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What is the Best Way to Prevent Cavities?

This Valentine's Day, don't forget to make dental cavity prevention a top priority! With all of that delicious candy that will be passed around, it is easy to forget about the importance of brushing, after every meal (if possible) and especially after sugary snacks, like that heart-shaped chocolate!valentines-chocolate The ADA says that brushing after eating foods that are high in carbohydrates and sugars is key to avoiding cavities. Brush within 20 minutes of that chocolaty snack in order to avoid the creation of certain bacteria in your mouth. If you brush right after you eat your Valentine's candy, you will help get rid of all that harmful bacteria before it can attack, and damage, your tooth enamel.

Additionally, make sure you are using an ADA-accepted variety of fluoride toothpaste. These contain the fluoride that is needed to prevent tooth decay. The ADA-accepted varieties of toothpaste also have triclosan in them, which will work to reduce both plaque and gingivitis.

It is Valentine's Day, so there will be chocolate, but just be mindful of your teeth. Try to practice good dental cavity protection by brushing your teeth after every meal. Remember you can keep those teeth white and healthy by visiting Dr. Kristen Ritzau for a dental check-up after indulging in all of the sugary Valentine treats! 949-234-6850.

Dental Emergencies During the Holidays

Got a toothache? With the holidays looming, dental emergencies are quite common. Whether you have a tooth fall out while eating grandma's peanut brittle or have a painful cavity come on from all that sugar, pain is our body’s way of telling us that something isn’t right. It’s important to manage dental injuries quickly and efficiently. Here are some common dental emergencies, and ways to address them before you get to the office:

Tooth Fell Out

Attempt to retrieve the tooth. Hold your tooth by the crown and rinse off the roots under warm water. Do not use soap. If possible, try to work the tooth back into it’s socket. If pain prohibits this, store the tooth in a small container of cold milk and bring it with you to the office. Apply gauze to stop the bleeding. Teeth replaced within an hour of being dislodged enjoy the highest survival rate.

Crown Fell Out

Retrieve the crown. Call us at Kristen Ritzau DDS (949) 498-4110! Should pain present, you may have an exposed nerve. Coat the surface of the tooth with benzocaine. You can also use clove oil as it contains numbing properties.

Filling Fell Out

If possible, retrieve the filling, even if it’s in pieces. Unless you’ve had a root canal on the tooth, pain management can be quite tricky. The key is to prevent oxygen from agitating the nerve endings. Tear off a small portion of a cotton ball, soak it with benzocaine and pack it into the filling. This should give you some relief.

The team at Kristen Ritzau DDS is here to help you should a dental emergency arise over the holidays, give us a call at (949) 498-4110.