Some parents feel that a child shouldn’t need to visit the dentist until they have some of their adult teeth in. Another common belief is that cavities in kids’ teeth don’t need to be filled because the teeth will fall out, anyway. It may seem like most kids don’t really care about the health of their smile.
Taking care of your child’s teeth is extremely important. Consider how your son or daughter could really benefit from regular dental care and diligent oral hygiene.
Spare Your Child Unnecessary Pain
A single baby tooth may not seem worthy of attention. But if even a single tooth is suffering from a cavity, your child could end up in a lot of pain. This discomfort is completely avoidable with early detection and treatment of dental issues.
Avoid Major Expenses Down the Road
By pursuing preventive treatment for your son or daughter, you can lay a foundation for their future that could save them on such costs. Fluoride, dental sealants, and conservative treatment in childhood can avert the need for costly crowns and other procedures later in life.
Would you rather pay a small amount for fluoride treatments now, or spend your child’s college fund on dental crowns 15 years in the future?
Protect Their Dignity and Self-Confidence
Even other children notice when one kid’s teeth look yucky or their breath smells bad. Poor oral hygiene could lead to your child feeling ashamed of his or her appearance. Help your son or daughter to take pride in keeping their smile sparkling clean! Visit your dentist as soon as possible to learn more about how to give your child their healthiest smile ever.
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10075 S Eastern Ave # 107
Henderson, NV 89052-3974
When it comes to after-school snacking, it certainly seems easiest to stock the refrigerator with prepackaged and processed goodies. You may want to think about having some healthier options on hand, and not just because they are healthier for your kids’ bodies – certain healthy (and tasty!) foods are great for your children’s dental health, too!
Whole Grains, Whole Lot of Healthy
Try to replace packaged sweets and white bread and pasta with whole grain options. The processed stuff uses a lot of unnatural sugar, which creates an acidic environment in your kids’ mouths. This acid promotes the growth of cavity-causing bacteria that feed on sugars such as those found in processed products.
Whole grains contain more fiber, which helps to cleanse the teeth and provide true brain-fuel. Try offering your kids whole grain bread and crackers, granola, and even popcorn as healthier carbohydrate options.
Steer Clear of Sugary Drinks!
Sports drinks, soda, and juices all contain harmful acids and sugars, so try to replace those as much as possible with sugar-free options and even just good plain water!
Provide Healthy Options
If your children are used to having certain snacks on hand, they may not be able to imagine anything else tasting good. Try to include them in the brainstorming process and have them help out in assembling mini yogurt parfaits, ants-on-a-log, seasoning popcorn, or making apple-slice-and-cheddar-cheese sandwiches. Encourage your kids to reach for the healthy options, but make those accessible to them. Keep fresh sweet pepper, cucumber, celery, and carrot slices at the ready for quick and easy munching.
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Rowe Family Dental Care
2320 Satellite Blvd NW #120
Duluth, GA 30096
When you think about what causes cavities, you probably think about eating candy and other sweets. It might surprise you to find out that some of the biggest cavity-causers aren’t related to candy – they’re actually things that we drink. Thinking that we’re drinking something good (or “less bad”) for us may actually be doing harm. Here are 3 common drinks that can literally destroy your healthy teeth.
Diet soda doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better for your teeth than regular soda. Low pH levels and artificial sweeteners still cause damage to your enamel. Don’t drink diet soda more often because you think it’s better for you, because it will still erode your tooth enamel.
You eat healthy, you work out, and you bring your sports drink with you to the gym or to rehydrate after a game. Did you know though, that sports drinks could actually cause more cavities than sodas? It’s true. Unless you’re a professional or Olympic athlete, it might be best to rehydrate with water instead.
A lot of parents put fruit juice in their children’s sippy cups or bottles because they know that juice is a natural drink choice for their child. That being said, it contains natural sugars, which still create an acidic environment inside of the mouth. When your child carries their cup along with them for hours a day, be it filled with milk or juice, they have almost a constant acid exposure. This is a recipe for extensive tooth decay!
The best way to prevent cavities from becoming aggressive is by scheduling a dental exam and check-up every 6 months. Your dentist will take x-rays to see between your teeth, where these types of liquid-induced cavities begin to form.
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Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
Halloween is one of children’s favorite holidays. After all, how often do you get to dress up in your favorite costume and collect as much candy as absolutely possible? While Halloween may seem like your dentist’s worst nightmare, there are ways to enjoy the event with your child, and also help take care of their teeth.
Some types of candy are worse on your teeth than others. For instance, acidic candies, or those that come in liquid form such as sprays, and even powders, are worse on your tooth enamel than candies that can quickly be chewed and swallowed. Chocolate, for example, is less sticky and doesn’t have as long of an exposure time clinging to the tooth as taffy would. In addition, sticky candy such as taffy can pull out dental fillings.
