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How I Became a Flosser!

Everyone knows that flossing is an essential part of our oral health. It removes food debris from the nooks and crannies of our teeth which is often impossible to reach via toothbrush or mouthwash, and keeps bacteria from breeding between teeth and on your gums while also preventing plaque from building up.

You’ve likely heard it before and already know how important flossing is for your overall oral health. The question is: why is it often so low on our priority list, and how can we change this?

A great piece of advice when it comes to flossing is to create a routine that will remind you to do it consistently. Here’s a secret: start small.

If you haven’t flossed in a while, whether it be a few weeks, a few months, or even a few years, that’s okay. Everyone needs to start somewhere, and you always have the opportunity to create a new routine for the betterment of your oral health.

Starting small is really what worked for me. At first, I picked one day a week when I would always floss. We always recommend Sunday to our patients, as you usually have free time that day, and it’s also a great way start to the week. Whatever day you pick, start by consistently flossing on that day, until it becomes a habit. Then once you’ve mastered that, add another day — maybe Wednesday — and continue until you’ve reached the ideal schedule for you.

Consistency is important and creating routines is a crucial component of your oral health. This is why starting slowing and working on creating a routine is better than flossing everyday for a week and then stopping for a few months. You will find that you will begin to notice the difference in your mouth after you’ve flossed, and you will start to enjoy the clean feeling.

Another top tip: when you first begin, don’t worry about a mirror. Often individuals find it boring to stand in front of a mirror, and if you related to this, why not floss while you watch television?

In summary, create a routine, start small, and don’t worry about a mirror! Most of all, don’t let anything get in the way of achieving your healthiest mouth and smile!

Conquering Your Fears

 

We understand that for individuals who suffer from dental anxiety, it can be very stressful to book and attend your dental appointments. One important thing to know is that you are not alone: dental fear is extremely common, and we witness it on a daily basis in our clinic. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years of experience, it’s that it can be overcome.

 

At the end of the day, conquering your fear of the dentist is not so different than conquering other fears. We recently watched an excellent video of Will Smith discussing how he copes with his own fears, and thought we would share what we learned with you.

 

 

In the video, Will Smith talks about his experience preparing to jump out of a plane, and how his initial fear was for nothing. He explains how on the evening before his skydiving appointment he was anxious and couldn’t sleep, and that on the morning of he wasn’t even able to enjoy his breakfast. All of his fear was bottling up — but when it came to finally go through with it, the actual skydiving experience was great.

 

His key message is that it is often the thoughts and feelings you let yourself experience before the event that is the true source of fear and anxiety, even more so than the event itself. Or to quote Franklin D. Roosevelt: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

 

One of the best ways to conquer your fear is to focus on the outcome that you’re aiming for. In this case, the outcome is that you’ll have a healthy smile that you can be proud of for life! Another way is to ask questions, since the experience will likely be much less frightening than you think it will.

 

If you’re fearful of the dentist, the Elm team is here to help you relax and actually enjoy your visit to our clinic. We’re able to answer any and all questions in order alleviate any worries. Whether you’re scared of potential pain, loss of control, embarrassment, or your own past negative experiences, we work with every member of our patient family to reduce their stress and fear as much as possible.

 

If you fear the dentist, you’re not alone — because we are always here for you!

May Patient of the Month – Annie!

Meet our Elm Dental Patient of the Month: Annie!

Annie was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, and recently returned home! Annie let us know that she had anxiety surrounding the dentist and was terrified of most dental treatments. We welcomed Annie into our clinic where she toured our space and met our team. We were able to ease her concerns and match her up with her with the perfect dentist. We are incredibly proud of how far Annie has come, and how she overcame her fears. Now, she visits us without a worry!

Your Responsibility to your Smile

Responsibilities are a part of life. With regards to oral health, every person has daily as well as yearly responsibilities. There’s a very good chance you have a daily dental routine that includes brushing, flossing, and maybe even rinsing with mouthwash. However, it is equally important to keep on top of your oral health by making biannual appointments to see your dentist. After all, you wouldn’t cancel all visits to your doctor just because you take cold medication when you’re sick!

Did you know that cavities typically form before your teeth start to ache? In fact, there are very little warning signs that can indicate cavity growth. Once the damage is done, it can be difficult and quite expensive to fix, which is why it’s extremely important to visit your dentist twice a year.

