Memorial Day is right around the corner and we’re excited to celebrate! We’re ready to hang out with our families, play some outdoor games, and maybe even watch some fireworks. But we’re most excited about our Memorial Day dips, which are delicious and promote good oral health! Below are a few recipes that will tantalize your taste buds without damaging your teeth.
More than 40% of children have cavities by the time they reach kindergarten. In fact, The CDC reports that tooth decay is the most common preventable disease in children and while the cavity rate in children of older age groups has been slowly declining, the rise in cavities among those under 5 is actually increasing. Unfortunately parents often wait too long to begin a routine of oral care and to start caring for emerging teeth. Here are five essential tips to get your child started on the right path:
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.
One of our central goals is to help children have a more positive view of going to the dentist. We feel that preventing and alleviating the fear associated with dental visits is important in encouraging future overall oral health. Adults who are not afraid to go to the dentist are more likely to keep up with regular visits and be proactive in the care of their teeth. We also believe that parents can play a vital role by working with us as a team. Here are four steps you can take in helping your child not be afraid of the dentist.
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.
Public awareness of tooth-whitening procedures and products has grown significantly in the past few years. The number of questions our patients and their parents ask about tooth-whitening has also increased especially among parents concerned about their child’s self image and older adolescents/teens who want to look their best. But are these methods and procedures safe for young mouths? Let’s look at a few guidelines.
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.
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.
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.
People of all ages can be affected by sensitive teeth. Whether it’s biting into a cold ice cream cone or drinking a hot beverage, the pain that can come from hypersensitivity can be more than an inconvenience.
What can cause sensitive teeth?
- Cracked or fractured teeth
- Missing or worn fillings
- Gum disease
Each of these needs to be treated by a dentist. Ignoring tooth sensitivity or expecting it to get better on its own can cause problems to compound and bring on even more pain. By far, the most common cause of tooth sensitivity is exposed dentin, the soft tissue just below the hard enamel that protects your teeth. Dentin can be exposed by one of the causes listed above, or simply because it has worn away as a result of abrasion.
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