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By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
October 05, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Regular Cleanings  

Dr. Rosanne Palermo encourages you to keep up with scheduling regular teeth cleaning appointments at your family dentist in Erie, PA, twice a year. Regular teeth cleanings are important to keep your mouth healthy and your smile looking great!

Professional teeth cleaning appointments

During a regular tooth cleaning appointment, all plaque and tartar are removed from the surfaces of the teeth and your entire mouth is flossed. Plaque is sticky bacteria that builds upon the surfaces of the teeth, and if plaque isn't removed by regular brushing it hardens and forms into tartar. Tartar cannot be brushed away and must be removed by a dental professional. The bacteria in plaque and tartar can eat away at the enamel and cause a cavity, and also irritate the gums, and cause gum disease. Removing plaque and tartar protects you from tooth decay and gum disease, and helps keep your teeth free of stains.

Don't neglect your mouth

Your family dentist in Erie, PA, recommends regular teeth cleaning appointments every six months to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and to protect your investment in your smile. It's important to be examined twice a year because when you catch a cavity when it's still small, the tooth can be saved with a small filling. Cavities only get bigger without treatment and the more decay you have, the more involved and more expensive dental work will be to repair your tooth.

Regular teeth cleaning appointments twice a year are the basis of preventative care for patients of all ages, but sticking to a great oral hygiene routine at home is important, too. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. If you have a history of cavities you may want to add a fluoride rinse to your routine.

Dr. Rosanne Palermo is a family dentist in Erie, PA, and wants to see you twice a year for professional teeth cleaning appointments. A great oral hygiene routine at home and regular professional cleanings will protect your mouth and keep your smile beautiful. Contact us for an appointment at (814) 833-3001.


By Dr. Rosanne M. Palermo
October 05, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  
FollowTheseTipsforaMoreDental-FriendlyHalloween

"Trick or treat!" Chances are, you'll hear that cry from costumed children at your door this October 31st. Fortunately, you're unlikely to be in any danger of mischief should you fail to reward your trick or treaters. But there may be an unpleasant "trick" awaiting them—or, more specifically, their teeth: tooth decay.

The underlying factor for this occurrence is the candy they've eagerly collected on their spooky foray, over $2 billion worth nationwide for this one holiday alone. That's because all that candy your kids will fill up on post-Halloween is loaded with refined sugar.

But something else loves all that sweetness as much as your kids—decay-causing bacteria living in their mouths. Oral bacteria thrive—and multiply—on sugar—which means more acid, a by-product of their digestive process, which can erode tooth enamel, which then opens the door to tooth decay.

Now, we don't want to rain on anyone's parade, much less on a child's traditional night of fun in late October. The key, like many other of life's pleasures, is moderation. Here, then, are a few tips from the American Dental Association for having a more "dental-friendly" Halloween.

Provide alternative treats. Candy may be ubiquitous to Halloween, but it isn't the only thing you have to put in their sacks. Be sure you also include items like sealed, one-serving packages of pretzels, or peanut butter or cheese sandwich crackers.

Choose candy wisely. Considering dental health, the best candies are those that don't linger in the mouth long. Stay away, then, from sticky or chewy candies, which do just that. Also, try to avoid hard candies that might damage the teeth if bitten down on.

Don't keep it all. Before they dig in, have your child sort through their sack and choose a set number of pieces to keep and enjoy. Then, find a creative way to share the rest with others. This limits the number of sugary treats consumed after Halloween, while also encouraging sharing.

Restrict snacking. Continuous snacking on Halloween candy can be a problem—the constant presence of sugar in the mouth encourages bacterial growth. Instead, limit your child's snacking on Halloween treats to select times, preferably after meals when saliva (an acid neutralizer) is more active.

Brush and floss. Even with non-sugary foods and snacks, dental plaque can still build up on teeth. This thin biofilm provides a haven for bacteria that increases your child's chances for tooth decay. Be sure, then, that your kids brush and floss every day, especially around holidays.

Halloween can be the source for fond, childhood memories. Follow these tips to make sure tooth decay doesn't ultimately put a damper on your family's fun.

If you would like more information about protecting your children's teeth from tooth decay, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Bitter Truth About Sugar.”