Plaque and tartar buildup can cause cavities and, if growing along your gums and gum line, can put you at risk for gum infection. Your daily dental routine will help you to address any issues that may arise, and regularly brushing and flossing your teeth are important steps in keeping a healthy mouth. The only way to fully track and prevent gum disease, however, is to come see the professionals at Elm Dental twice a year for your regular cleanings and checkups.

Dental appointments are essential because professionals will thoroughly clean your teeth, ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy, and check for abnormalities that could lead to serious health issues. Keep in mind that oral issues can develop and progress quickly. Let us help you maintain your oral responsibilities so you can smile without worry!

Our Elm Dental team is always available to help you understand and offer advice about your oral hygiene. Book your appointment today!

Eating for a Healthy Smile

Prevention is the best medicine! It’s in the interest of your oral health to take care of your teeth with proper eating and cleaning, but there are also certain foods that seem to do more harm than good (even though we tend to enjoy these foods the most). Here are some of the biggest culprits, and the best reasons to keep a toothbrush with you wherever you may be:

1. Candy (hard/sticky) – The bacteria in your mouth burns away all the sugar in candy to make acid, which in turn dissolves the enamel layer of your teeth, leaving them more susceptible to tooth decay.

2. Citrus – Fruits with citrus are high in acid, and without proper oral care can cause erosion of the enamel layer on your teeth, creating places for cavities to easily develop.

3. Soda/Sports Drinks – These drinks are also high in acid, and when consumed in excess can lead to serious erosion of that all-important enamel layer of our teeth.

4. Wine – While all wine is high in acid, red wine also contains tannins which cause staining of the teeth, making it a double-whammy offender!

5. Coffee/Tea – Although the enamel of your teeth is the hardest substance in the human body, it is not flat and smooth. On the contrary, your tooth enamel contains microscopic pits and ridges that can hold particles of food and drink. Pigments from dark-colored drinks such as coffee and tea, can become embedded in those cracks and ridges and, if the proper steps are not taken, can cause permanent, yellowing stains on your teeth.

6. Crackers/Bread – Our saliva works to quickly break down the crackers and bread in our mouth to that mushy goop that sticks to the spaces in between your teeth. When not brushed or flossed away, this goop turns into sugar, which can lead to cavities.

Reverse Damage

Along with regular dental checkups, cleanings, brushing and flossing at home, you can also eat your way to a healthy smile. Raw veggies like carrots help scrape the surface of our teeth to clean them, while green leafy foods like spinach and kale operate sort of like a car wash for your teeth! Drinking water always helps to clear your mouth of surplus acid and sugar, while drinking dairy can boost your calcium and help keep your teeth strong!

When in doubt — keep a toothbrush handy!

The Essentials for Good Oral Health

In recent years, the public’s increased awareness about the importance of oral health has led to more visits to the dentist and hygienist, which has considerably reduced the typical number of cavities and dental repairs that we tend to see. Here, we’ve identified some of the essentials to keep in mind in order to foster good oral health!

1. Brushing – Brushing your teeth twice a day, in the mornings and before bed, helps to remove plaque before it hardens. Brushing also stimulates your gums and helps to prevent gum disease. Keeping the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle will aid in brushing along the gum line on both sides of the teeth, as well the chewing surfaces. We recommend using a toothpaste which contains fluoride — though if your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold, you might want to try a toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth.

2. Flossing – Flossing helps remove plaque from between the teeth and below the gumline where brushing often can’t reach. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily is the number one combo to keep you teeth and gums healthy!

3.  Rinsing – Studies have shown that rinsing with mouthwash helps to reduce the bacteria in your mouth, and is a great supplement to regular brushing and flossing. We recommend buying alcohol-free mouthwash, and have also found that mouthwash which contains fluoride can be beneficial for both smokers and those with chronic dry mouth.

4. Dental Cleanings and Dental Checkups – Regular hygiene appointments and dental checkups are a very important part of maintaining your oral health. Seeing a hygienist every 6 months for regular cleanings will help prevent infection of the gums, periodontal disease, bone loss, and cavities. Having a complete exam by your dentist once a year will also detect any small problems before they progress even further.

