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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.

Aug
17

Different Types of Dental X-Rays

During a dental appointment, it’s not uncommon for your dentist to want to take a closer look at what’s going on inside your mouth using an X-ray. They’re useful tools for dental professionals, but for the rest of us, they can sometimes be a little intimidating. Here’s a quick guide on some of the most […]

Jul
20

Could 3D Printing Be the Future of Root Canals?

Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures in the United States. Annually, approximately 15 million are conducted. If you do the math, that’s around 41,000 a day! Despite their status as a mainstay in dentistry, as well as the best way to save a tooth, root canals can occasionally have adverse effects […]

Jul
13

The Rise of Oral Vaccines

Throughout history (and especially as of late), vaccines have been a hot topic. While vaccination is an efficient way to prevent infectious diseases, the rise of oral vaccines proves this method to be an even more efficient and cost-effective way to prevent infectious diseases. Until now, oral vaccinations have focused on preventing diseases that enter […]

Jul
13

Don’t Underestimate Smokeless Tobacco

It’s common knowledge that smoking affects your oral health, but let’s not forget about smoking’s destructive counterpart: smokeless chewing tobacco (also known as “snuff”). For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, snuff is a fine grain tobacco that a user places in their mouth between their lips and gums. As saliva generates, the […]

Jun
29

Too Much Bottled Water Might Harm Kids’ Teeth

With more and more Americans using less and less tap water, a lack of fluoride could be a real concern. How many water bottles do you and your family buy in a year? How much is too much? Ensuring that children get fluoride from a young age is very important. Most brands of bottled water […]

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