Halloween draws attention to teeth in various ways. From eager children in fancy dress awaiting delicious sugary snacks when they “trick or treat” and apple bobbing to toothy smiles from ghastly witches and the blood thirsty fangs of vampires. Halloween is literally a dentist’s nightmare requiring an extreme makeover!
Evolved from multicultural beliefs and traditions, Halloween is celebrated today by pumpkin lanterns, toffee apples, sweets & candy and dressing up in ghouls, witches, vampires, skeletons and bloodthirsty monsters. However, it is not as some would call it, a celebration of the Devil or of Hell or of the Damned, but rather a blending of the celebrations marking the end of the growing season, a heralding of the coming of the winter months and folk traditions that told of the day when the transparent veil between the living and the dead would lift and ghosts and ghouls would walk among the living. From those many traditions, coming to us from the Celts, the Roman rituals and even Catholic tradition, we get what has become Halloween.
Whilst we dentists want to appear celebratory and participate in the fun, we also want to bring attention to some serious concerns and look at Halloween’s focus on “teeth”.
Avoid Toothy Grins
Firstly, excess sugars in these Halloween treats of toffees and sweets can cause irreparable damage to teeth and gums by causing acid destruction and deterioration. This can cause teeth to be lost thus requiring treatments such as dental implants. Therefore it is important to see a dentist regularly to make sure your mouth is not being damaged by the sugar, acid, and bacteria combination.
At the Perfect Smile Studios & Institute, we understand the risks involved and we want you to enjoy the celebration without having future problems. Our Specialist Periodontist & and Hygiene Team has various programs for you so that we can take care of your mouth in an easy and simple way. We can also provide you with customized home care programs. This means that you can enjoy your foods and drink without permanent damage.
If however, you have already lost teeth to decay and infection we can talk to you about alternative options including bridgework, cosmetic dentures and dental implants.
Devilishly Handsome Smiles
Another part of Halloween is the attraction of mouthparts that are wickedly ugly. Attention is drawn to teeth as children and adults dress up as vampires with bloody fangs and witches with ugly dark rotting teeth. This being one end of the spectrum clearly indicates that the other end is angel white perfect teeth. Our Specialist Restorative dentist, Orthodontist & and experienced Cosmetic Team can help you in this aspect. Whilst your teeth may not be as dark, discoloured and crooked as that of the Halloween characters, you may still be far from beautiful stunning smiles that fill you with confidence.
So, to help out those people looking for nicer-looking teeth or a smile enhancement we are introducing our November “ANGEL SMILE” Consultation. This is a unique package that allows you every opportunity using technology and innovative techniques such as modern adult teeth straightening and no-preparation veneers, to see how you can improve and enhance your smile. Don’t wait anymore to have that great smile you have been dreaming of – let us help you to look great with the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques.
Higher Sugar Consumption at Christmas Can Lead to Cavities The Christmas holidays are not just a time for getting together with your loved ones. It is also a time when many people indulge in food and drinks, but sadly also neglect their dental health.
It is estimated that around Christmas, people tend to consume around 25% more sugar than at any other time of the year.