Caring for your children’s teeth at home is important! Leading by example and establishing oral care as a routine early in your child’s life can be the difference between a healthy smile and extra visits to see the dentist!
What we feed our children directly impacts their overall health and their oral health. By feeding our children healthy foods and starting healthy habits early in life, we’re giving them the tools to make the right choices as they get older.
Pacifiers can be a useful tool for calming and soothing your crying baby. But when does the pacifier go from a potential development need to a bad habit? Learn about when your child should stop using their pacifier, as well as tips on taking care of their favorite binkey and ways to wean them off.
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!
Maybe you’ve heard the phrase before from your dentist – “Sip all day, get decay!” But what does it mean?
Let’s look at some examples of each category:
Remember, these are just some of the name brand products. Generic products often contain identical ingredients and may even be ADA approved as well. When looking at a brand not listed here, be sure to reference the ingredients.
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
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!
Whether it’s sports, horse-playing, riding a bike, or just a random accident, children are likely to encounter a dental emergency at some point in their lives. What you do in the time before you call the dentist is just as, if not more, important than how quickly you get to the dentist.
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…