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Happy Halloween! (scary teeth and candy eating tips)

Terrified of cavities!

We hope you have a fantastic Halloween! We have a warm place in our hearts for this scary holiday here at Mead Family Dental. Last year we featured Kathy as an undead pirate. I can hardly wait to see what she’s come up with this year!

As a dentist, Halloween makes me think of two things. Scary Halloween teeth and all that candy.

First…check out some of the very cool, very scary Halloween teeth I’ve found.

For those of you who prefer the horrifying monster look we have “minion fangs” found at



“Dental Distortions” ( provides several terrifying options for vampire fans.

For those who prefer their fangs on canine teeth you can choose the “nightslayer” option.





My personal preference has the fangs on the lateral incisors on the “nightbreed” model.




If you prefer a more demonic look I highly recommend the “Lucius” model.





And finally, no discerning trick or treater would want to miss a sweet halloween grill (from



Now, on a more serious note, let’s talk about candy. Halloween is a huge candy holiday. Americans buy 600 million pounds of candy each Halloween. That’s a lot of candy. And that’s some serious potential for tooth decay.

There are some things that parents can do to reduce the risks of decay for their trick or treaters. Here’s a few ideas:

It’s tough being a dentist on Halloween. But it’s my duty to spread the word about how we can reduce the risk of cavities for our little ghosts and goblins!

Did you like this post? Do you have any questions I could answer? Feel free to email me at or call us at the office at (989) 799-9133. This Saginaw dentist is always taking new patients and we’d love to be your Saginaw dental office!

On Labor Day

We can thank this man for Labor Day

The United States celebrates Labor Day today. Most of us celebrate Labor Day with a long weekend and a day off for the holiday on Monday. But do you know how Labor Day came about? I didn’t, so I did a little research…

  • Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894, under president Grover Cleveland. The holiday had been celebrated as a “workingmen’s holiday” by labor unions since 1882. Many states made the holiday official soon after, but only after the infamous Pullman Strike did the president and congress move to make it a national holiday. The holiday honors working people and labor unions as well as to memorialize their struggles in the past.
  • In many other parts of the world it’s the first day of May (May Day) that celebrates workers and labor unions. In the U.S., May Day became the traditional “beginning of Spring” holiday because during the Cold War era the Soviet and Eastern Block countries essentially annexed the holiday.
  • Labor Day is also a landmark time for football fans. The college football season usually starts the weekend prior to Labor Day and the NFL begins it’s regular season the week following Labor Day. (Miami University was drubbed by Mizzou and USC edged out University of Minnesota–Doc’s alma maters) 2014 update: Miami was drubbed by Marshall (I’m seeing a pattern here) and Minnesota crushed Eastern Illinois.
  • For the fashion conscious Labor Day traditionally marks the time where you put away your white clothing.
  • Michigan has a 54 year long tradition of walking the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day. The governor leads the 5 mile walk across the Straits of Mackinac and if you’re lucky enough to be one of 400 names drawn you can run the 5 mile bridge run.
  • Perhaps most importantly, Labor Day signals the end of summer. Here in Michigan, it’s the last big tourist weekend and it’s even law that public schools cannot begin their school year until after Labor Day!

The Mackinac Bridge, where a Labor Day tradition lives

So there you have it. A short primer about Labor Day. That’s a lot of information for me to throw at you just to let you know that we won’t be open on September 5th. We will re-open on September 6th with our normal schedule. We hope that you enjoy your holiday weekend, and we hope you have a wonderful autumn 2011!

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Warning Labels for Pop

You’ve probably seen it in the news. The FDA will require graphic new warning labels on cigarettes starting in September of 2012.

The labels will be large, covering a large part of the pack of cigarettes. They’ll also be pretty gory. You can see all of the new designs at the FDA’s website.

Some are pretty sure they’ll help reduce smoking. Others are a bit skeptical.

I don’t think that these labels are actually meant to educate smokers about the health risks of cigarettes. Everyone knows that cigarettes are horrible for you in many different ways. What the gruesome photos are meant to do is remind you that you’re making a poor decision right at the time you’re making the decision (when you’re going for a cigarette). Will it help? I’m not sure,but I expect the new regulation will trigger a boom in cigarette case sales.

Dentistry’s version of “everyone knows it’s bad for you but does it anyway” is pop. Or soda for those of you in the northeast. Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sun Drop. All that stuff is a double whammy for teeth. The acid in it causes the pH in your mouth to drop, which makes cavities. The sugar in it causes the bugs in your mouth to create acid, which lowers your mouth’s pH, which makes cavities.

Just like cigarettes, there’s no redeeming value to pop, except that people like to drink it.

So why not require a label on each and every soda can that reminds the drinker that they’re making a terrible choice every time they choose to have a pop?

I suggest this:

or perhaps…

Admit it. You might put down the Mountain Dew if you saw this.

What not to do.

Bottle Opener

Don’t do this*.


That is all.

*If you already did, and something broke…we can help.  We see most emergencies immediately. Call us at (989) 799-9133 or email me at

This is how you should drink pop…

If you’re going to drink pop, here’s how you should do it.

I’m only kidding a little bit here.  Let me explain.

Pop has all kinds of acid in it.  Different pops have higher or lower pH, but all of them have a lot of acid.  Your teeth already have to deal with acid on a regular basis because sugars that you eat can be turned into acid by the tooth bugs that are already there.  Adding a bunch of sugary and acidic soda just makes it that much worse.

So stick with me here.  Each time you take a sip or a gulp of soda, the acid in it is attacking your teeth. Your saliva takes a certain amount of time to buffer that “acid attack” whether you just sipped or drank a whole can.

So do the math.  If it takes you an entire afternoon to sip yourself through a can of soda, you are having an almost constant acid attack for hours at a time.  If you drink like the guys above, then you have one acid attack and then your saliva can bring your mouth’s pH back to a normal healthy level.

Yes, you’re reading this correctly…this Saginaw dentist is giving you permission to guzzle.  Or better yet, have water instead.

Questions or comments about this post?  Email me at  I always answer my own emails!

(Note to reader…do yourself a favor and do not search YouTube for “chugging.”)

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