Dental Tips Blog

Sep
13

Fruit Juice—Is It Wrecking Your Child’s Smile?

Fruit juice contains vitamins like vitamin A or C depending on the variety. Additionally, it’s caffeine-free and doesn’t have all the chemicals found in soda.

As a parent, you want your child to enjoy drinks that are both healthy and appealing, so juice is a natural choice.

But once you know what fruit juice could do to your kid’s smile, then you may not be so quick to offer it.

The Dangers of Fruit Juice

You probably know that juices from concentrate are usually loaded with sweeteners. But you might be surprised to learn that even juice that’s squeezed fresh from organic fruit has too much sugar for your kid’s teeth.

Fruit is a natural source of sugar. A little bit in small amounts is perfectly fine. Your child needs the vitamins and minerals found in certain fruits. But when you kid enjoys their fruit in liquid form, they’re getting a high concentration of sugar minus most of the healthful fiber.

That sugar fuels cavity-causing bacteria, which make tooth structure start to develop cavities. The acids that are also found in fruit juice make matters worse by dissolving tooth enamel.

Is Your Child Drinking Too Much Juice?

If your child is sipping on fruit juice throughout the day, then he or she is bathing their teeth in sugar. Limit your child’s juice intake to mealtimes and try to offer whole fruits instead of juice to supplement their diet. Encourage your little one to drink water when they’re thirsty.

Talk with your pediatric dentist if you’re worried that your child may be drinking too much juice. You’ll get tips on how to reduce your child’s cavity risk and promote healthy drink choices.

Posted on behalf of:
West Hill Family Dental
132 New Britain Avenue
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 563-3303

Jan
7

What to Do if Your Child Breaks a Tooth

A slip in the bathtub or hit with a softball can instantly change your plans for the day. Here’s what you can do if your child accidentally fractures their tooth.

Broken Tooth Emergency

Be there for your child. He or she may be in pain from the accident and shaken up from realizing a part of their tooth is gone. Reassure them that everything will be okay and then find out whether their tooth hurts.

Recover any fractured tooth pieces to show the dentist. Have your child rinse out with warm water to cleanse their mouth of any debris. They can gently hold gauze if there is any bleeding. Place an ice pack on the outside of their cheek to help reduce swelling and pain.

Call your dentist to find out how soon your child can get in for an emergency dental appointment.

Fixing a Child’s Broken Tooth

Your dentist will explain a few options for repairing the broken tooth.

If it’s a baby tooth that’s severely damaged, then it may need to be extracted. On the other hand, if the nerve is not compromised and the tooth is structurally-sound, then a stainless steel crown may be sufficient to hold things together.

Small chips in adult and baby teeth alike can be polished out. Uneven edges can be filled in with dental bonding to smooth them out. Unfortunately, severe cracks often call for a root canal and crown to help permanent teeth stay with your child for life.

Which treatment method is right for your child depends on their age and the extent of the damage that occurred.

Call your dentist right away if your child breaks a tooth to know which steps to take first.

Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

Nov
27

There’s No Such Thing as Too Early When it Comes to Brushing Baby’s Teeth!

It’s never too soon to start brushing baby’s teeth.

In fact, you should have your child in the habit of brushing long before their first teeth even arrive.

How do you brush baby teeth, especially if no teeth have come in yet?

Cleaning Infant Mouths

From the very first day your baby starts feeding, it’s time to start cleaning her mouth.

Use a clean soft cloth dampened with a little warm water to gently swab out your child’s mouth. Pay attention to wiping their gums. This regular massage will feel good on your little one’s tissues when the teeth do start coming through, and will make it easier to introduce her to a toothbrush later on.

Brushing the First Teeth

Start using an infant toothbrush once the first tooth shows up. Baby brushes have small heads with very soft bristles and a handle that’s easy for mom and dad to hold onto.

All teeth, even those very first baby teeth, need fluoride. Use just a tiny smear of children’s fluoride toothpaste, no more than a rice grain-sized amount.

Gently scrub your baby’s teeth. It’s okay if you can’t get the most thorough brushing in while she’s still small. The important thing is your child is getting used to brushing and her teeth are getting the fluoride they need to resist decay.

Visit a Pediatric Dentist

Take your child to a pediatric or family dentist by the time she is a year old or has her first tooth. At this first dental visit, the dentist will check for developmental problems and give you more tips on keeping your child’s smile healthy right from the very start.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

Aug
20

Get Your Kids Excited About Brushing!

As a parent, you already know that kids have to want to do what you want them to do. You do all you can to turn daily ordinary tasks into fun ones that kids enjoy. Peas on a spoon turn into an airplane, and so on…

When your kids figure out that these chores aren’t really fun, you start bribing them with things they do like. For example, getting an allowance for doing dishes.

Have you put such principles to work in your kids’ tooth brushing routine?