5.  Diet for Oral Health – Changes begin occurring in your mouth the moment you eat certain foods. Bacteria can change sugars into acid and, if you’re not vigilant, the decaying process will begin. Foods like hard candy and cookies contain high sugar content, feeding the acids in your mouth, while others like french fries and potato chips can stick to the teeth and work to soften your enamel. Try to avoid eating too much junk food, while instead reaching for foods that support your teeth. For example, nuts, cheese, milk, and certain meats are actually beneficial for teeth, providing calcium and phosphorous to help strengthen the enamel!

 

Catering to your Dental Needs

We’ll begin with a broad example:

Let’s say that someone very close to you decides to get married. Amongst all the celebratory hoopla, it’s decided that you’re in charge of securing the wedding cake for the big day. What will you do?

Will you go to the bakery section of the grocery store and buy the first that cake you find? That’s probably a remote possibility. More likely, you will seek out an excellent caterer who can custom-design the exact cake that you’re looking for. Well, that kind of specificity should be the very same for dental work!

When looking for the right dentist to suit your needs, you don’t want to choose the first one that you come across. It’s important to find a dentist you feel comfortable with, someone who understands where you’re coming from and where you’re looking to get to. Thankfully, we believe that there is a special someone out there to suit each patient’s needs!

Every individual dentist has an aspect of the industry that they’re the most passionate about, whether it’s cosmetic dentistry, root canals, implants, or perhaps even general dentistry. Those who have discovered which specialty suits them the best are able to thrive in all aspects of their treatments, and will be able to offer you the great treatment that you deserve. So once you know what your oral health goals are, you’ll be able to find the right dentist for you!

One of the greatest parts of working at Elm Dental is that our dentists can always work together to accommodate what each patient needs. If you have any questions about your possible treatment, don’t hesitate to give us a call to book an initial appointment, or stop in at our beautiful office. Once here, talk with and get to know your dentist, and they will cater to your every dental need!

“They’re Only Baby Teeth!”

To be honest, that quote is just not true at all; your baby teeth are extremely important! Baby teeth play many roles, including helping with eating, talking, smiling, and most essentially, they maintain the proper spacing for those all-important adult teeth later in life.

Start early and often, even before the first tooth appears, with daily oral hygiene for your child. A soft, clean, wet cloth or a rubber padded infant toothbrush can be gently rubbed on your baby’s gums, helping to remove any sugar bugs from milk, juice, and foods eaten.

This will help the child to get used to cleaning activities sooner rather than later. You can also start bringing your child into the dental office as early as a year-old, to help get them used to the lights, sounds, and smells of the dental office.

Remember: infants are not born with a sweet tooth. We create those proclivities by introducing them to sweet foods and drinks which are loaded with sugar. They will enjoy those foods, of course, but you must also give them the chance to develop a taste for all-natural, sugarless foods. By avoiding sugary foods and drinks, not only are you helping to create good eating habits for your child, but you can also lessen the chances of them catching dental caries as young as 6-months-old (or when their first teeth come in).

Call the Elm Dental office today, to start your child on their dental adventure toward a healthy and happy mouth!

Eating After Oral Surgery

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It can be hard to find good, satisfying foods to eat after dental surgery.

Soft foods that require little to no chewing are best to start with, since healing can take a few days and you may be in some discomfort. You may want to prepare some meals in advance to have ready. Some examples of good foods to eat: mashed potatoes, carrots, applesauce, bananas, yogurt, soup broths, jell, and pasta (as long as it is soft). Basically anything that won’t stick, poke, or tear at the healing tissue of the surgical area.

Healing time will vary for each person. It will ultimately be your decision on when to start eating different foods, as you will know how your own body is healing. After a few days, you can try foods that are a little more solid, just take it easy and don’t go overboard. After about a week, you should be good to go.

Feel free to contact your dental office at anytime and they can answer any questions or concerns before, during, or after surgery. You can reach us at 902-597-3831.

Halloween Tips for Your Teeth

At Elm Dental, we are often asked about Halloween Candy. Luckily, we don’t believe that your child enjoying these seasonal treats automatically equals cavities. So with this in mind, we have come up with a handy trick to help protect your child against tooth decay, while still being able to enjoy what Halloween has to offer!

Set a Treat Time:

Set a time of day for your child to eat Halloween candy. This set “treat time” may last long after Halloween, and help promote healthy snacking habits. Your children will then learn that eating candy isn’t meant to be an all-day feast. Moderation is of course key. If your child knows they have a specific treat time, it will help them be less inclined to think about eating sweets throughout the day.

