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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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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Two-Minute Healthy Teeth Rule

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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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Teaching Kids The ABC’s of Cavities

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Ever Wonder Why The Cookie Monster Has No Teeth? Too many cookies.

To a 4-year-old, what’s a cavity except a scary, hard-to-pronounce word that sounds a lot like calorie?

Teaching kids at a young age exactly what a cavity is, what causes them and why it’s important to avoid them teaches them the ABCs of good oral hygiene. And for kids, there’s no more important dental lesson than learning how to take care of their teeth.

So how do we explain the 1-2-3s of good teeth care to a toddler or preschooler without making it sound like rocket science? By explaining in sweet, simple terms that are as easy as 1-2-3.

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The Dentist: Boogeyman or Friend?

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Many kids would rather face the boogeyman or the monster under the bed than take on the scary person with the drill known as their family dentist.

For some, dental phobia is a terrifying, paralyzing fear of dentistry or receiving dental care. And no one is more spooked than the thought of seeing a dentist than kids.

It is perfectly normal for children to be fearful of dentists. As in many childhood firsts, it is the fear of the unknown. Small children often think going to the dentist will hurt, because they don’t know what to expect. And any outside influences that stress the pain associated with visiting the dentist can only compound kids’ fears of seeing someone who is actually their best friend in fighting cavities and taking care of their teeth.

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Kids’ Cavity-Safe Plan

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Cavity prevention ranks right up there with homework and taking out the garbage among kids’ favorite topics to discuss. Heck, some kids may rather go to bed early than talk to their parents about what they’re doing to keep their teeth healthy.

But knowing how to eat healthy and practice good teeth hygiene is essential to kids’ overall oral and physical health. Because tooth decay, cavities and root canals are three of the least fun words in the English language, kids must know how they can avoid painful cavities and extra dentist visits through simple, easy – and dare we say fun – dental health steps.

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5 Brushing Blunders A Lot of People Make

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We all know how to brush our teeth, right? Unfortunately there are times when we may actually do more harm than good. Here are the five worst toothbrush blunders:

1. Brushing too hard.

Brushing with too much force can damage sensitive gums and wear away the protective enamel of your teeth. Try to brush as lightly as possible and consider using a soft bristled brush. Most people should avoid bristles labeled as “hard”.

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