Oral hygiene is extremely important to your children’s overall health. Here are a few tips to get your kids excited about their dental health.

Phone a Friend

This friend may be the support of another adult your child respects or it could mean invoking encouragement from your kid’s favorite superhero. When your child understands that everyone they admire is brushing their teeth, they’ll be more likely to want to do it too.

Use a Reward System

Give them something simple like a sticker every time they brush their teeth. If they earn their daily sticker quota for a month, they get rewarded with a special outing or prize.

Lead by Example

If your child sees you brushing and flossing every day without fail, they’ll soon understand that oral hygiene is just an essential part of life. Jazz up your routine by brushing with your tiny tot and turning it into a friendly competition.

Let the Kids Lead

When kids get a say in a matter, they’ll feel good about taking responsibility. Let your children pick out toothbrushes and toothpaste they like. Odds are, they’ll be proud to use them!

Contact your family or pediatric dentist for more ideas.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Aug
2

5 Causes of Bad Breath in Kids

Posted in Bad Breath

Wondering why your child’s breath smells so bad? There are a few possible reasons to consider.

  1. Poor Oral Hygiene

If your child has a lot of plaque bacteria and food debris in his or her mouth, this is most likely the cause of the stench. Tooth brushing and flossing are critical to removing plaque buildup and keeping breath fresh. Your child may need more help with maintaining a good routine of oral hygiene.

  1. Digestive Trouble

Bad breath could have its roots in a more serious issue. Digestive problems, for example, may be to blame. Indigestion and lactose intolerance are a couple possibilities.

  1. Cavities

A cavity is an actively rotting tooth. Your child’s foul breath could be an indication that they have a few spots of active decay in need of treatment.

  1. Infection and Allergies

An infection in the mouth or sinus drainage may give off a strong odor. Sinus infection can also lead to dry mouth and an increase in bacteria, both of which make breath stink.

  1. Dry Mouth

Have you noticed that your child’s mouth looks a little dry? Dehydration, certain medications, allergies, or just a habit of mouth-breathing can dry out oral tissues. Without sufficient saliva, you child’s oral environment will host more smelly germs.

What to Do About Bad Breath in Kids

Help your kids stay hydrated with plenty of water to avoid dry mouth. Sweet drinks will only promote the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Teach your children about the importance of good oral hygiene and help them brush and floss daily.

Lastly, schedule a visit to the dental office to find out what specifically could be causing your child’s bad breath.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

Aug
1

4 Ways Taking Care of Your Kids’ Oral Health Pays Off

Is it a waste of money to repair baby teeth? What benefits are there to keeping your child’s primary teeth clean and healthy?

Here are four ways that your young family will benefit by focusing on the best oral health possible.

Dental Appointments Will be Easy on You and Your Kids

Some parents dread trips to the doctor, dentist, or hair salon since they know their kids will be kicking and screaming all the way. You can spare yourself the headache and embarrassment by knowing how to prepare your children for their dental visits.

A dedicated routine of brushing and flossing will keep those dental trips brief and comfortable. The more regular your kids are with their check-ups, the easier it gets to sit through them!

Great Smile Health = Better Overall Wellness

You may not see the effects right away, but your kids will thank you later on. A healthy smile is connected to a healthy body. By avoiding tooth decay and gingivitis in the early years, your child will have a decreased risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and immune health problems in adulthood.

You’ll Save on Dental Bills Now … and Later

Preventative dental treatment including cleanings, sealants, and fluoride is inexpensive compared with crowns, implants, and dentures. You can avoid fillings now and down the road by keeping your child’s teeth healthy at a young age.

Your Child Will Have a Confidence Money Can’t Buy

Kids with healthy smiles can show them off without worrying about silver teeth or bad breath. Give your child the gift of a healthy smile and you’ll be giving him or her the foundation for true beauty and confidence.

Contact your local pediatric dentist to learn more about children’s dental wellness.

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

Feb
6

How to Know if Your Child Needs Dental Sealants

How to Know if Your Child Needs Dental Sealants

You may already know that dental sealants are not the same thing as fillings. A restoration like a filling is something the dentist places after a tooth is damaged by a cavity. Sealants help to block out damage before it starts.

So what determines whether your child is a candidate for sealants?

Seal-Out Decay

Kids tend to have a hard time with proper brushing. They also love to eat sticky sweet snacks that pack into teeth and promote cavities. Sealing it off with a tiny bit of white resin-based material provides a barrier between the tooth and harmful bacteria or acid.

Sealants are instrumental in giving kids the upper hand over cavities. They’re now routinely offered in most dental offices as a preventative treatment. Sealing your child’s molars as early as possible can help them avoid getting cavities and spare them a lot of headache down the road.

How Groovy Are Your Kid’s Teeth?