It’s all about moderation. Limit the number of exposures your child’s teeth get to candy (and cavity-causing acid) during the day by having them eat candy in one sitting, immediately after their meal, rather than snack on smaller amounts frequently throughout the day. Encourage them to drink lots of water afterward to rinse away the excess sugar. If you’re out running errands, give them a piece of Xylitol-based gum to chew, which can prevent plaque buildup and tooth decay.
Re-vamp your oral hygiene skills. Buy them an inexpensive electric toothbrush as well as some over the counter fluoride rinse to use as part of their bedtime routine. This can increase plaque removal and improve the strength of tooth enamel. While these aren’t excuses to eat as much candy as you want, all day long, they are definitely an added boost to help you get through periods of extra dental risk, such as holidays based around eating candy!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Dental Associates
Parents often give fruit juice and milk to their children, as part of a healthy snack. Where the mistake is made is giving these to children too frequently, or where the child is allowed to carry a cup along all day or put to bed at night with a bottle or sippy cup in the evening containing these fluids. The reason behind this is that frequent exposure to even natural sugars found in milk or fruit juice will produce acidic byproducts that feed bacterial plaque and lead to the erosion of tooth enamel. A common result of children being placed to bed at night with milk is “baby bottle tooth decay” – a severe form of pediatric dental disease. Limiting consumption of these liquids is best left for meal times only.
Between meals or at bedtime, water is the healthiest drink for your child’s teeth. Water provides a natural cleansing mechanism to wash away acid, bacteria and debris from the teeth. Keep water handy for your child, allowing them to drink it frequently. Not only does it hydrate better than other drinks, the cleansing mechanisms help access areas in the mouth that sometimes go untouched.
Fluoride levels in tap water are also beneficial to tooth formation and the reduction of tooth decay. Community water supplies have monitored levels of fluoride appropriate to the location, time of year, and population. Bottled water does not, and may contain very high or very low levels of fluoride because it is not regulated for bottled water consumption. Refrain from adding mixes or flavored drops to your water, as this adjusts the pH levels and exposes your teeth to acidic levels that promote decay.
Posted on behalf of Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.
As a parent, you may have applauded the end of the winter vacation. The kids are back in school, and you are back to your daily routine. Until the dreaded ‘parent / teacher’ letter shows up one day, saying that your son or daughter seems to not be paying attention in class.
A common cause for a loss of concentration in school is tooth decay. After seeing your pediatrician, make an appointment to see a pediadrict dentist. If there are no medical reasons that your child is not paying attention, and especially if this is a new problem, the cause may simply be that your son or daughter has a toothache.
Annually, in the United States, tooth aches and tooth decay account for over 50 million lost days at school. Tooth decay is an infectious disease, and while your son can not pass this to his friend in school, tooth decay will spread to other teeth if not treated promptly.
Tooth decay causes cavities in children. If these cavities are caught promptly, they are easy to fill and treat. Other problems that may arise if a child has tooth decay is a new problem in speaking or eating.
There are ways to prevent tooth decay, but if your child is experiencing new concentration problems at school, consider adding in a visit to your dentist as you try to determine the cause. Until then, encourage your child to brush twice daily, floss at least once a day, and help them by encouraging a healthy diet. One of the best ways a parent can help build good dental habits is by displaying these habits themselves. Parents are great examples of what to do (and not to do!). Help your child by making good brushing and flossing part of your daily routine in your home.
After decades of declining rates of tooth decay, recent reports of an increase in the number of cavities reported in baby teeth in children between the ages of 2 and 5 are a troubling indication of a potential reversal of decades of improved oral health in American. There are similar reports of increased tooth decay in Canadian children.
The studies did not focus on the reason for the increased rate of tooth decay in this age group, but speculation focuses on increased intake of sugary drinks and foods, drinking bottled water instead of fluorinated tap water, and parents concerned about upsetting their children who resist teeth brushing.
Experts suggest starting an oral health regimen with children early, even before teeth appear. Wiping your child’s gums or brushing gently with a soft, small brush can get them used to the routine. This way, they will understand that it is a normal part of everyday hygiene. Once the child’s teeth appear, brush twice a day, floss daily, and make the brushing and flossing routine mandatory.
In addition, dentists recommend not putting your baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. The sugars in these drinks will coat the child’s teeth the entire time they are asleep and can accelerate tooth decay. A bottle of water would be a better solution.
When it comes to snacks, steer clear of sugary snacks and drinks. Instead, try crunchy healthy foods like apples and carrots. These foods can actually help scrape off some of the plaque and are good for your child’s teeth.
Finally, start your child’s dental health off right by beginning regular dental cleanings and checkups at an early age. Most dentists recommend that children visit a pediatric dentist for the first time when they are one year old. If you start early, your child may get used to the dentist and avoid dental anxiety later in life.
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