Fluoride Treatments: A Few Things to Know

Fluoride Treatments: A Few Things to Know Fluoride works by strengthening tooth enamel and making teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria and sugars in the mouth. Whether your child needs extra fluoride depends on a variety of factors (heredity being one of them), but overall there is a pretty well-established correlation between more fluoride and less tooth decay. How to Get Additional Fluoride When Needed There are two ways your child can acquire additional fluoride: in topical form, or systemic. Topical fluoride is applied directly to the surface of the tooth, in a variety of ways, including mouthwash, toothpaste, or even fluoride treatment at the dentist’s off

The Best Bedtime Snacks for Kids

The Best Bedtime Snacks for Kids When it comes to satisfying the late-night cravings of your little ones, you’ve probably got a list of go-to items that satisfy. You may be overlooking some really great options, though, and possibly giving others that aren’t always the best choice. So, this month, let’s take a look at a few good bedtime snacks for kids that’ll keep their teeth in good shape, their bellies full (but not too full!) and their little bodies in the right place for a good solid night’s sleep! Why Bedtime Snacks Should Be Different Than Daytime Snacks Who doesn’t like a good snack? Crunchy, salty, sweet … whatever our preference, the desire to snack is generally driven by our body’

What’s Coming in When?

What’s Coming in When? A Tooth Eruption Guide. While the arrival of your little one’s teeth might seem like a scattered and chaotic experience with very little in the way of predictable outcomes, there is a method to the madness! So, let’s find out which teeth come in when with this handy-dandy tooth eruption guide -- courtesy of the American Dental Association. With both the primary and permanent teeth eruption guides below, our journey through the mouth begins with our “front teeth” (the central incisors), and move backward from there. By the way, “eruption” is just a fancy way of talking about when your children’s teeth come in. Upper Primary Teeth Central incisor: Erupts between 8-12

When Holidays Bring Too Many Sweets

When Holidays Bring Too Many Sweets Kids love candy, and while we know it’s not good for them, we also know they’re going to eat it. Chocolate bunnies, Peeps and Jelly Beans can be just a way of life this time of year. So, how best to survive the holidays that are traditionally surrounded by sugar? Understanding How Sweets Affect Teeth A good rule of thumb is: the less time sugar spends in the mouth, the better it is for their teeth. In other words, if you have the choice between giving your child a lollipop, which will last for half an hour, and a chocolate kiss, which will dissolve in minutes, go with what will be gone the quickest. Also, small amounts of sugar eaten frequently are much mo

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