General Dentistry Minot, ND

Halloween Safety

General Dentistry Minot, NDThe only thing scary about October 31 should be the ghosts, witches, and occasional Darth Vaders roaming your neighborhood street. Unfortunately, the number one cause of injuries on Halloween falls due to costume hems that are too long, steps, curbs, and unseen objects. Hazardous or allergy-causing candies can also pose a risk to children. Here are some basic ways to ensure you and your child have a safe and Happy Halloween.

Children need adult supervision

If your child is younger than 12, they need an adult to accompany them as they trick or treating. On Halloween, children can get so excited they may forget the usual sense of safety they would normally practice, like looking both ways before crossing the road. When kids are occupied with counting their candy and looking at eye-catching costumes, an adult is needed to make proper decisions about traffic threats and which neighborhoods to visit. If your child is older, make sure you know who they will be with that night and instruct them not to go into strangers’ homes.

Sort your child’s candy

After a long night out knocking door to door, your child will be ready to enjoy the loot. Before they do, sort their candy to make sure there is nothing hazardous or allergy-inducing (if your child has allergies). First, spread the treats out and inspect each piece to ensure it has not been tampered with. If you discover homemade treats, keep them only if they came from close friends or family. If you have very young children, be sure to toss candy that could present a choking hazard.

Take care of your teeth

After a fun-filled night of snacking on sweets, be sure your child brushes and flosses their teeth before going to bed. Sticky candies are particularly bad for teeth because they take longer to dissolve and will stick in crevices without a thorough brushing. As always, be sure you have regularly scheduled dental cleanings to guard against cavities throughout the year. To schedule a dental exam for your child, call Broadway Family Dentistry at 791-839-1299. We look forward to hearing from you!

7 Things Your Dentist Wants You To Know

dental exam and cleaning Minot, NDWith the constant inundation of health information online, it can be difficult to discern truth from the trend. Here are seven important dental facts to help you on your journey to a healthier and brighter smile.

  1. Cavities are caused by more than sugar. Candy is not always to blame for tooth decay. The acidity found in coffee, red wine, soft drinks, and citrus fruits can diminish tooth enamel. This opens the door to tooth decay for people of all ages. Be mindful of your sugar consumption, but remember that other foods also contribute to cavities.
  2. Bleeding when you floss is not normal. If your hands bled when you washed them, you’d probably call your doctor to find out why. For some reason, most people think that bleeding gums are completely normal. Bleeding gums can point to periodontal disease, an infection, or other dental problems. Call or visit your dentist immediately so the problem can be treated.
  3. People always notice your teeth. Studies show that when meeting someone, we notice the eyes first, teeth second, and hair third. Oddly, the American populace spends far more money on hair care than dental wellness.
  4. You need to brush longer. Dentists recommend two minutes of brushing, twice a day. The next time you brush, set a timer to see how long you are brushing. Remember to use light circular motions and switch to a soft bristled tooth brush to avoid recession
  5. Bad breath could be a sign of a larger dental problem. If you deal with persistent bad breath, ask your dentist what can be done. 85% of people with bad breath can attribute it to a more serious issue. A mouth rinse will merely mask the problem, not fix it. While upholding a daily dental regimen for fresh breath is vital, sometimes more help is needed.
  6. Drink more water for a healthier mouth. When we are dehydrated, saliva production is diminished. This environment encourages the growth of destructive bacteria in your mouth, which can lead to cavities. If you sense that your mouth is persistently dry, you may need more than extra water. Contact your dentist to determine the best treatment plan.
  7. Dental problems will not disappear. When your dentist provides you with a treatment plan, do it. For instance, if you wait too long to get that cavity filled, it can become infected and cause more problems to the surrounding tissue.

Reach out to Broadway Family Dentistry today to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning. You can reach us at 701-839-1299. Begin today to accomplish your goal of a more brilliant and healthier smile!