Traditions stemming from ninth century rituals in Celtic nations, now southern Germany, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, may have given rise to our trick-or-treat celebration. Originally, the practice allowed poor people to visit the homes of wealthy families to request pastries. In return, they offered prayers for the souls of the dear departed until the tradition evolved into guising. Young people then dressed in costumes and offered to sing a song or perform a jig instead of praying for the dead, and they received coins, nuts or fruit for their efforts.
Bringing Confections into Halloween Celebrations
Sugar rationing in the United States during World War II may have delayed the use of
candy as a treat to prevent a trick. By the 1950s, confectioners realized that a huge money maker was within their reach. The annual expenditure of $2.5 billion that Americans spend on Halloween candies is slightly less than they pay for costumes. The California Milk Processors Board estimates that a candy Jack-o-Lantern contains about three pounds of sugar, a challenge to your Oral Health.When the celebration of Halloween in the US was getting started, trick-or-treaters were likely to get a piece of fruit, pennies or a toy. The practice of ringing a stranger’s doorbell and expecting a treat occurred sporadically in the early 1940s, but trick-or-treating was not widespread until the later years of the decade.Debunking Misconceptions about Tooth Damage
Concern for your Oral Health is justifiable when sugary treats are available, and your parental worries include the damage that they cause to your children’s teeth. Halloween focuses on receiving as many sweets as possible in return for doing no harm with egging or Tpeeing a home. The greatest harm comes not from eating them but from letting them remain on the teeth.
Candy does not cause tooth decay, and it does not make your teeth fall out. The more likely cause of Rotting Teeth is the sticky substance that clings to surfaces and creates cavities. The best defense is to brush after eating the starches and sugars that are in all carbohydrates. Dental Insurance helps defray the costs of repairing damage from inadequate tooth care.
Candy is No Halloween Grimlin – Identify Sources of Sugar
The American diet gets only 10 percent of its total sugar content from candies. The other 90 percent comes from frozen desserts, pies, cakes and donuts, sodas and sweetened fruit juices, colas and ice cream. The bakery and frozen dessert sections of your local grocery occupy significant space that reflects their importance from a sales standpoint. Nutrition labels show the grams of sugar that are in food that you may not think of as sweet. The need to repair Rotting Teeth is often the result of failing to brush at least twice a day, and a Dental Insurance policy can help you cover trips to the dentist.
The calories in candies may surprise you, providing a lower amount than you may expect. You can enjoy eight jelly beans for 115 calories, and a butterscotch disc accounts for only 20. A serving of one of the most popular Halloween candies, caramel corn, contains 26 pieces and 150 calories. The National Confectioners’ Association projects the production of 35 million pounds of it annually. Setting up a good Oral Health routine is essential to preventing Rotting Teeth, and dental insurance is equally important to financial health. Take the opportunity to ensure both today.
I was born with dental anxiety, and I’ve had it all my life. Growing up, trips to the dentist involved being poked with sharp instruments while the dentist looked for cavities. A cavity meant submitting to the drill and enduring the ever-present possibility of great pain. I could hear the squeal of that drill in the waiting room, and I was certain that I also heard screams of dismay from whoever was unlucky enough to be sitting in the chair.
The Effect Of Dental Anxiety On Dental Hygiene
You would think that my fear of dentists and drills would have motivated me to take good care of my pearly whites. Just the opposite was true. My dental hygiene was minimal. A quick brushing in the morning was usually all I could manage, and never mind the flossing and mouthwash. I somehow developed the belief that the less I focused on what was going on inside my mouth, the less likely I would be to get cavities. This seemed to work. I had very few cavities growing up, and I ate plenty of candy.Gingivitis: An Early Dental Warning System
As a teenager, I started to get bleeding gums whenever I brushed. The dentist said I had gingivitis. That’s inflammation of the gums, and it’s caused by a bacterial infection. The dentist said if I didn’t floss and brush three times every day, the gingivitis would turn into periodontal disease which is the major cause of tooth loss. I was also told to get a cleaning and exam every six months. Rather than motivating me to take better care of my mouth, I simply continued to brush once a day, usually in the morning. Unlike periodontal disease, gingivitis is not really a big problem. Even with inflamed gums, I could still convince myself that everything was fine and that brushing in the morning was enough.
Periodontal Disease: Stuff Gets Serious
By the time I was a young adult, my gums began to protest. I was told by my dentist that I had periodontal disease. If I didn’t get gum surgery, I would lose almost every tooth within a few years! I started getting abscesses that involved some serious pain. But the dental anxiety that had so far kept me away from the dentist continued to convince me that I was better off on my own. Besides, I had no dental insurance, and the cost of gum surgery was considerable. Instead, I got antibiotics to treat the abscesses, and for the time being, it worked out quite well.
