October 30, 2013

LT_Halloween_CostumesForKids_POV370x270Halloween is a popular holiday in our house. It’s not just the young kids that don the costumes but the grown kids and adults too! Last year my wife Kim and I attended a Halloween party as Pebbles and BamBam! And we love the candy! Boy do we love the candy.

If your kids are like mine, they’re going to come home from trick-or-treating with sack-fulls of candy. And who can blame them? But we all know that the sugary candies that come with Halloween can mean tooth decay. A few years ago I celebrated when I saw grocery markets offering options for Halloween treats. Have you seen those mini treat bags of carrots in the produce section?  But let’s face it – no kid wants to come home from a night of trick-or-treating with a bag of vegetables! It only takes a few simple steps for your family to have all the fun of Halloween without compromising your kid’s teeth!

  • Teach your kids moderation. They don’t need to over-indulge to enjoy!
  • Make sure your kids are brushing their teeth at least twice a day.
  • Remind your kids to floss.
  • Remember that sticky, chewy candies can cause the most tooth decay. Limit candies like jelly beans, taffy, candy corn and caramels.
  • When it comes to gum – choose sugar free! Not only do sugar-free chewing gums neutralize the effects of sugary candy – they help combat cavity-causing plaque.

By teaching your s good oral hygiene, Halloween can be a fun and worry-free holiday. Moderation and good oral hygiene practices are key! Have a fun and healthy Halloween!

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August 30, 2013

It’s almost here! The fall season is just around the corner and that means lots of sports activities. mouthuardWhether you are sending your kids off to football practice or playing in your own basketball league, don’t forget to protect your smile. Just think what you would look like with a missing front tooth!  Not to mention the inconvenience and cost of repair.

A properly fitted mouthguard, or mouth protector, is an important piece of athletic equipment that is often forgotten or overlooked. Mouthguards protect injuries not only to the teeth but to the lips, tongue and jaw. They cushion any impact and may even reduce the severity of concussions.

You’ve probably seen them worn in heavy contact sports like football and hockey, but studies in sports dentistry have shown that mouthguards protect athletes even in non-contact sports. Many experts recommend that everyone – from children to adults – wear a mouthguard during any recreational activity that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth.

Here is a helpful article from the American Dental Association that offers tips to keeping your smile safe:  http://www.ada.org/sections/scienceAndResearch/pdfs/patient_40.pdf

So be sure to protect your kids and yourself from serious mouth injuries and look into wearing a mouthguard and keeping that smile beautiful!

I’ll be cheering the Razorbacks on this Saturday in their season opener and wishing you lots of fun and safety in all your fall activities.

GO HOGS!

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