Having a healthy Halloween

Date posted: November 26, 2013

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While Halloween is exciting for children, it can be a time of concern for parents who are worried about them eating lots of sweets and chocolate. However, Halloween doesn’t have to be a problem.

Instead of worrying about trick or treating, use Halloween as a great opportunity to teach your kids about dental hygiene and eating treats in moderation.

Trying to stop children from eating sweets altogether at Halloween is a bad idea, as it can send them the wrong message about leading a healthy diet. It can also make eating sweets and chocolate more of a temptation, which may result in children sneaking food away, or eating lots of it when you are not around.

Instead, just be a little strict when it comes to the trick or treat bags they arrive home with. Rather than leaving the pile of sweets out so they can help themselves at any time, set a specific time of day for them to have one or two treats – this ensures they do not eat too many in one go, and they’ll be less tempted to snack on other unhealthy foods for the rest of the day. Bear in mind that this should not continue for months though – many dentists believe that this type of ‘chronic’ exposure is what puts children at higher risk of tooth decay.

If need be, impose a limit right from when they arrive home, by picking out a certain number of favourite goodies, then getting rid of the rest. Letting children set their own limit helps them learn ideas of what a healthy amount of sugar is, so that this stays with them when they grow older. Try and make them think in terms of too many sweets leading to oral health problems, rather than just that all sweets and chocolates are bad.

Crucial to maintaining good dental health during any holiday is keeping up a regular routine of brushing and flossing. It can be very easy to let routines slide during busy times of the year, but this is probably the most important time to remember. You could always use Halloween as a great time to buy a new toothbrush – they need replacing every few months anyway, and children are always eager to use new toothbrushes straight away.

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New dental implant material

Date posted: November 26, 2013

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A new material for dental implants has been proposed by an expert research team, which could improve on the current options.

A group of experts from the Autonomous University of Baja California in eastern Mexico have designed a new material for dental implants which they are hoping will improve the field.

Using a mixture of polymer with ceramic and a light consistency, the team hopes this could replace the titanium screws in use at the moment, which can be susceptible to corrosion.

During testing, the group recreated the chewing process, in order to optimise performance, with the aim of ensuring the implant could withstand the stress of eating, as opposed to the actual bone structure.

With the new material posing an alternative to titanium corrosion, and helping protect the bone when chewing, it could be a serious consideration for the future of dental implants. The team also tried to take into consideration the affordability of these implants, as dental implants can already be an expensive, if worthwhile, investment.

Before officially introducing the new implants to the market, the team want to try and lower the stress levels even further by using mathematical formulas.

It has also been proposed that the implants be covered with vitamin D, as it can encourage the production of bone tissue around the implant, helping strengthen it even further, and reduce the risk of bone tissue loss, a problem occasionally encountered with dental implants.

Once all of the tests are finished, the results will be analysed alongside regular dental implants, and it will be determined if the new polymer implants are a viable alternative to the traditional titanium screw with a false tooth attached to the top. The aim of the research was to create an implant that could improve oral health as well as reducing costs.

- See more at: http://dentallaboratory.org.uk/dentistry-news/new-dental-implant-material/#sthash.sjF3oNEB.dpuf