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How can parents help their children avoid cavities?

February 4, 2014

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist:

How can parents help their children avoid cavities?

Christine: First off avoid a lot of sugary drinks (Soda & Gatorade). Watch sticky foods and candies.  Brush and floss your teeth regularly. Use Fluoride toothpaste and rinses. Have Sealants placed on your teeth and of course see your dentist and hygienist regularly!

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Orthodontics: It’s More Than Just Straight Teeth

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist:

Tell us about Functional Orthodontics.

Christine: I have worked with Dentists who have provided functional orthodontics for the past 9 years. My son has had functional orthodontics. Orthodontists should address more than straightening teeth. Functional Orthodontics will reshape and reposition the upper and lower jaws.  It has been shown that proper alignment and shape helps avoid problems such as TMJ disorders, migraines, and airway/breathing disorders.

Learn more about Functional Orthodontics at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design here.

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Children & Sports – It only takes a second to break a tooth

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienists:

What are your thoughts on the UnderArmour Mouth Guard?

Christine: I do believe mouth guards are important to wear during sports.   It only takes a second to break teeth.

Learn more about UnderArmour Mouth Guards here.

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Does it really matter if a baby tooth gets a cavity?

Filed under: Children,National Children's Dental Health Month — admin @ 4:42 pm

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienists:

Does it really matter if a baby tooth gets a cavity?

Christine: Yes. If not treated it can become infected and cause pain.  Baby teeth hold the position for permanent teeth and are important for speech and proper chewing.

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Chewing gum and kids: Yeah or Nay?

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienists:

Chewing gum and kids. Yeah or Nay?

Christina: I think gum is OK as long as it is sugarless and you don’t dispose of it on the ground or on the furniture.  Xylitol (a type of sugar) found in many gums has been shown to reduce decay when used in certain amounts.

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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Filed under: Children,National Children's Dental Health Month — admin @ 10:29 am

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist:

Talk about Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. How to prevent it. Why it’s dangerous.

Christine: Baby Bottle decay is a serious condition that occurs mostly on the upper front teeth of a young child who has prolonged exposure to milk or juice in a bottle (many times while they are sleeping).  This can cause excessive painful decay which can affect chewing and proper eating.  The baby teeth are also important for space and positioning of the adult teeth.  To prevent this, never let a child sleep or have constant access to sugary drinks (milk, juice, soda).  Use water in the bottle instead.  Start brushing young children’s teeth as soon as they erupt.  On infants use a small wash cloth to clean the gums.

Dental Sealants

Filed under: Children,National Children's Dental Health Month,Sealants — admin @ 10:19 am

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist:

Tell us about dental sealants. Does Dr. Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by Design suggest them?

Christine: Sealants are plastic coatings applied to the grooves of the molar teeth to protect them from food and bacteria to prevent decay (Cavities). And yes Dr. Gasper recommends them!!!

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Should parents be concerned if their child sucks their thumb or finger?

Filed under: Children,National Children's Dental Health Month — admin @ 10:19 am

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist:

Should parents be concerned if their child sucks their thumb or finger?

Christine: Yes, especially beyond about age 3.  Long tern thumb sucking can change the shape of the jaw, malforming the roof of the mouth, and affect speech and cause protrusion of the teeth.  Also you can get a lot of germs from the hands.

What are some tips to break the habit?

Christine: If the child is old enough, you can start with discussions about thumb sucking and the need to quit.   Use Praise! Avoid stressful situations or boredom which might result in thumb sucking.  Appliances can also be used if necessary.

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Teens Interested in a Dental Career

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienists:

If any teens are interested in going into the dental field, what advise do you have for them?

Christine: See if they can visit and observe in a local office.  Also make sure you like Biological Sciences.

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How long should a parent help their child brush their teeth?

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist:

Until what age should parents help their children brush their teeth?

Christine: I believe parents should be involved with home care of the teeth until the child has good dexterity.  This may not occur until age 7-9.  Every child is different.

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