Summer is upon us! It's prime time for picnics, playing outdoors and barbecues galore. It's an ideal time for healthy living and exercise, as well as a great time to think of healthy little teeth. Here are some of our favorite options in any Summer scenario that will guide healthy choices for your child's smile.
On The Go - Fruit pouches are convenient to pack for an on-the-go lunch, but opt for a piece of whole fruit instead - it provides a sweet treat without added sugars and preservatives.
Thirst-Quenchers - The sugar in sports drinks can cause decay and cavities between little teeth, so to quench your child's thirst after a day of playing outside in the sun, reach for tap water instead.
Salty Snacks - Potato chips are a picnic classic, but the starch in potatoes can get stuck between teeth. Crackers and pretzels made with whole-grains provid...
It’s happened to all of us. You’re unpacking your travel bag after a long trip, and you’re dyin’ to get to bed. Eager to brush up and hit the rack, you grab your toothbrush, and aim for the toothpaste. Nothing. Groggy-eyed, you fumble around some more, searching. Still nothing. Looks like you forgot the toothpaste – again. After the front desk informs you they’re out, you wonder what you’re going to do. Should you even bother to brush? Well, as it turns out, according to the American Dental Association, brushing without toothpaste might be just what you needed.
In a six-month trial published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, patients who first brushed their teeth with a toothbrush that didn’t contain toothpaste (and then with toothpaste afterwards) saw a 63% reduction in plaque build-up, and a 55% drop in bleeding. Now that’s something worth co...
You’ve finally figured it out! You’ve got the pantry stocked with all sorts of nutritious food your whole family loves and you’re not turning back. But wait. There might be something those labels aren’t telling you … how good those “good” foods are for your teeth. (This is when we duck!) “Oh, come on, already!” you say. We know, we know. Now, we don’t want you to rearrange your whole pantry, and we’re not asking you to eliminate any of these items either. It is helpful to know how some foods you might think of as harmless can contribute to decay, though, so here’s the “dirty four.”
Sticky and Chewy: If it’s sticky when you chew it, it’s likely sticking between and to your teeth as well. And food that sticks to your teeth means your teeth are in contact with the sugars within those foods for much longer than they would be otherwise. All sorts of healthy f...
Good oral and dental hygiene can help you avoid cavities and tooth decay. Below are some tips to help prevent cavities. Ask your dentist which tips are best for you.
Brush with fluoride toothpaste after eating or drinking. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and ideally after every meal, using fluoride-containing toothpaste. To clean between your teeth, floss or use an interdental cleaner. If you can't brush after eating, at least try to rinse your mouth with water. If you have a young child, ask the dentist how much fluoride toothpaste to put on your child's toothbrush so your child gets the cavity-fighting benefits without getting too much fluoride.
Rinse your mouth. If your dentist feels you have a high risk of developing cavities, he or she may recommend that you use a mouth rinse with fluoride.
Baby teeth can start coming in as early as five months. By one year, a child typically has six baby teeth: usually the top four front teeth, and the bottom two front teeth. By three years old, children should have all 20 of their baby teeth.
Some children are actually born with teeth. We call them natal teeth, or milking teeth. In fact, in my residency I was called to the hospital to evaluate a 12-hour old child with multiple teeth. Because there was a risk of aspiration, we had to pull them. I really hope the Tooth Fairy made an early stop to that baby!
There's nothing worse than having to subject your child to the whir of the dentist's drill because simple oral hygiene habits were not followed. Sure, kids hate flossing as much as adults, but if we're successful at instilling good behavior early on in life, those habits will provide them with a healthy mouth that will keep them smiling indefinitely. "Ignore your teeth and they'll go away," the old slogan used to say - and it's still true today. Protecting your child's teeth from cavities can be as simple as following a few simple recommendations.
Here are 11 easy things you can do to keep cavities from taking root in your child's mouth - and yours for that matter!
Regular brushing and flossing: Brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day.
Don't share your food and drink: Cavities can actually be c...
From our friends at the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentists)
Question: Can cavities be spread through saliva?
Answer: It’s likely common knowledge that illnesses such as the flu and the common cold are contagious. But many parents might be surprised to find out the bacteria that causes cavities is also contagious, and can be passed along through saliva! As a parent or caregiver, this is important to keep in mind when going about your day with your little one. It’s best to avoid activities such as sharing a plate or blowing on your child’s food in order to help prevent sharing saliva that might carry cavity-causing bacteria. While it’s important to be aware of this, remember, the number one way to prevent cavities is to brush and floss each morning and night. Don’t forget to supervise your little ones during these daily dental routines until they are s...
Halloween is around the corner, which for most children means bags of free candy and a chance to build a stockpile of sweets for the winter. No surprise, Halloween can also present parents with a variety of health and safety challenges.
Here are 10 ways you can help your children stay MouthHealthy during Halloween and year-round.
Time It Right
Eat Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.
Choose Candy Carefully
Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Aside from how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay. Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subjec...