Another great advantage about scheduling a specific treat time, is you can make sure your child brushes and flosses directly afterwards, to avoid sugar lingering on their teeth.

Happy Halloween from the Elm Dental Team!

Everyone knows that flossing is an essential part of our oral health. It removes food debris from the nooks and crannies of our teeth which is often impossible to reach via toothbrush or mouthwash, and keeps bacteria from breeding between teeth and on your gums while also preventing plaque from building up.

You’ve likely heard it before and already know how important flossing is for your overall oral health. The question is: why is it often so low on our priority list, and how can we change this?

A great piece of advice when it comes to flossing is to create a routine that will remind you to do it consistently. Here’s a secret: start small.

If you haven’t flossed in a while, whether it be a few weeks, a few months, or even a few years, that’s okay. Everyone needs to start somewhere, and you always have the opportunity to create a new routine for the betterment of your oral health.

Starting small is really what worked for me. At first, I picked one day a week when I would always floss. We always recommend Sunday to our patients, as you usually have free time that day, and it’s also a great way start to the week. Whatever day you pick, start by consistently flossing on that day, until it becomes a habit. Then once you’ve mastered that, add another day — maybe Wednesday — and continue until you’ve reached the ideal schedule for you.

Consistency is important and creating routines is a crucial component of your oral health. This is why starting slowing and working on creating a routine is better than flossing everyday for a week and then stopping for a few months. You will find that you will begin to notice the difference in your mouth after you’ve flossed, and you will start to enjoy the clean feeling.

Another top tip: when you first begin, don’t worry about a mirror. Often individuals find it boring to stand in front of a mirror, and if you related to this, why not floss while you watch television?

In summary, create a routine, start small, and don’t worry about a mirror! Most of all, don’t let anything get in the way of achieving your healthiest mouth and smile!

 

We understand that for individuals who suffer from dental anxiety, it can be very stressful to book and attend your dental appointments. One important thing to know is that you are not alone: dental fear is extremely common, and we witness it on a daily basis in our clinic. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years of experience, it’s that it can be overcome.

 

At the end of the day, conquering your fear of the dentist is not so different than conquering other fears. We recently watched an excellent video of Will Smith discussing how he copes with his own fears, and thought we would share what we learned with you.

 

 

In the video, Will Smith talks about his experience preparing to jump out of a plane, and how his initial fear was for nothing. He explains how on the evening before his skydiving appointment he was anxious and couldn’t sleep, and that on the morning of he wasn’t even able to enjoy his breakfast. All of his fear was bottling up — but when it came to finally go through with it, the actual skydiving experience was great.

 

His key message is that it is often the thoughts and feelings you let yourself experience before the event that is the true source of fear and anxiety, even more so than the event itself. Or to quote Franklin D. Roosevelt: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

 

One of the best ways to conquer your fear is to focus on the outcome that you’re aiming for. In this case, the outcome is that you’ll have a healthy smile that you can be proud of for life! Another way is to ask questions, since the experience will likely be much less frightening than you think it will.

 

If you’re fearful of the dentist, the Elm team is here to help you relax and actually enjoy your visit to our clinic. We’re able to answer any and all questions in order alleviate any worries. Whether you’re scared of potential pain, loss of control, embarrassment, or your own past negative experiences, we work with every member of our patient family to reduce their stress and fear as much as possible.

 

If you fear the dentist, you’re not alone — because we are always here for you!

Meet our Elm Dental Patient of the Month: Annie!

Annie was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, and recently returned home! Annie let us know that she had anxiety surrounding the dentist and was terrified of most dental treatments. We welcomed Annie into our clinic where she toured our space and met our team. We were able to ease her concerns and match her up with her with the perfect dentist. We are incredibly proud of how far Annie has come, and how she overcame her fears. Now, she visits us without a worry!

Responsibilities are a part of life. With regards to oral health, every person has daily as well as yearly responsibilities. There’s a very good chance you have a daily dental routine that includes brushing, flossing, and maybe even rinsing with mouthwash. However, it is equally important to keep on top of your oral health by making biannual appointments to see your dentist. After all, you wouldn’t cancel all visits to your doctor just because you take cold medication when you’re sick!

Did you know that cavities typically form before your teeth start to ache? In fact, there are very little warning signs that can indicate cavity growth. Once the damage is done, it can be difficult and quite expensive to fix, which is why it’s extremely important to visit your dentist twice a year.

