Posted by & filed under Baby Teeth, Brushing, Cavity Prevention, Dental Care, Dental Tips, Pediatric Dentistry, Uncategorized.

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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Posted by & filed under Baby Teeth, Cavity Prevention, Infant Oral Care, Primary Teeth.

We often hear people downplay the importance of primary teeth (also called “baby” or “milk” teeth).  The front 4 primary teeth generally last until 6-7 years of age, while the back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13.  People mistakenly believe that since these teeth are temporary, that they do not matter in the long run.  This will often lead to the neglect of primary teeth and can cause permanent damage.

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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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Posted by & filed under Cavity Prevention, Gifts, Holidays, Oral Care.

Once the big gifts have been purchased, it’s time to buy the smaller stocking-stuffers.  A lot of times, these little items are enjoyed long after Christmas and can be more functional.  But functional doesn’t have to be boring and healthy teeth can be a fun part of Christmas.  Here are a few ideas to encourage kids to brush for two minutes, twice a day!

Sports Mouthguard

Does your child play sports? Unfortunately, a lot of kids are playing sports without adequately protecting their teeth.  If you have a child who plays an active sport, consider getting a mouthguard for Christmas.  Even if they already have one, a fun new color or style can get kids excited about staying in the habit of wearing it.

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Your teeth are important!  Not only are they the first stage in eating and digestion, but a healthy set of teeth will keep you looking your best.  So perhaps it’s a idea good to say “Thank You” to your teeth for being so awesome.  Here are a few ways you can show your gratitude.

Sing to your teeth while you brush.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Listening to a song while you brush may help you brush your teeth better.  Most of us don’t brush long enough, so playing a song that lasts at least two minutes can help you brush for a longer period than you’re used to.  This is especially true with children.  The 2min2x.com website has great videos and songs that last exactly two minutes and are a great way to encourage longer brushing times.

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Posted by & filed under Healthy Eating, Oral Health, Sugar, Uncategorized.

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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Posted by & filed under Brushing, Flossing, Oral Care.

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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