Our next clinic will take place this Friday (11/11) & Saturday (11/12) at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC! We can’t wait to see everyone there. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- We are still in need of volunteers! Please click here to sign up.
- If you cannot volunteer, please help us by spreading the word.
- The clinic is set to run from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. However, the closing time on Saturday may vary.
- Patients: in order to guarantee that receive care, please arrive as early as possible. Some patients will get in line the night before clinic dates. This is the best way to ensure that you get seen. If you cannot get in line the night before, make sure to be at the clinic very early the next morning.
- Volunteers: If you are helping setup the clinic on Thursday, you may wear shorts and casual clothing, but you must wear closed-toe shoes. NO FLIP FLOPS OR SANDALS. If you are volunteering at the clinic Friday and/or Saturday, you must also wear closed-toe shoes AND long pants. This is for your safety. We will not accept any volunteers who don’t follow these guidelines (and we hate that!).
CARY, N.C. — Halloween marks the start of a long candy- and dessert-intensive holiday season and that, says North Carolina Dental Society president Dr. Bob Hollowell, “is a good time to become more vigilant about how much sugar we consume, especially children.”
“Parents can let their children enjoy Halloween treats,” says Hollowell, “but it’s important they do so in a responsible way.”
Dental caries (cavities) are the most chronic childhood disease: 50% of children in the U.S. experience tooth decay by middle school and 70% by late adolescence. “During the holidays large quantities of sugar are consumed and it’s a time to be especially careful,” says Dr. Hollowell.
“When bacteria present in the mouth come into contact with sugar, they produce acid that attacks the teeth for 20 minutes or longer,” Hollowell says. “Repeated acid attacks can cause tooth enamel to break down, eventually resulting in decay.”
But all candies are not equally harmful. “Sticky candies such as gummies stick to the teeth longer, while others, such as chocolate are more quickly washed away with saliva or by rinsing. Hard sugary candies are held in the mouth longer, giving bacteria more time to create acid that weakens tooth enamel.”
“The popular sour candy is probably the worst because of its high acid levels,” warns Hollowell. “It’s also important for parents to realize that it is not the amount of sugar consumed that’s important, but how often. So, by nibbling small amounts of candy over long periods children can expose their teeth to acid levels that can cause decay.”
It takes up to 60 minutes for saliva to neutralize acid in the mouth, which means every time sugary foods or drinks are consumed, the teeth are under attack for an hour.
There are steps to enjoy Halloween treats and still help prevent tooth decay:
- Consume candy with meals rather than as snacks, because saliva flow increases during a meal.
- Brush or rinse after eating candy.
- Chew sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals, because increased saliva flow helps wash out food and neutralize acid produced by dental plaque bacteria.
- Don’t suck on hard candy for a long period of time.
- Opt for quickly dissolved chocolates, as opposed to hard or sour candies.
- Use fluoride toothpaste or fluoride rinse to help remineralize tooth enamel broken down by acid.
- Avoid hard candy that can break a tooth or crack a crown.
- Don’t nibble. It’s better to enjoy several pieces of candy in one sitting (Four small pieces of candy eaten all at once cause less damage to tooth enamel than eating four pieces over a longer period of time.)
- Limit sugar intake to three meals and two snacks a day.
- Consider handing out healthy snacks – such as fruit or sugarless gum – to Trick or Treaters.
- See your dentist during or after the holidays to detect tooth decay early.
The next NCMOM clinic is this weekend! The clinic will be held at the Dare County Parks and Rec. Center, 602 S. Mustian Street, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948.
Please consider signing up to volunteer at ncdental.org under the “NCMOM” page or by clicking here.
Everyone may park in the school parking lots near the clinic and walk from there. There is also parking at the Baum Senior Center, located a couple of blocks North on Mustian Street.
Important Volunteer Dress Code Information:
Unloading Day: If you are volunteering at the clinic on Thursday, we want everyone to be comfortable since this is unloading day. Patient note: The NCMOM clinic is not accepting patients until Friday Morning. Shorts and t-shirts are acceptable on unloading day. The only MUST is CLOSED-TOE SHOES. No sandals, flip-flops, etc. We are lifting and setting up, so toes are vulnerable if exposed!
The next NCMOM clinic is quickly approaching! The clinic will be at the Dare County Parks and Recreation Center from October 28th-29th in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. Please consider volunteering or helping us by spreading the word. Thank you for your continuous support.
We’ll post more information here as we receive it!
We are up and running in Sylva, NC! We are so glad to be here! However, we are still in need of professional volunteers. Please help us spread the word!
Here are some photos from the clinic:
NCMOM-Sylva is right around the corner! We can’t wait to see everyone there. Please note that we are still accepting volunteers. Click here to sign up. If you would like to help but cannot volunteer, please help us by spreading the word. Thank you for your continuous support!
Parking for NCMOM-Sylva will be at the Community Services Building located at 538 Scotts Creek Rd, Sylva NC.
We will have people outside of the clinic helping with parking and directions, as well as some overflow parking. The Dept. of Transportation will be putting up flashing signs to help guide everyone to the clinic, so be on the lookout for those. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment on this post.
Thanks again. We can’t wait to see you at NCMOM-Sylva!
If you are a dentist or dental hygienist, It’s not too late to volunteer for NCMOM-Sylva! We need your support to help this clinic reach its full potential for helping those in need in the Sylva area. The more volunteers we have, the more people we can help.
To volunteer, simply click here.
If you cannot volunteer, but would still like to help, please assist us in spreading the word about this clinic.
An easy way to help: share a link to NCMOM’s Facebook, blog, YouTube or the NC Dental Society’s website with others through email or your own social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, blog, etc.) and tell people what we’re all about.
Thank you for your continuous support of NCMOM. You’re awesome!
Stay tuned for more information about NCMOM-Sylva. We will post information as we receive it.