National Children’s Dental Health Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month! During this month thousands of dental professions and other healthcare providers will be promoting good oral health for our children. Developing healthy habits early in life will help your child develop a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Get more information, as well as fun activity sheets for your child to learn about keeping their teeth healthy!

Mouthwashes – Part 2: Ingredients and ADA Approval

Mouthwashes – Part 2: Ingredients and ADA Approval

There are 3 key ingredients that determine the purpose and scope of each mouthwash:

Cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) or Zinc Chloride – kills the bacteria that cause plaque and tartar.
Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate (TSPP) – removes the amount of calcium and magnesium in your saliva, preventing it from depositing on your teeth and forming plaque and tartar build up.
Sodium Fluoride – the key ingredient in anti-cavity rinses; it remineralizes weakened tooth structures, making them more resistant to bacteria and decay

Mouthwashes – Part 1: So Many Mouthwashes!

Mouthwashes – Part 1: So Many Mouthwashes!

One of the most commonly asked questions I receive is “Which mouthwash should I use?” Picking out a non-prescription/over the counter mouthwash at the store can be a daunting task for anyone. There are so many brands to choose from, but what do they actually do? Read my 3 part series exploring the different categories of mouthwashes, their key ingredients, and which one might be best for you!

Your Child’s Dental Visits

Your Child’s Dental Visits

Even if your child has never had a cavity, it is still important for them to see the dentist regularly. These appointments allow for proper cleanings – getting rid of any build up on the teeth and gums that may not be removed at home – and hygiene instruction, which can promote better brushing and flossing. They also allow the dentist to provide and discuss…