This Halloween, Don't Let Your Sweet Tooth Sour Your Oral Health

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Aspen Dental Offers a Reminder to Remember the Importance of Oral Health

Every year, Halloween presents the perfect opportunity to indulge in irresistible sweet treats. However, Aspen Dental urges people to remember that too many sugary snacks can have a negative affect on your oral health.

"Sugar is one of the most detrimental enemies to your teeth," said Maureen Howes, Director, Hygiene Services, Aspen Dental Management, Inc. "It (sugar) contains a complex element called glycoprotein that adheres to the teeth and forms plaque soon after consumption. Bacteria then latch onto the glycoprotein and begin to attack the tooth enamel. If preventative measures are not taken, this can lead to tooth decay."

If you feel the urge to splurge this Halloween, here are a few simple precautions that will "spare your sweet tooth."

  •     Limit the amount of sweets you eat. Caramels and gummies are among the worst because of their high sugar content and retentive properties, which cause the bacteria in your mouth to produce acids that can cause tooth decay.
  •     Floss at least once a day to promote healthy gums.
  •     Brush thoroughly twice a day to reduce the damage sugar can cause.
  •     Drink more water and less sugared, acidic drinks like soda and juice.
  •     If you can't brush after snacks, rinse with water to dilute acids in the mouth.
  •     Work in some healthy snacks around those Halloween treats. Snacks such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese or fruit are great alternatives. Low-sugar, fibrous foods are a good preventative measure against tooth decay.

Denture wearers aren't off the hook when it comes to sugary snacks. Dentures must be brushed daily to remove food deposits and plaque. It's best to use a brush designed for cleaning dentures. A soft-bristled brush can also be used.

For more information, please visit Aspen Dental's newly redesigned website at http://www.aspendent.com

ABOUT ASPEN DENTAL:
Aspen Dental is a leading provider of denture and dental care services committed to providing patients with affordable, high-quality care. Aspen Dental is the only company authorized to provide eight styles of its hand-crafted, full and partial ComfiDents® brand dentures.

Aspen Dental has grown from 13 offices and three states in 1998 to more than 210 locations in 18 states. More than 300 licensed dentists and 200 dental hygienists work with Aspen Dental throughout Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconsin.

In 2008, Aspen Dental recorded more than 1.5 million patient visits, including visits from more than 260,000 new patients.

Aspen Dental meets the demand for high-quality, yet affordable denture and dental services by offering convenient locations, extended hours, affordable fees and a wide range of payment plan options. The company works with all insurance plans.

For more information about Aspen Dental and the services it provides, please visit http://www.aspendent.com

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