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The Back-to-School Lunchbox- Making Healthy Food Choices

It is that time again- time for all the kiddos to go back to school for another year of learning, growing, and… eating! What you pack in your child’s lunchbox is important for their overall health, and the health of their teeth and mouth! What kinds of food and drinks are the best for your kids? What healthy foods are easily packed in their lunchbox?

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Mouthguards: Protecting Your Child’s Teeth

With the start of a new school year fast approaching, your kids will soon be busy with countless activities. Whether it’s contact sports, gymnastics, or just playing with friends, your child runs the risk of painful (and expensive) oral injuries. 

 

What if there was a simple precautionary measure that could greatly reduce your child’s risk of injury to the jaw, mouth, and teeth, while also lowering the risk of concussion and trauma? That would be an investment worth making, right?

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May is National Water Safety Month

With the warming weather, many people take to water to stay cool. As children get out of school for summer break, the use of pools and other water recreation increases. How can we be aware of dangers, and keep our children safe, around water? The National Water Safety Month website has a lot of great resources to help, and you can find it here.

  

  

  

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School is out (Almost)! Are your kids (and their teeth) ready for summer?

The end of the school year brings many stresses with it, including awards programs, recitals, class parties, and the all-dreaded end of term exams!  Lives are very busy that last month of the school year- sometimes it feels like there is not time for proper oral hygiene.  However, to make the top score on their dental exams, your kids need to learn and practice proper oral hygiene year round!

Routine dental exams, proper brushing and flossing, and healthy eating habits are among our top recommendations for making sure your little ones’ teeth get an A+ by summertime. It’s important to teach your kids to care for those pearly whites at a young age, so that they can make top marks on dental exams throughout their lives!

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Tween & Teen Whitening: When is it Safe to Whiten?

A discolored smile can be a big problem for many young people, making them shy or uncomfortable with the way they look.  On the other hand, having whiter teeth can boost self confidence and help them feel comfortable with their smile. Before you slap a whitening strip on your tween or teen’s teeth, however, make sure you weigh all the risks and benefits.  While a youth’s teeth may not be as white as they would like,  using whitening or bleaching products might not be the best idea for their overall oral health.  It is good to know all of the factors, the different products available, and possible side effects associated with whitening before going ahead with it.

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The Tooth Fairy

In America, February 28th is National Tooth Fairy Day.  What is the history of this mythical fairy and dentist’s helper?  Where did she come from, and how did she become what she is today?

The Tooth Fairy is a magical fairy that visits children after they lose a baby tooth.  The legend says that if a child puts their tooth under their pillow, the Tooth Fairy will replace it with a small payment or gift.  It is a legend that goes back a long time.

There are many traditions having to do with losing teeth in many countries throughout the world.  In early Europe, there are legends of parents paying their children for their baby teeth.  It is also said that the Vikings paid children for their teeth, which were believed to bring them good luck in battle.

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Preventing Tooth Decay: Are Dental Sealants Necessary?

When we eat or drink anything containing sugar, the plaque (a film of sticky bacteria) on our teeth turns the sugar into acids that eat away at tooth enamel.  Over time, this can cause tooth decay, or holes in the teeth called cavities.  There is, however, a great way to protect your teeth and prevent tooth decay.

A dental sealant is a resin that is applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth, mostly in children and teens.  The sealant fills in the pits and grooves on the tooth’s surface, acting as a barrier to keep out plaque and food particles.  This is recommended by dental professionals to keep decay from starting in the deep grooves of the molar surfaces.  

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Your Child’s Teeth From Ages 6 to 12

As children grow and change, their jaws and teeth change too.  Over time, their primary (baby) teeth are replaced by their permanent (adult) teeth.  Teeth, in both stages, need to be properly cared for.  The American Dental Association (ADA) has given us many guidelines and resources to help you take care of your child’s changing teeth.

Typically, a child begins to lose their baby teeth at around age 5-6, when they lose their top and bottom front teeth, called incisors.  By the age of 12, most children have lost all 20 of their baby teeth, and have filled their mouths with most of their permanent adult teeth.  By the age of 21, up to 32 permanent teeth will fill their smile.

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Fluoride in Water- Is it Safe?

Whether or not it is safe to put fluoride in drinking water has been up for debate for quite some time.  Do the benefits outweigh the risks?  Is it deemed safe for the population as a whole?  How does fluoridated water benefit me and my family?  Let’s take a look at what the American Dental Association says about this topic.

According to the ADA, scientific research done over the last 70 years has consistently shown that “an optimal level of fluoride in community water is safe and effective in preventing tooth decay by at least 25% in both children and adults.” As of 2012, about 75% of American communities fluoridate their water supply, which is simply adding fluoride to the tap water supply to bring it up to the optimal level to help prevent cavities.  According to their website, the American Dental Association (ADA) “supports community water fluoridation as the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay.”

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Did you know that National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) is celebrating its 75th year in 2016?  This national program began in 1941 as a single day event in Cleveland, Ohio.  It took place February 3rd of that year. The American Dental Association became involved in the program in 1949, holding a “dental health day” on February 8th.  Later it was changed to a week long event, covering more than just one city, and in 1981, it became the national month long program that we know today as  National Children’s Dental Health Month.

Every February, the American Dental Association, or ADA, sponsors the National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about oral health issues.  The focus is on children because good oral health habits, and regular dental office visits at a young age, help to jumpstart a healthy mouth throughout a lifetime.  Good oral hygiene from an early age leads to healthy teeth and gums, and aids in the prevention of cavities, gum disease, and other oral ailments.

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