Kids Can Find Breathing Hard With Bad Bacteria

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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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The Right Time For Kids to Play Dentist

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Kid holding a tooth that fell out

Parents, by lack of years of intense study and accreditation, are not dentists.

Children, despite what they might pick up on SpongeBob Square Pants, are definitely not dentists.

But are there instances where parents can be and may need to be their children’s in-house dentist for non-emergency and sentimental family situations that just can’t wait?

Yes, and we’re talking about baby teeth removal.

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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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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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