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Although I love my daughter, I have never loved how sneaky she can be. After she kept coming home from dental checkups with cavities, I told her that candy had to stay out of our house until her checkups improved. Well, she found a loophole in our agreement, and she kept eating candy at friends' houses and at school. I realized I was fighting a losing battle, so I asked her dentist what we could do. He told me that she was a good candidate for a dental sealant that coated her teeth and protected them from decay. I could not believe there was such an easy way to help improve her smile. I had the sealant applied to her molars, and she hasn't had a cavity since! I created this blog to spread the word about how well dental sealants can work to help preserve children's smiles.

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Dental Sealants Can Help Keep Your Child's Teeth Healthy

Can Midnight Snacks Affect Your Oral Health?

by Vera Bradley

There is no need to worry about whether or not you are the only person who enjoys a late night snack. Most people do. Some things just taste much better after midnight. But are you aware that midnight snacking can actually have a negative impact on the health of your teeth?

In 2010, a study in Denmark found correlations between tooth loss and late night eating. The research followed about 2200 adults, 8% of whom were classified as nocturnal eaters. Over a period of six months the adults in this group were found to have greatly increased their risk of tooth loss if they snacked at night.

Why should people brush their teeth before bedtime?

Traditionally, before you go to bed you are taught to conduct your oral health and beauty regimes. And there is a good reason for this. During the nighttime, your saliva production actually slows down. And saliva is pivotal in keeping your mouth sparkly and fresh. Saliva washes away leftover food and it reinforces your tooth enamel.

If your mouth doesn't get to use the full effect of your saliva, and your teeth are not that clean, it will leave bacteria and plaque inside of your mouth, both of which will wreak havoc all night long.

There is another reason why you should avoid midnight snacking too. When you eat snacks at night, are they often carrots and celery sticks? Chances are they are not. Most people end up eating something like cold pizza, or leftover cake. Sugars and starches are some of the worst culprits of tooth decay. And yet they make up the majority of what people eat in the middle of the night.

So what can you do about it?

If you are facing the temptation for snacking late at night, there are things that you can do.

  • If you do end up eating a snack, rinse your mouth after and brush your teeth.
  • Try very hard not to eat or drink anything but water for one hour prior to going to bed.
  • When that snacking fever hits you, try and eat healthier foods rather than the heavy starches and sugars.

If you think that any of your eating habits may put you at risk, you can always talk to your dentist. They can help you come up with a plan to prevent late-night snacking, and they can also clean your teeth from the damage already caused.

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