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Halloween Tricks to Avoid Too Many Treats

Halloween seems to usher in mountains of candy at every turn. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to avoid candy overload this season. Not only will these tips help you and your family feel better, but you’ll still be able to enjoy the occasional Halloween treat.

Don’t forget about dinner

On Halloween, make sure the kids don’t leave for their trick or treating adventures before eating a protein and fiber packed meal. This can be quick turkey sandwiches on whole grain bread, hearty finger foods like whole grain chips and hummus, or a tasty pot of homemade chili. Whatever you choose, just make sure the kids eat well before they head out the door. This will help them avoid constant snacking on their candy throughout the evening.

Wait until the last minute to buy candy

Halloween is a month long celebration of all things scary, but the actual day for trick or treating doesn’t arrive until the end of the month. Instead of stocking up on Halloween candy in preparation for handing out goodies on Halloween, just wait until the week of. This way, you won’t have tempting stashes of candy in your house to snack on all day.

Mix it up

When you do purchase your candy for the ghouls and ghosts that will come trick or treating to your door, opt for healthier and more exciting options. Instead of strictly candy, get fruit leather, bubbles, small toys, mini Play-Doh containers, tattoos, glow sticks and more. Keep in mind that most of the excitement children have on Halloween is connected to the act of collecting the candy, not actually eating all of it.

Join your kids

Instead of driving your kids around as they trick or treat, join them for the walk. Wear a pedometer to track how far you’ve walked and make it into a game to try and get more steps in. Plus, you can enjoy the experience of stopping at houses with your kids!

Arrange a consultation

If it has been some time since your last dental exam, don’t hesitate to call Broadway Family Dentistry today. You can reach our friendly staff by calling 701-839-1299.

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The Truth About Cavities

There is a lot of misinformation out there (and online) about anything you can imagine. This includes your dental health. Let’s address some common misconceptions and truths about what causes cavities and what you can do to prevent them.

Cavities aren’t just for children

Sugary drinks, genetics, and inadequate dental habits can lead to cavities at any age. Even certain medications can dry out the mouth, preventing saliva from acting as a buffer between your teeth and acids. These acids can lead to cavity development. The trick is to pay attention to what you’re eating and how often you brush and floss. Remember, it is your responsibility to brush twice a day, floss, and rinse. Regular dental cleanings are integral to maintaining a healthy mouth, but you need to do your part as well.

A filled tooth can still get a cavity

Fillings can last a decade or longer. In rears cases, that filling can break down causing tooth decay around the edges.

If you don’t fix a cavity now, it’ll get worse

One of the primary reasons for regular dental checkups is so your dentist can check for cavities. Sometimes you can determine if you have one on your own, but for the teeth in the back of your mouth it is nearly impossible to tell. At a dental cleaning, X-rays and photographs are taken in part to look for signs of tooth decay and to treat it immediately. If left untreated, you may have to get a root canal or tooth removal down the road.

Brown spots aren’t always cavities

In many cases the decay process may have begun, then stopped. This typically happens when the tooth enamel hardens up once more, resulting in a discolored look.

You can’t reverse tooth decay

The enamel on the tooth surface can be remineralized and decay can be slowed down, but once bacteria breaks through the enamel, there’s no going back. You can’t brush a cavity away. Instead, you need to get it fixed in the from of a filling or other methods depending on what stage the cavity is at.

Arrange a consultation

To arrange your next dental cleaning, call Broadway Family Dentistry at (701) 839-1299 at our office in Minot, North Dakota. We look forward to serving you!

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The case for Professional Dental Cleanings

If I have healthy teeth and gums, why do I need to have regular dental cleanings? It’s an excellent question and one that has an important answer. We all require regular dental cleanings to ensure that painful and costly dental problems never develop. Dental cleanings allow a professional to assess and clean your teeth while providing you with important information about how to tweak your at home dental routine so you can maintain proper dental health. Depending on your specific situation and the health of your teeth, the regularity of your dental cleanings will vary. It is wise to get a dental cleaning and exam one to two times per year. During this crucial exam, the following will take place:

A full dental cleaning

When you arrive at the dental office, a hygienist will clean your teeth. First, they will use a small metal tool to scrape off mineral buildup (tartar). Next, your teeth will be flossed. Ask for a mirror to see how your hygienist flosses your teeth so you can implement any changes into your at home dental routine. Keep in mind that your hygienist and dentist are there to answer any and all of your dental care questions and are eager to help you. After flossing, the hygienist will polish your teeth using a special compound. Fluoride may then by applied to your teeth.

X-rays

Depending on your dental needs and the last time you had X-rays done, you may need new X-rays. X-rays will help your dental professional assess your bite and check the health of the teeth below the gum line, among other things. For your X-rays, the technician will have you put on a special apron that will protect you from X-rays. If you are pregnant, notify your technician to hold off on X-rays.

The dentist visit

At some point, your dentist will come into the room to examine your teeth and ask you questions about your dental health. This is an excellent time to share any dental concerns or questions you have.

Schedule your dental cleaning

To maintain proper dental health, schedule your dental cleaning today. You can reach our office located in Minot, North Dakota by calling (701) 839-1299.

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Halloween Safety

The 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!

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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!