Falling Out And Moving Around
Although I had started out with an awesome smile, the periodontal disease started doing strange things in my mouth. My teeth became loose and were shifting their positions. My gums receded, the roots were exposed, and the roots were extremely sensitive to almost everything. I was getting abscesses more frequently, and the antibiotics were no longer able to kill off the infections. One day after dinner, I noticed that one of my smaller molars had vanished. Apparently, I had swallowed it. Almost every tooth was now crooked, and the gums were pulling even farther away from each tooth. I had abscesses constantly, there was significant bone loss in my jaw, and additional teeth began to fall out. I finally realized that even though I didn’t have dental insurance, I would have to fix the problem whether I had insurance or not.
The Scary Final Fix
I was told that because the periodontal disease was so advanced, every loose and crooked tooth would have to be extracted. Upper and lower partial dentures would be needed to fill in the gaps and create an even smile. The treatment involved almost ten extractions and being fitted for two partial dentures. The cost would be thousands of dollars, and the procedures were not covered by my insurance. Although I was still afraid of the dentist, I now had only two options. I could continue to ignore the problem, or I could get the job done. I made an appointment and lived in a state of terror for the week before the procedure. After looking for numerous last minute insurance plans, none would cover the treatment within the needed time frame, so I would have to pay for it myself, and it wasn’t going to be cheap.
A Happy Ending
Although I dreaded the procedure and wasn’t sure whether partial dentures would look natural, I was surprised by how well things turned out. My dentist put me under anesthesia, and the next thing I knew, I had teeth that were white, even and beautiful. I have learned from this experience. I no longer see the dentist a as predator armed with drills and pliers. I get regular cleanings, I brush and floss twice a day, I rinse with mouthwash and I visit my dentist for regular exams and cleanings. I now have a great dental plan to cover these visits, without having to pay for each visit myself. My mouth is now healthy. My only regret is that it took me so long to see that cooperating with the dentist would give me a better outcome than avoiding the dentist.
The Scary Root Canal That Turned Out Fabulous
One scary childhood experience at the dentist office left me refusing sugary treats, brushing after every bite of food or drink of anything other than water and flossing twice a day for my entire life. Those healthy dental habits kept my mouth in great shape right up until the day that I turned 40, and a dental filling promptly fell right out while I was enjoying my sugar-free birthday cake.
I didn’t believe it when everyone told me that dentistry had come a long way from the dark ages of my childhood, and I made the horrible mistake of leaving my tooth unprotected for months. Eventually, the tooth fell apart, and I knew that I would need a root canal. I couldn’t have been any more afraid if I’d found a thief in my kitchen in the night.
As it turned out, there was no need for all of that worry, fear and anxiety. I feel more than a little silly that I let a perceived childhood trauma keep me from caring for myself better, but at least I know better now.
My Root Canal Journey
• White-Knuckled Grip: I knew that both my extreme anxiety and fear were very real when the dental assistants had to keep trying to pry my fingers off of the dental chair. The dentist came in and asked me why my eyes were so huge and my face was pale as a ghost, and then I heard him tell his assistants that I was scared to death.
Those ladies sprang into action with some very creative ideas that made me forget to be afraid. They had me hold one leg up while they counted, then the other leg and then each arm. I relaxed. One then picked up the book that I had brought and read it to me throughout the entire procedure.
The dentist asked me repeatedly how I was doing, and I was surprised to find that I was actually doing fine. I couldn’t be more surprised to report that I actually didn’t feel any discomfort during my root canal. The worst part for me was the x-rays, and they quickly moved me to a machine that could take the x-rays without them having to gag me.
• Recovery Tales: Those same people who were telling me not to be afraid to get the root canal were also telling me that the recovery would be long and painful. They said I would miss at least a week of work, and I wouldn’t even be able to take my children to school. Fortunately, they were extremely wrong about that. I was a little uncomfortable my first night, but the dentist had prescribed a pain killer for me that did the job. The next day I was up and back to work, and the day after that I was eating normally.
• The Bill Arrives: I didn’t have dental insurance through my job, so I was a little apprehensive about how much that great care I received from the dentist was going to set me back. You can imagine my immense relief when the bill said only $20 was left owing. It turned out that the little dental policy I had bought on my own had paid everything except that little co-pay.
Take Care of Yourself
What I’ve learned from this experience is that we all need to take better care of ourselves. Don’t let unreasonable fears keep you away from your doctor or dentist, and you should make sure to have some good insurance in place before something can go wrong.