Sealants are recommended for all kids. But, some kids need them even more than others. If your child has molars with really deep grooves on the chewing surfaces, then they could benefit from getting those sealed off shortly after the tooth erupts.

Age Matters

Generally-speaking, most dentist don’t recommend sealing baby teeth. Even though your child’s first teeth are important, the grooves are usually quite shallow. It’s the permanent teeth that have deep grooves, making them a priority to protect.

To find out whether your child is ready for sealants, schedule an appointment with your kids dentist. You’ll find out which teeth need to be repaired with fillings. . . and which teeth can avoid fillings with the help of dental sealants!

Posted on behalf of:
Atlantic Dental Partners
729 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 390-8484

Dec
18

What Makes a Pediatric Dentist Different?

As a parent, you might wonder whether your dental office is equipped to address your kids’ dental needs. Or you might see a trip to a pediatric dentist as pointless.

Once you understand just what a pediatric dentist does, you’ll be prepared to make the best decision for your family.

How a Pediatric Dentist Can Make a Difference

Pediatric dentists go through the same basics of dental school like any other dental provider. Some dentists, however, choose to continue their studies in a specific area of focus.

Individuals who choose to learn more about treating children typically do so because they care very much about helping kids get the care they need. These dentists get tons of experience in operating on developing teeth, prescribing medicine for small bodies, and putting worried little minds at ease.

Some kids benefit more from this expertise such as those who:

  • Need complicated treatment
  • Require advanced dental sedation
  • Have special needs
  • Are very anxious about dental care

The Needs of Your Children

As long as your kids don’t need any specialized dental treatment and they tolerate dental visits just fine, then you could let them keep seeing the regular dentist.

It’s usually a lot easier to keep the family together at one practice. You can schedule multiple family members’ appointments for a single day and get everything done in one trip.

But could your child benefit from the specialized care of a pediatric dentist? Contact your regular dentist for an expert opinion. If your kids need more than what your dentist is equipped to provide, then he or she will give you the best recommendations.

Posted on behalf of:
Sweetpea Smiles
15850 Southwest Fwy #400
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 566-6100

Nov
26

How to Clean Your Baby’s Teeth

Tooth development in your baby starts before he or she is even born. From the moment your precious bundle reaches your arms, it’s your responsibility to give your child a foundation for a healthy smile. How do you get started?

Before the Teeth Show Up

Even as a wee thing, your baby should have his or her mouth cleaned on a regular basis. After each feeding, gently wipe down your child’s gums with a piece of moist, soft cloth. No toothpaste, please!

As you do this, your baby will get accustomed to the concept of having his or her mouth cleaned. It will also feel good on sore gums when the first teeth start arriving!

Cleaning Those First Pearly Whites

From the time the first baby tooth erupts, you can switch to an infant toothbrush. Be cautious about using toothpaste. You need to watch out how much fluoride small children have in their mouths. Ask your dentist for recommendations tailored to your child’s needs.

Bring your baby in for their first dental exam by about the age of 1. Your dentist will make sure all teeth are coming in as they should and that no other problems are present.

When to Introduce Brushing

Baby teeth are essential as placeholders for their adult successors. It’s important to keep them clean! By around age 3 you might start teaching your child how to hold and use a toothbrush. Even after this, you should continue to supervise their brushing habits and make sure they aren’t ingesting too much toothpaste.

For more tips on safe and effective oral hygiene for your baby, call your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

Nov
24

How Sports Drinks Affect Kids’ Teeth

This summer, your children will hopefully be enjoying time outdoors. Running around in the heat for sports practice or just for fun works up a powerful thirst.

Because these drinks are meant to rehydrate the body, they might seem like a healthier option than soda. But is that true?

What’s in the Drink?

You might be surprised to learn that sports drinks commonly contain ingredients that are even more harmful than those found in soda. These include sugar and citric acid.

Citric acid will wear down the surface of your kids’ teeth. And the sugar provides fuel to acid-producing, cavity-causing bacteria. This combination is a recipe for cavities!

To Brush or Not to Brush…

Will it help if your kid brushes after having a sports drink?

NO! Brushing immediately afterwards will only spread the acid around to other teeth and wear down the enamel even more.

Rinsing with water is a good idea. But wait about a half hour or so before brushing. This gives your mouth a chance to balance out its acid levels and lets saliva naturally reinforce tooth enamel.

Reach for Water!

The safest bet for your family is plain water. Sports drinks are intended to be beneficial in occasional cases of extreme dehydration where vital electrolytes and minerals are lost. In most instances of physical exercise, pure water is all that’s needed to safely rehydrate.

Water is also perfectly safe for your kids’ teeth!

Make water readily available to your kids this summer as they make the most of long sunny days. Don’t forget to schedule a visit to your local dentist to make sure the kids’ smiles are healthy for the season!

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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