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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Early Childhood Caries: What Is It and How to Prevent It?

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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Should Your Teenager get an Oral Piercing?

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Piercings are a trendy way for teenagers to fit in with their friends and express themselves. Teens can pierce just about any part of their body, but it can be particularly concerning when your child gets an oral piercing. Tongue, lip and cheek piercings can damage teeth, gums and cause infections that can lead to more serious illnesses. The bottom line is that oral piercings may look cool, but they can cause a lot of issues down the road.

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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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Kids’ Cavity-Safe Plan

Posted by & filed under Brushing, Cavities, Cavity Prevention, Dental Care, Dental Tips, Flossing, Oral Care, Oral Health, Oral Hygiene, Pediatric Dentistry.

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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Halloween’s Scariest & Friendliest Candies

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Halloween season is the scariest, sweetest and sugariest time of the year. For kids, it’s Candy Christmas in October.

Think your child’s Walking Dead zombie costume or Count Dracula costume is scary? Just imagine  what all that candy they’ll be chowing down on this Halloween may be doing to their teeth.

Halloween is also the most terrifying time of the year for kids’ teeth health, thanks to the five-course feast of sugar, corn syrup, chocolate and other tooth-weakening ingredients on the menu for the sugariest night of the year.

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Four False “Facts” About Baby Teeth

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There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about a child’s first teeth.  Primary teeth, also called milk teeth or baby teeth, are the temporary teeth that end up under pillows and provide plenty of business for the tooth fairy!  Here are four myths about baby teeth that every parent should know:

#1 Baby teeth aren’t important.

Many parents mistakenly believe that baby teeth are less important than permanent teeth because they are just going to “fall out anyway”.  But baby teeth serve a very important purpose as place-holders in growing mouths during early years of development.  They help maintain the proper structure of the mouth in providing a guide for permanent teeth to move in behind them when the time comes.  A baby tooth lost too early can lead to crowding of adult teeth, for example.

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Greek Yogurt: Super-food For Your Family’s Teeth

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Greek yogurt is a dental super food.  Yogurt is more popular than ever as a healthy choice for those seeking to supplement their diet with a food that will help their overall health.  Several respected studies over the last few years have continuously shown that Greek yogurt has benefits far beyond digestive health.  Here are a few of the exciting ways that yogurt can help keep you smiling:

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Four Reasons You Should Care About Gum Health

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When we think of oral health, our focus tends to be on teeth.  But that’s only half the story.  Gum health is an integral part of dental and oral health and can also play a significant role in the overall health of your body.  Taking care of your own gum health and helping guide your children in good oral habits can provide a lifetime of benefits.  Here are four reasons your gums are so important.

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