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Dental Habits for Babies

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Dentistry, Oral Health

Did you know babies’ teeth are at risk for decay as soon as they appear? Your baby should begin developing teeth at around 6 months and typically babies get tooth decay in the upper front teeth. This decay can be prevented to ensure your child has a full set of 20 baby teeth by age 3.

Clean your baby’s gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth before teeth appear. When teeth do erupt, clean with a fluoride toothpaste—use no more than a smear the size of a grain of rice! After your child is turns 3, you can brush twice a day with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Make sure they don’t swallow the toothpaste! Children need to be supervised during brushing to make sure they’re doing a proper job.

The ADA recommends that you visit a dentist as soon as the first tooth makes its appearance. If you want to wait, make sure you see a dentist before your child’s first birthday. Your dentist will look for injuries and cavities, check if your child is at risk of tooth decay, and clean your child’s teeth properly. You can also discuss teething and thumb-sucking habits with your dentist.

Oct
6

What Xylitol Can Do For You

If you’ve ever reached for a stick of sugar-free gum and checked the ingredients, then you’ve probably heard of xylitol. Xylitol is a naturally occurring carbohydrate that looks and tastes just like regular sugar. The difference? Xylitol is actually good for your teeth! Xylitol is made from either corncobs or trees. Using corncobs to produce […]

Sep
29

Can Chocolate Help Kill Bacteria in Your Mouth?

Food scientists have known for a while now that there are certain molecules in chocolate that give it antibacterial properties. These special molecules, called polyphenols, are also naturally occurring in tealeaves and red wine. These polyphenols, which protect plant cells from bacteria and other damage, can also be helpful in protecting our cells from bacteria. […]

Sep
22

Going Sugar Free… The Right Way

Thinking about cutting back on sugar? You may be considering replacing your sugar intake with artificial sweeteners to cut the number of calories you take in. However, there are certain things to watch out for: “Sugarless” isn’t always so – A product may claim to be ‘sugarless’ or ‘no sugar added’ but that doesn’t mean […]

Sep
15

Why Chewing Gum is Good For Your Oral Health

Not all chewing gum are created equally. Although people have been chewing gum for centuries, there’s a critical difference between gum that can help your teeth and gum that can ruin your teeth: sugar! Sugarless gum has been shown to have oral health benefits and can even help to prevent tooth decay! In fact, chewing […]

Sep
8

Are You Better Off Without Toothpaste?

When you think of dental hygiene, a toothbrush and toothpaste immediately comes to mind. A cult has been built around toothpaste-a thousand different varieties, brands, flavors, and functions exist. Each new commercial touts a different dentist’s recommendation, and consumers are left baffled in the drugstore aisle wondering if whitening specialties really work. Unfortunately, all of […]

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