth in clear water than in opaque pillows—her eyes are so very old and tired. In the morning, sunk in the bottom of the glass, children will find a silver coin. Interestingly, the tradition of the Tooth Fairy may come originally from Norway. The character is first recorded in writings as early as the Eddas, which are the earliest written record of Norse and Northern European traditions. The Old Norse term “tannfé meant initially a present given as a reward to a baby for its first tooth – not a fairy. 


What a funny tradition! Bulgarian children simply throw their tooth on the roof of their house. And when they throw the tooth, they say: “На ти Вранке костен зъб, дай ми железен” which means “Great Raven, I give you my bone tooth, give me an iron tooth!” Throwing up the tooth is actually a symbol of walking up, progress, good future and prosperity… ¨Give me an iron tooth¨ means here that the children wish not to have problems with his/her new tooth, that it shall be strong like iron. But children’s in Bulgaria are not given money or candy in exchange… What a selfish raven!

Happy 4th of July!

July 1st, 2019

Holidays are often the stressful times for our health and especially our teeth.  We tend to feel free to temporarily forget the careful health guidelines and routines we’ve set up for our families.  And why not?  It’s OK to relax and take a break once in a while, especially on holidays like July 4th when we are already celebrating our freedom!

But you don’t have to totally abandon care for your teeth in order to have a good time.  Here are three great ideas to keep you smiling this July 4th weekend.

Eat this not that.

While it can be tempting to go for chips or candy to snack on, try choosing options that are both fun and healthy.  The patriotic parfait pictured is made with plain Greek yogurt which is a dental super food.  And the berries provide just the right amount of sweetness to tame the celebration sweet tooth.  Getting kids involved in making these treats is a sure-fire way to get them excited about eating healthy and can be a great activity to keep little hands busy.

Don’t forget the water (for more reasons than you think).

July 4th often means plenty of time spent outside, whether that’s watching fireworks or enjoying a family kickball game.  Choose water as your number one cooler choice.  It’s better for teeth than sodas and sports drinks and it helps keep you hydrated.  Even more, when you’re out on a picnic and a toothbrush isn’t available, a quick rinse with water after meals can be the next best thing.  Water helps rinse away food particles trapped in teeth and limits the growth of bacteria.

Traveling? Give everyone their own “tooth-care bag”.

Just because you’re away from home doesn’t mean that you have to neglect your family’s brushing routine.  Be sure to pack everyone’s toothbrush, toothpaste and floss.  A great way to get small kids excited about brushing while on vacation is to create their very own “tooth-care bag”.  Purchase a fun new toothbrush along with travel-sized toothpaste and floss and use a zippered pencil pouch for each child.  Children also enjoy using craft supplies to decorate their own tooth kit.  You may be surprised when you find them excited and looking forward to brushing time.