Plaque and tartar buildup can cause cavities and, if growing along your gums and gum line, can put you at risk for gum infection. Your daily dental routine will help you to address any issues that may arise, and regularly brushing and flossing your teeth are important steps in keeping a healthy mouth. The only way to fully track and prevent gum disease, however, is to come see the professionals at Elm Dental twice a year for your regular cleanings and checkups.

Dental appointments are essential because professionals will thoroughly clean your teeth, ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy, and check for abnormalities that could lead to serious health issues. Keep in mind that oral issues can develop and progress quickly. Let us help you maintain your oral responsibilities so you can smile without worry!

Our Elm Dental team is always available to help you understand and offer advice about your oral hygiene. Book your appointment today!

Prevention is the best medicine! It’s in the interest of your oral health to take care of your teeth with proper eating and cleaning, but there are also certain foods that seem to do more harm than good (even though we tend to enjoy these foods the most). Here are some of the biggest culprits, and the best reasons to keep a toothbrush with you wherever you may be:

1. Candy (hard/sticky) – The bacteria in your mouth burns away all the sugar in candy to make acid, which in turn dissolves the enamel layer of your teeth, leaving them more susceptible to tooth decay.

2. Citrus – Fruits with citrus are high in acid, and without proper oral care can cause erosion of the enamel layer on your teeth, creating places for cavities to easily develop.

3. Soda/Sports Drinks – These drinks are also high in acid, and when consumed in excess can lead to serious erosion of that all-important enamel layer of our teeth.

4. Wine – While all wine is high in acid, red wine also contains tannins which cause staining of the teeth, making it a double-whammy offender!

5. Coffee/Tea – Although the enamel of your teeth is the hardest substance in the human body, it is not flat and smooth. On the contrary, your tooth enamel contains microscopic pits and ridges that can hold particles of food and drink. Pigments from dark-colored drinks such as coffee and tea, can become embedded in those cracks and ridges and, if the proper steps are not taken, can cause permanent, yellowing stains on your teeth.

6. Crackers/Bread – Our saliva works to quickly break down the crackers and bread in our mouth to that mushy goop that sticks to the spaces in between your teeth. When not brushed or flossed away, this goop turns into sugar, which can lead to cavities.

Reverse Damage

Along with regular dental checkups, cleanings, brushing and flossing at home, you can also eat your way to a healthy smile. Raw veggies like carrots help scrape the surface of our teeth to clean them, while green leafy foods like spinach and kale operate sort of like a car wash for your teeth! Drinking water always helps to clear your mouth of surplus acid and sugar, while drinking dairy can boost your calcium and help keep your teeth strong!

When in doubt — keep a toothbrush handy!

In recent years, the public’s increased awareness about the importance of oral health has led to more visits to the dentist and hygienist, which has considerably reduced the typical number of cavities and dental repairs that we tend to see. Here, we’ve identified some of the essentials to keep in mind in order to foster good oral health!

1. Brushing – Brushing your teeth twice a day, in the mornings and before bed, helps to remove plaque before it hardens. Brushing also stimulates your gums and helps to prevent gum disease. Keeping the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle will aid in brushing along the gum line on both sides of the teeth, as well the chewing surfaces. We recommend using a toothpaste which contains fluoride — though if your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold, you might want to try a toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth.

2. Flossing – Flossing helps remove plaque from between the teeth and below the gumline where brushing often can’t reach. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily is the number one combo to keep you teeth and gums healthy!

3.  Rinsing – Studies have shown that rinsing with mouthwash helps to reduce the bacteria in your mouth, and is a great supplement to regular brushing and flossing. We recommend buying alcohol-free mouthwash, and have also found that mouthwash which contains fluoride can be beneficial for both smokers and those with chronic dry mouth.

4. Dental Cleanings and Dental Checkups – Regular hygiene appointments and dental checkups are a very important part of maintaining your oral health. Seeing a hygienist every 6 months for regular cleanings will help prevent infection of the gums, periodontal disease, bone loss, and cavities. Having a complete exam by your dentist once a year will also detect any small problems before they progress even further.

5.  Diet for Oral Health – Changes begin occurring in your mouth the moment you eat certain foods. Bacteria can change sugars into acid and, if you’re not vigilant, the decaying process will begin. Foods like hard candy and cookies contain high sugar content, feeding the acids in your mouth, while others like french fries and potato chips can stick to the teeth and work to soften your enamel. Try to avoid eating too much junk food, while instead reaching for foods that support your teeth. For example, nuts, cheese, milk, and certain meats are actually beneficial for teeth, providing calcium and phosphorous to help strengthen the enamel!

