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Child coughing

We all know the ghastly damage tooth decay can do to children’s teeth. What many parents may be unaware of is that tooth decay, tender gums and periodontal disease can also increase the risk of lung infections.

That news can make even the sweetest candy bar leaving a long-term sour taste in kids’ overall health.

As Colgate.com’s Jenny Green notes, when oral bacteria travel from the mouth to the lungs, they can give way to dangerous viruses like pneumonia. This increases a person’s symptoms of chronic respiratory conditions like emphysema.

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Posted by & filed under Brushing, Cavity Prevention, Dental Tips, Toothpaste.

Mom and daughter brushing their teeth

The undisputed, unmatched power of a toothbrush, toothpaste, water and a regular twice a day teeth brushing schedule saves the world’s mouths billions of cavities each year. But what financial savings can these dental superheroes have on your family’s budget?

Simply put, teethbrushing’s wallet savings power is limitless.

“The absolute cheapest way to make your own dental experience better is to commit to brushing, flossing your teeth and eating a healthy diet,” Cleveland dentist Matt Messina told U.S. News & World Report’s website. “Those are pennies that breed dollars of savings later on. The cheapest cavity is the one you never get.”

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Posted by & filed under Baby Teeth, Infant Tooth Tips, Teething.

Baby biting parent's finger during teething

As I watch my five-week-old daughter (thankfully) sleep peacefully, I’m silently dreading the painful cries and discomfort that are just a few months down the road. Unfortunately, they will be cries she can sink her new teeth into.

Alas, the beauty of baby teeth comes with a rough caveat: There will likely be screams, tears and my own fears of feeling helpless to ease her pain. The teething process can be extremely tough on infants, leading to tender and puffy gums.

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Posted by & filed under Oral Health, Thumbsucking.

Older child sucking his thumb while sleeping

Thumb sucking is a rite of passage for infants worldwide. This natural reflex makes newborns, infants and toddlers feel safe and happy. Alas, by age 5, thumb sucking can become a permanent dental problem for young children.

Dental professionals universally give long-term thumb sucking a thumbs down for the long-term damage it can inflict on children’s oral health. If children continue to thumb suck after permanent teeth come in, the habit can cause problems with both tooth alignment and your child’s bite. The aggressiveness, frequency and duration of thumb sucking will determine whether dental problems will emerge.

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Smiling baby with two baby teeth

What type of toothpaste should my child brush with?

It’s one of the first questions parents ask themselves and their dentists when they begin teaming with their children on the care of their new teeth. The American Dental Association advises parents go with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth comes in.

It may just be the simplest anion of fluorine, but fluoride is a highly-recommended cavity fighter for young children due to the alarming number of American children suffering from untreated tooth decay. Research by HealthyChild.org shows fluoride can help reduce cavities in children by up to 30 percent.

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Posted by & filed under Dental Tips, Flossing, Pediatric Dentistry.

For parents, there’s no greater pain than seeing your children in pain. And your child’s first toothache can be particularly distressing for parents searching for the best way to alleviate their child’s throbbing discomfort.

Toothaches have a variety of root causes. Most often, they are the result of a cavity. In some cases, a tooth may be broken. Still in other cases, the cause can be nothing more than a piece of food that has become wedged between teeth. But toothaches aren’t something you can expect to heal themselves or a matter the Tooth Fairy can take care of.

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The scariest Halloween costume this year has nothing on what frightening looks kids’ teeth may be sporting if they enjoy All Hallows’ Eve to the sugary extreme.

Statistica.com reports Americans will invest nearly $2.5 billion in candy this Halloween and the United States as a nation will scarf down 4 percent of its candy consumption for the year on the sweetest day of the calendar. That means October 31 could be a Nightmare On Sweet Street for your kids if they don’t enjoy Halloween in moderation.

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Posted by & filed under Infant Oral Care, Infant Teeth, Oral Health, Preventative Care.

If only a Snickers bar or a Coke a day kept cavities away, America’s kids would be living in sweets heaven.

Alas, Snickers bars and good childhood oral health don’t work that way. Today more than ever, America’s children are at risk for developing serious oral health problems due to poor oral hygiene practices. And no one, not even newborns to toddlers, are safe from oral health dangers.

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National Brush Day Promotes Importance Of Kids’ Oral Health

Call It the Two-Minute Healthy Teeth Rule.

One hundred and twenty seconds of thorough tooth brushing twice a day goes a long way to keeping cavities far, far away from kids’ teeth. While 240 seconds may seem like an eternity to a fidgety, hyper 5-year-old, the value of smart brushing for two minutes twice a day, is priceless to kids’ oral health and parents’ weary checkbooks.

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Posted by & filed under History of Mouthwash, Oral Care.

For as long as humans have been using tools, we’ve been cleaning our teeth! From toothbrushes made out of sticks, to dental floss made out of horse hair, we have always been mindful of our oral health. But what about mouthwash? When did we start swishing liquid around hoping for cleaner mouths?

Ancient Roman Mouthwash

There are references to mouthwash in Chinese, Greek, Egyptian and Roman literature, but the most well recorded early instances of humanity using mouthwash comes from ancient Rome, in A.D. 1. The Romans used to buy bottles of Portuguese urine and use that as a rinse. GROSS! Importing bottled urine became so popular that the emperor Nero taxed the trade. The ammonia in urine was thought to disinfect mouths and whiten teeth, and urine remained a popular mouthwash ingredient until the 18th century.

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