Should You Let Your Kids Eat Halloween Candy?

ImageHalloween is right around the corner! This means that candy is well within reach for children, but many parents question whether letting their children take part in the festivities of eating Halloween candy.  So, should you let your kids have candy as part of their overall diet?

The answer is YES!  As parents it is important to stress to children the importance of dental health year-long and not just on Halloween. Halloween shouldn’t be to blame for cavities. Cavities develop over time. When children don’t practice good daily oral hygiene habits — that is when the cavities appear.

While it is still important to monitor your child’s sweet intake, it’s OK to have extra sweets for Halloween or any holiday. The American Dental Association recommends brushing two times a day for two minutes at a time. It is also important to rinse your mouth out with water after eating to reduce the risk for cavities and gum disease.

If you ever do worry that your child has cavities or just would like them to have a check-up and cleaning, schedule an appointment in Sacramento. Call Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry at 916-549-0249.

National Dental Hygiene Month: “Brush, Floss, Rinse and Chew!”

Leading patients to a beautiful healthy smile is the goal of hygienists at Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry. The Sacramento practice would like to stress the importance of oral health in observance of National Dental Hygiene Month this October by offering tips on how to maintain good oral health.

According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the most essential part of oral health is to brush, floss, rinse and chew.


You should brush for two minutes, two times per day.  It is recommended to use products such as electric battery-powered toothbrushes to help maximize the effectiveness of brushing habits.  Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry offers a variety of affordable battery-powered toothbrushes. Be sure to visit Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry at 2550 W. El Camino Ave, Suite 9 to purchase one today!


Flossing is an activity that should be performed daily to remove the substances from your teeth that the toothbrush cannot get to. It is important to floss your teeth to also remove plaque so it doesn’t cause any tooth decay.


Rinsing with a mouthwash is the most important solution to prevent gum disease (gingivitis).  Along with brushing and flossing, rinsing is as equally important to achieve having healthy teeth. After brushing and flossing you should rinse with about 10 ml of mouthwash for around 30 seconds. Afterwards, spit out the mouthwash and don’t rinse with water. Be sure to incorporate rinsing into your daily routine to help in the fight against tooth decay.


Did you know that chewing sugar-free gum can reduce your amount of tooth cavities? Chewing sugar-free gum also neutralizes plaque acids, washes away food particles, and remineralizes enamel to strengthen teeth. When you chew gum it has a positive impact on oral health because your saliva production is also stimulated. Saliva helps remove all of the harmful acids in your mouth.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment in Sacramento and learning more oral hygiene tips, give Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry a call at 916-649-0249 to get on the path to a beautiful healthy smile!

Caring for Your Teeth After Braces

Dental hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Getting braces is also a great tool to strengthen your teeth. Growing up, I was against the idea of taking care of my teeth and vowed that I would never get braces. To my surprise, I ended up getting braces in 2006 and wore them for four long years. I was astonished how much my teeth had changed and I walked away having more self-esteem and confidence.

It has now been three years since my braces were removed and I have realized not only the importance of dental hygiene but that it is also important to care for your teeth after braces. Unfortunately, I never wore my retainer and when I did finally decide to wear it routinely, it no longer fit because my teeth shifted. I am now seeing the negative effects that can happen when you don’t properly wear a retainer and care for your teeth.


Fastbraces technology is a revolutionary system that works to straighten teeth in just one stage.

Although I regularly brush my teeth every day, I am not satisfied with their overall appearance. It was my lack of understanding and education regarding caring for your teeth after braces. I am now considering getting braces once again to get my teeth back to the way they initially were after my braces were removed. Luckily, there is a new revolutionary system called FastBraces® that works to straighten teeth in just one stage. It also means less amounts of visits to the dentist/orthodontist and is affordable as well.

If you just finished wearing braces, don’t forget that taking care of your teeth doesn’t stop once you get them off. If you want to keep that new smile here are some tips on how to care for your teeth after braces.

  • Care for your gums
  • Schedule a dentist appointment
  • Whiten your teeth
  • Wear your retainer!

If you happen to be in my predicament and might have to back to wearing braces, don’t worry! FastBraces® technology is an easy and affordable way to getting those straight teeth back.

To find out more about the FastBraces® technology, visit Or if you’re in the Sacramento area, you can schedule a free consultation at Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry. Give us a call at 916-649-0249.