Dental Tips Blog

Jan
7

6 Steps to Ensure Your Child Develops a Healthy Smile

Dental treatment is probably the last thing on your mind when you look lovingly at your newborn baby.

Even so, right now is the perfect time to start making sure your child has optimal dental health throughout her lifetime.

  1. Clean Her Mouth After Each Feeding

Even newborns should have their mouths gently wiped out after each feeding. This discourages the growth of bad microbes and freshens breath. It also gets your child comfortable with oral care from an early age.

  1. Massage the Gums

A gum massage feels good for a fussy baby when teeth start to come in. Use a clean finger wrapped in a cool damp cloth.

  1. See the Dentist by First Birthday or First Tooth

You don’t need to wait for all of your child’s teeth to come in to see the dentist. The ADA recommends the first dental visit before your child can even walk. This visit will ensure that all baby teeth are coming in according to schedule.

  1. Brush Daily with Fluoride Toothpaste

Fluoride is essential for strengthening children’s teeth against decay. Use only a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste for toddlers and a pea-sized amount once your child is mature enough to spit it out on her own.

  1. Discourage Thumb-Sucking

By age four, a habit of aggressive thumb-sucking can start to affect tooth alignment. Ask your dentist for advice on breaking this habit if your child doesn’t stop on her own.

  1. Get Dental Sealants

Sealants prevent decay from starting on new adult molars. They’re non-invasive, inexpensive, and can help your child hold onto those teeth for life.

Bring your child to the dentist for regular checkups throughout childhood to detect and prevent any possible issues.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

Aug
3

Are You Buying the Right Toothpaste for Your Family?

Toothpaste is more than just a special cleaner for the teeth – it has many other smile-friendly benefits. That’s why you need to select the right one based upon unique needs in your family.

How Do You Choose a Toothpaste?

There’s a wide range of packaging designs and flavors when it comes to toothpaste. Do you choose one based upon how it tastes? How much it costs? How sparkly the package is?

The most important basis for choosing a toothpaste for you family is its ingredients list.

Different toothpaste components serve different purposes.

For example:

  • Triclosan – prevents gingivitis
  • Baking soda – helps whiten teeth
  • Fluoride – cavity prevention
  • Potassium nitrate – anti-sensitivity

What Do You Need Toothpaste to Do?

Consider what your family members’ oral hygiene needs are and then select a toothpaste that will help address those concerns.

A sensitivity toothpaste is good for someone with gum recession, worn enamel, or lots of dental restorations. Fluoride pastes are good for everyone since they prevent cavities, but they’re especially important for children.

Whitening toothpastes won’t bleach teeth, but they are good for maintaining a bright tooth color after bleaching and reducing new stains. These are also ideal for your image-conscious teenager.

If someone in your family has swollen gums, braces, or a history of gum disease, then they could use the help of an antigingivitis toothpaste for plaque control.

Young kids like mild fruity flavors and bright colors in their toothpastes. It’s a bonus if it comes in a box with their favorite cartoon character on it. This type of fun toothpaste is great for getting your kids to cooperate when it’s time to brush their teeth.

Ask your dentist to suggest a cost-effective toothpaste that meets your family’s needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Aug
1

Fluoride – The Benefits, The Risks, The Alternatives

Some people believe fluoride is a toxin. Others, a vital defense against decay.

What are the facts?

Benefits of Fluoride

Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found around the world. Ingesting small amounts during childhood helps fortify the teeth and bones while they’re still developing.

Long into adulthood, regular topical fluoride exposure via toothpaste and rinses continue to help. They reinforce existing enamel with a natural cavity-resistant tooth material called fluorapatite. This process also attracts other minerals like calcium to strengthen weak spots.

Additionally, fluoride prevents cavity-causing bacteria from growing on the teeth.

Fluoride Risks

  • Ingesting too much fluoride during childhood can make teeth brittle and discolored
  • Ingesting a lots of fluoride at one time can cause an upset stomach

Besides these, fluoride has no other documented risks. You can easily reduce the only known risks by keeping fluoride products out of reach of children, and use as directed by your dentist.

Alternatives to Fluoride

Decay and enamel wear are caused by bacteria in plaque. This plaque forms within hours after brushing. The longer it’s on your teeth, the more likely it will cause damage. Fluoride keeps on working despite the presence of plaque. But without fluoride, you’ll probably have to brush and floss a lot more.

Make some diet changes. Cutting out sweet drinks, limiting snack sessions, reducing processed carbs, and eating lots of calcium are effective for reducing your cavity risk, naturally.

There are even some fluoride-free toothpastes on the market. To find one that works for you, ask your family dentist.

Proper use of fluoride is a smart way to prevent decay. Talk to your dentist to learn more!

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Apr
22

Should Your Kids Use Fluoride Toothpaste?

For many years, it was believed that toddlers should not have fluoride. But in light of how many babies are suffering from cavities, pediatric dentists and other health authorities have changed the recommendation.

Even Babies Need Fluoride

The first moment baby’s first teeth peek out of the gums, they are susceptible to cavities. From that point on, the enamel can benefit from regular fluoride exposure.

It’s not only okay, it’s now advised for parents to use a fluoride toothpaste with their babies and toddlers.

It’s mom and dad’s job to clean their child’s teeth and then continue to help them brush until they’re responsible enough to tie their own shoelaces. At that point, your child should also be well-practiced in spitting out excess toothpaste after brushing.

Isn’t Fluoride Dangerous for Kids?

Swallowing large amounts of fluoride at once can cause trouble. But the same goes for many other “safe” household and hygiene products, or even multivitamins.

You will be responsible for keeping fluoride toothpaste and rinses out of reach of children who cannot yet use them correctly. Ingesting a large amount of fluoride at once can be dangerous and you should seek medical help.

Frequently swallowing very small amounts of fluoride over many years during tooth development can cause a slight esthetic change in your child’s teeth.

But you have control over this aspect, as well, by ensuring your baby or toddler has only a rice grain-sized smear of toothpaste on the brush. Children age 3 and up may be able to handle a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

If you’re still uncertain, then by all means consult your family’s dentist. He or she will know best which kind of toothpaste is right for your kids.

Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 399-9199

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