Decorate Some Fun Teeth Cupcakes to Sink Your Real Teeth Into

Make some tasty teeth cupcakes to celebrate a dental school graduation or to do something special for your little one after he loses a tooth. It's so simple to make these treats, and they look like you put in a lot more effort than they actually require. You can pick up tubes of colored decorating gel and icing to cut the work time involved, or mix your own decorative frosting and apply it with a cake decorating set.

Gather Your Supplies

Get everything you need ready before you begin to decorate. It makes everything go more quickly, plus you don't have the frustration of hunting for missing supplies while your icing is drying out. You'll need the following:

  • Two dozen cupcakes
  • A 10-ounce tub of white cake frosting
  • A 1-ounce tube of pink gel frosting
  • A 3-ounce tube of red cake frosting
  • A frosting knife
  • A toothpick
  • A picture of a smiling mouth (optional)

Turn Plain Cupcakes Into Teeth Cupcakes

Get started by dividing the white frosting equally between the cupcakes. Spread the frosting out on the cupcakes so it's flat and smooth. Then add the teeth and lips to the plain white frosting.

Use the toothpick and your imagination to draw a pair of open lips and a set of teeth in the frosting. Just press the tip of the toothpick lightly in the surface of the frosting. It doesn't need to be deep. If you aren't happy with the way it looks, use the frosting knife to smooth out the frosting and try again.

Open the pink gel frosting and squeeze the tube gently while tracing a thin line of pink gel around each tooth. Open the red gel and gently squeeze the tube to fill in the lips on each tooth cupcake. If the red frosting on the lips looks uneven, use the frosting knife to smooth out the surface of the red frosting. Just be careful that it doesn't smear outside the lines.

Serve the colorful toothy cupcakes on a large platter with your favorite punch, coffee or cold milk. Just make sure everyone brushes and flosses after enjoying the sugary treats to keep teeth healthy.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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As we get older, dental care for adults is crucial. Here are a few of the conditions to be aware of:

Gum disease – if your home care routine of brushing and flossing has slipped and you have skipped your regular dental cleanings, bacterial plaque and tartar can build up on your teeth. The plaque and tartar, if left untreated, may eventually cause irreparable damage to your jawbone and support structures, and could lead to tooth loss.

Oral cancer – according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, men over the age of 40 have the greatest risk for oral cancer. About approximately 43,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer of the mouth, tongue or throat area, and the ACS estimates that about 7,000 people will die from these cancers. The use of tobacco products and alcohol increases the risk of oral cancer. Most oral cancers are first diagnosed by the dentist during a routine checkup.

Dental fillings break down – fillings have a life expectancy of eight to 10 years. However, they can last 20 years or longer. When the fillings in your mouth start to break down, food and bacteria can get underneath them and can cause decay deep in the tooth.