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When you think about dental hygiene for your kids, are brushing and flossing the only things that come to mind? These two items are highly important to maintain good oral health, but recently, the American Dental Association “recommends earlier fluoride distribution for children,” meaning parents will have to put a tad more effort in caring for their children’s teeth.
Although other findings have stated that children should receive fluoride treatment by age six at the dentist, these new findings urge them to receive it even earlier than their first visit. Upon developing their first tooth as babies, the ADA believes that they should be receiving this treatment. One of the major issues in children’s teeth is the possibility of uncared teeth leading to decay and eventually cavities, but using this fluoride at an earlier time in life will help to decrease the chances for these issues to develop.
These findings came about through the Journal of the American Dental Association, and they suggest that “pea-sized quantities of toothpaste can lead to a higher risk of fluorosis when toothpaste is ingested and children younger than 3 should use smaller amounts of toothpaste.” Under the supervision of parents, children should make sure they brush for a solid 1 ½ to 2 minutes and be careful to spit out excess toothpaste to prevent from swallowing it. Parents should set up a dentist for their children and allow them to teach them the proper ways to care for their teeth. In doing so, their oral hygiene will be pristine for years to come!
Dental grills (also known as “grillz”) might draw attention to your teeth and your smile, but they are actually terrible for your teeth. If you have ever seen a music video featuring someone wearing grills, then you are likely looking at dental grills that are made from gold, silver, or another precious metal. While expensive […]
It’s a feeling we’ve all experienced at some point or another: a parched, gritty, can’t-get-water-fast-enough sensation that’s unpleasant at best and dangerous at worst. Xerostomia, or dry mouth, is a medical condition that we tend to write off as mere dehydration. While taking a big gulp of water can help in the short-term, if your […]
If you have a pet at home, you may have taken them for a dental checkup. That’s right, animals—especially pets and zoo animals—often need dental care. Periodontal disease is one of the biggest reasons animals lose teeth. This is particularly true for pets and zoo animals in captive who decidedly live longer than they would […]
While endodontists are known as specialists in root canal therapy, they actually specialize in saving teeth by working with the inside of the tooth. Endodontists can do a variety of surgeries to save your natural tooth. One of these surgeries is called an apicoectomy. An apicoectomy is needed when conventional root canal treatment cannot treat […]
There are a few benefits as to why pacifiers should be given to babies. Research has shown that pacifiers can actually help reduce incidences of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Babies who suck on pacifiers during sleep don’t fall into as deep a sleep as those who don’t suck on pacifiers. This means that if […]
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