 

We’ll begin with a broad example:

Let’s say that someone very close to you decides to get married. Amongst all the celebratory hoopla, it’s decided that you’re in charge of securing the wedding cake for the big day. What will you do?

Will you go to the bakery section of the grocery store and buy the first that cake you find? That’s probably a remote possibility. More likely, you will seek out an excellent caterer who can custom-design the exact cake that you’re looking for. Well, that kind of specificity should be the very same for dental work!

When looking for the right dentist to suit your needs, you don’t want to choose the first one that you come across. It’s important to find a dentist you feel comfortable with, someone who understands where you’re coming from and where you’re looking to get to. Thankfully, we believe that there is a special someone out there to suit each patient’s needs!

Every individual dentist has an aspect of the industry that they’re the most passionate about, whether it’s cosmetic dentistry, root canals, implants, or perhaps even general dentistry. Those who have discovered which specialty suits them the best are able to thrive in all aspects of their treatments, and will be able to offer you the great treatment that you deserve. So once you know what your oral health goals are, you’ll be able to find the right dentist for you!

One of the greatest parts of working at Elm Dental is that our dentists can always work together to accommodate what each patient needs. If you have any questions about your possible treatment, don’t hesitate to give us a call to book an initial appointment, or stop in at our beautiful office. Once here, talk with and get to know your dentist, and they will cater to your every dental need!

To be honest, that quote is just not true at all; your baby teeth are extremely important! Baby teeth play many roles, including helping with eating, talking, smiling, and most essentially, they maintain the proper spacing for those all-important adult teeth later in life.

Start early and often, even before the first tooth appears, with daily oral hygiene for your child. A soft, clean, wet cloth or a rubber padded infant toothbrush can be gently rubbed on your baby’s gums, helping to remove any sugar bugs from milk, juice, and foods eaten.

This will help the child to get used to cleaning activities sooner rather than later. You can also start bringing your child into the dental office as early as a year-old, to help get them used to the lights, sounds, and smells of the dental office.

Remember: infants are not born with a sweet tooth. We create those proclivities by introducing them to sweet foods and drinks which are loaded with sugar. They will enjoy those foods, of course, but you must also give them the chance to develop a taste for all-natural, sugarless foods. By avoiding sugary foods and drinks, not only are you helping to create good eating habits for your child, but you can also lessen the chances of them catching dental caries as young as 6-months-old (or when their first teeth come in).

Call the Elm Dental office today, to start your child on their dental adventure toward a healthy and happy mouth!

shutterstock_94949035
It can be hard to find good, satisfying foods to eat after dental surgery.

Soft foods that require little to no chewing are best to start with, since healing can take a few days and you may be in some discomfort. You may want to prepare some meals in advance to have ready. Some examples of good foods to eat: mashed potatoes, carrots, applesauce, bananas, yogurt, soup broths, jell, and pasta (as long as it is soft). Basically anything that won’t stick, poke, or tear at the healing tissue of the surgical area.

Healing time will vary for each person. It will ultimately be your decision on when to start eating different foods, as you will know how your own body is healing. After a few days, you can try foods that are a little more solid, just take it easy and don’t go overboard. After about a week, you should be good to go.

Feel free to contact your dental office at anytime and they can answer any questions or concerns before, during, or after surgery. You can reach us at 902-597-3831.

At Elm Dental, we are often asked about Halloween Candy. Luckily, we don’t believe that your child enjoying these seasonal treats automatically equals cavities. So with this in mind, we have come up with a handy trick to help protect your child against tooth decay, while still being able to enjoy what Halloween has to offer!

Set a Treat Time:

Set a time of day for your child to eat Halloween candy. This set “treat time” may last long after Halloween, and help promote healthy snacking habits. Your children will then learn that eating candy isn’t meant to be an all-day feast. Moderation is of course key. If your child knows they have a specific treat time, it will help them be less inclined to think about eating sweets throughout the day.

Another great advantage about scheduling a specific treat time, is you can make sure your child brushes and flosses directly afterwards, to avoid sugar lingering on their teeth.

Happy Halloween from the Elm Dental Team!

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