Toothbrushes & The Dentists: Saving America’s Families Teeth & Dollars

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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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Long-Term Thumb Sucking Thumbs Down For Kids’ Oral Health

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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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Fluoride: ADA-Recommended Upon First Tooth Arrival

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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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