ZPD Chronicles, Volume 2

ZPD Chronicles
August 2017, Volume 2
Even when you’re in a rush, don’t forget to use your toothbrush!

Prevention is key

Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, but it’s not always easy to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth – especially those back teeth you use to chew (called molars). Molars are rough, uneven and a favorite place for leftover food and cavity-causing bacteria to hide.

But fear not! There’s another safety net to help keep those teeth clean. It’s called a sealant, and it is a thin, protective coating placed on the chewing surface of your back teeth. They’re no substitute for brushing and flossing, but they can keep cavities from forming and may even stop early stages of decay from becoming a full-blown cavity.

Sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars. This is especially important when it comes to your child’s dental health.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, “school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.”


The left tooth shows open grooves before the sealant has been place and the right tooth portrays the deep fissures covered, making it easier to clean and decreases the risk of cavities.

How Do Sealants Work?

Think of them as raincoats for your teeth. When the cavity-causing bacteria that live in your mouth mix with leftover food particles, they produce acids that can create holes in teeth. These holes are cavities. After sealant has been applied it keeps those bits of food out and stops bacteria and acid from settling on your teeth.

Who Can Get Sealants?

Children and adults can benefit from sealants, but the earlier you get them, the better. Your first molars appear around age 6, and second molars break through around age 12. Sealing these teeth as soon as they come through can keep them cavity-free from the start, which helps keep them healthy longer.

How Are Sealants Applied?

It’s a quick and painless process. First, your teeth get clean and dry before placing a gel on your teeth. This gel roughens your tooth surface so a strong bond will form between your tooth and the sealant. After a few seconds, the gel is rinsed off and your tooth is dried again before applying the sealant onto the grooves of your tooth. Then, a special blue light is used to harden the sealant.

Can Sealants Be Placed Over Cavities?

Sealants can be used over areas of early decay to prevent further damage to your tooth. Because some sealants are clear, your dentist can keep an eye on the tooth to make sure the sealant is doing its job.

How Long Do Sealants Last?

Sealants will often last for several years before they need to be reapplied. During your regular dental visit, the condition of the sealant will be checked and can be ‘touched up’ as needed.


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Back to School Study Tips

Whether you’re headed back to college, high school, middle school, or elementary school, the back-to-school season is in full-swing! Here are a couple of tips to get you right on track!

Tip #1: Avoid distractions in your study space, and keep all study items together. 
Choose a space that doesn’t have a lot of tempting distractions like a library or quiet room. Place your materials for school on a shelf together to make it easier for you to find items and stay organized.  Using an academic planner to keep track of assignments, deadlines and appointments can help prioritize tasks as well.
Tip #2: Learn how to effectively communicate with your teachers. 
You’ll find that most of your teachers are more than happy to provide additional instruction and extra help. This also shows that you care about your academic performance. Your teachers want to see that you are interested in the class material and that you are driven to succeed. By effectively communicating with your teachers, you can help maintain and increase your class participation, and often times your grades.

Tip #3: Study a little every day.

Cramming the night before for a vocabulary quiz might work in the short-term, but when it’s time to study for midterms, you may not remember everything.  Take a little time every day to review definitions and terms for each class so you don’t feel overwhelmed at the end of the year.  Plus, it will help your long term memory for the long haul!

Tip #4: Reward Yourself!
Positive reinforcement is an amazing thing. When you have completed tasks, reward yourself in small ways. This can be anything from allowing yourself to take a 10 minute break or getting up for a quick walk and stretch. This can help refresh your body and mind before hitting the books again!
Back to School Snack Recipe
Apple Cinnamon Chips

Ingredients:

4 apples
1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
1-2 tsp sugar
Cooking spray
Directions:
Preheat oven to 200 degrees.  Core and slice all apples into 1/8″ slices.  Place them in a bowl and coat with sugar/cinnamon mixture.  Spray tray and arrange apple slices flat.  Bake for 2-3 hours until chips are dry but still soft.  Let cool completely and enjoy!
Congrats to our first winner Ethan Corpuz from our no cavity club drawing! Z Pediatric Dentistry will be donating to the charity *Save the Children* in his honor!
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