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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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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Chocolate? Teeth’s Friend or Foe?

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Ah, chocolate. A sweet tasty friend anytime. Alas, an enemy of good oral health all the time.

Or is it? Has this delicious but villainous sweet that serves as the root cause of so many cavities been mislabeled? Recent studies emerging from all over the globe including Japan, England and the United States from impartial nutritionists support the fact that chocolate is effective at fighting cavities, plaque and tooth decay in the mouth.

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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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Four Ways to Get Your Kids to Brush More Consistently

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It can be difficult for all of us to do something that we’re simply not in the mood for.  This is especially true for children, whether it’s bed-time or bath-time.  Maintaining good oral hygiene can be a challenge as well, so here are a few tips for motivating your children to keep their teeth healthy:

Let kids pick their own toothbrush.

One of the easiest ways to make brushing fun is to indulge your kids with a themed toothbrush. You can find tooth brushing gear with everything from Sponge Bob to Finding Nemo and even comic book characters and superheroes. Always pick one with soft bristles and with a brush size that is appropriate for their mouth and age.   Giving your child an opportunity to choose her own toothbrush empowers her to be an active part of maintaining positive dental habits.

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Tooth Surprise! This Common Food Can Be More Damaging Than Candy.

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When we think of the foods most harmful to our teeth, we immediately think of candy.  Cavities are caused by bacteria in your mouth that creates enamel attacking acids. This bacteria feeds on sugars that exist in nearly everything we eat, and candy is one of the most obvious culprits.  But other foods can be just as rough on teeth, if not worse.

You may have been “tricked”.

Chips and crackers are often substituted for sweets because we think they are better for our teeth, and even people who are vigilant about brushing can be less likely to consider the negative effects of starchy foods.  Unfortunately, it’s not only obviously sweet foods that can cause trouble for teeth, but potato chips, crackers, and other starches are bad news as well. They become soft or sticky when chewed, and stay lodged in teeth long after the meal. Although they don’t necessarily taste sweet, the starches in crackers and chips are broken down into sugar by enzymes in the mouth.

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Simple Mistakes that Cause Millions of Preventable Cavities

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No parent wants their child to have cavities and the majority of us take special care to ensure that each dental visit ends cavity-free.  Yet, tooth decay remains the most common preventable childhood disease in the U.S. Here are a few simple mistakes that, if corrected, could save children from millions of cavities.

  1. Not Starting Prevention Early Enough

Many parents wait until children are almost school-age before setting the first dental appointment and before they begin focusing on good oral habits.  However, oral care should truly begin before primary teeth even appear.  For example, parents can use a soft, damp cloth to clean their baby’s gums after each feeding.  Scheduling the first dental appointment should also take place when the first tooth appears or before the age of one, whichever comes first.  Finding a dental home early in your child’s life is one of the most important preventative measures you can take for your child’s oral future.

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Super Bowl Snacks Your Teeth Will Love

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Are you ready for the Big Game?  A Super Bowl get-together demands super snacks but not at the expense of your teeth.  That’s why we’ve put together a few tasty game day snacking ideas with healthy ingredients.  Of course, these are snacks, and none of them are perfect.  Regardless of what you eat, don’t forget to brush!

Spicy Jalapeño Dip

What’s in it:

1 16 oz.  tub low-fat sour cream
1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch (or other brand) Fiesta Dip
1 jalapeno, seeded and cubed

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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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