After a summer season that often feels too short to New Hampshire natives, fall is well underway, bringing with it cooler temperatures, stunning colors, and anticipated flavors… like pumpkin spice. We all have that friend who loses her mind as summer draws to a close and coffee conglomerates announce the return of pumpkin spice everything.
Sure, kids risk sugar comas even just thinking about Halloween – leaving their parents worried about rotting teeth and trips to the dentist. However, those parents are the same pumpkin spice-loving aficionados who are just as likely to require a trip to the nearest dentist in Nashua.
Simply because sugar is sugar and all teeth – no matter how new or old – are at the mercy of its damaging effects. Enjoy a scary story this time of year? Check out the sugar content in your favorite pumpkin treats… and learn how you can protect your teeth from these monsters.
Though it’s tough to take in your surroundings when your dentist is working away in your mouth, you might have noticed a blue light during some stage of your dental care, particularly if you’ve ever needed to have a cavity filled. That blue light is called a curing light and is used to cure, or set, resin-based composites to your teeth. As dentistry evolved, so did curing lights, emerging and changing to keep pace with other dental technologies.
Here, a brief history of the curing light and more background on that little blue light than you ever cared to know…