Like all emergencies, dental emergencies appear out of nowhere and demand immediate attention. Knowing what to do when an emergency arises is key to having a positive outcome and preventing a bad situation from getting worse. Taking the right action, can mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth. Just as we spend time learning first aid procedures for bodily emergencies, making a special effort to focus on handling dental emergencies means that you are prepared to take care of any situation, no matter what.
With all of the junk food available to kids and adults, it’s hard to imagine that something as seemingly healthy as fruit could ever be bad for your teeth. And certainly there are a lot of foods that are high in sugar that would be considered far worse for your overall oral health. Still, there are times when fruit may not be the best choice. Here are a few examples when you may want to skip the fruit:
The time when your child’s school serves lunch to when your family eats dinner often means that little tummies need a snack to hold them over. But snacking doesn’t have to be a health disaster. In fact, it can be a great opportunity to provide much needed vitamins and minerals to fuel your child’s active schedule. Below are a few quick ideas we’ve put together. They’re adventurous and may be a little different from what your kids usually eat. But these snack ideas are packed with vitamins and minerals for healthy teeth and we guarantee that each one is delicious!
Periodontal (gum) disease, affects as many as half of all Americans. Gum disease can cause minor symptoms like inflamed or bleeding gums to an even more serious loss of soft tissue and bone. If left untreated, gum disease may mean that teeth are lost or have to be removed.
What to look for.
If your gums or those of your child bleed from routine brushing and flossing you should understand that this is not normal. Bleeding gums result from inflammation caused by bacteria hiding beneath the gum line. Gums may appear red or swollen. It’s important not to ignore these early signs of gum disease, called gingivitis. Regular brushing and flossing is essential to avoiding or helping to correct the earliest signs of gum disease, but a scheduling a dental checkup is the best route to stop gum disease before it gets worse.
Not all children suck their thumbs or fingers and for those that do, it’s not always problematic. For some children, however, the thumb sucking habit can be a hard one to break. This can have a negative impact on growing mouths and developing teeth, causing the front teeth to push forward over time. According the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, thumbsucking is generally not a concern until after the age of 4. By that time, most thumb and finger sucking habits have long since ceased.
Teething can be an uncomfortable time for babies, with little gums experiencing tenderness and swelling as emerging teeth break through the surface. In light of a recent FDA warning against using lidocaine for teething infants, we wanted to put together a few helpful tips for managing this sometimes-difficult time for your child.
Massage sore gums.
Gently rubbing your baby’s tender gums with a clean finger or soft cloth can help alleviate some teething pain. Applying slight pressure to the gums offers temporary relief from soreness and is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make your child more comfortable.
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.
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:
A vacation from work or school doesn’t mean a vacation from your dental health. In fact, the change in your family’s schedule and diet means that it is even more essential to be vigilant in maintaining those beautiful smiles. Here are five pointers for a healthy mouth while you and your children are traveling or on vacation:
1. Get up to date on your dental visits before you go.
Don’t put off needed visits until you return from your travels. It’s always a good idea to plan ahead, get an appointment early and take care of your teeth before the rush and hustle of vacations. Doing this will help prevent dental issues from ruining your time away from home by detecting any underlying issues that need to be treated before your leave. Holidays and vacation times are also very busy time in dental offices, so you want to make sure your appointments are scheduled and taken care of sooner rather than later.
What your child eats affects their oral health. The best thing you can do as a parent is to encourage your children to make healthier food choices. Here are a few common snacks that can be detrimental to the health of your child’s teeth and a smile-friendly alternative for each of them.
Sodas & Sugary Drinks
Sodas and sugary drinks can be tough to avoid, but they’re also one of the most common threats to your child’s dental health. The sugar in these drinks combines with the bacteria in their mouths and forms acids that attack the enamel on your child’s teeth, leaving them susceptible to decay. Limit sodas and try to establish them as more of an occasional treat while you establish a water habit for your child. Add a lemon, lime or cucumber to their water to give it a more flavorful twist.