When you and your family sit down for Thanksgiving this month, you’re almost assuredly going to be in for a delicious treat! Obviously, not many people are worrying too much about their health when they eat a Thanksgiving dinner. And that’s totally fine! It’s a holiday, why shouldn’t you relax for a day? However, by just doing a couple little things during Thanksgiving dinner, you can take care of your dental health at the same time as down some amazing grub. Here are some Thanksgiving dinner tips for healthy teeth… Continue Reading
Everybody knows that fruits and vegetables are an important part of every balanced diet, and should probably consist of a majority of our food intake. However, not enough thought goes into what foods are benefiting our teeth. When trying to get your child to eat snacks that are good for their overall health, remember to consider what types of nutrients they are getting to protect their dental health, as well. Here are some fruits and vegetables that are good for your child’s dental health… Continue Reading
No parent wants to hear that their child has a cavity… again. Sometimes, even when you’re trying your best to keep them brushing, it’s still not enough.
Are Baby Teeth Softer?
This dilemma can be so frustrating, in fact, that it’s given rise to the myth that children’s teeth are just softer than adults, and more prone to cavities. But it’s not true. Baby teeth and adult teeth have the same chances of getting a cavity. The difference is in the brushing. Continue Reading
It’s important to practice strong dental hygiene with your kids on a daily basis. And if there are areas in your dental hygiene routine where you can improve, the beginning of a new year is a great time to work on them. Here is a look at five simple dental care resolutions you might consider making with your kids at the start of 2017. Continue Reading
“Plaque” and “tartar” are two words that you see frequently in the world of dental health, and chances are you’ve spotted toothpastes that are targeted against precisely these two things. But what are plaque and tartar, exactly? Here is what you need to know about them. Continue Reading
As you teach your child to brush her teeth, a lot of questions can arise. One of the most common ones we hear is, “Should my toddler be using toothpaste?”
Fluoride, Used Correctly, Is an Amazing Tool
Fluoride has been proven in numerous studies to strengthen teeth against decay, especially in children. Children aren’t necessarily more prone to cavities, but they are usually worse at brushing their teeth and getting all the nooks and crannies. This is why we use every tool we can get to prevent painful, destructive decay in your child’s teeth. Continue Reading
Tooth-brushing has been around for thousands of years, just not in the same way as we do it today. History is full of interesting ways that people cleaned their teeth, and there is proof of tooth-brushing as early as 5000 BC. Read on to learn about tooth-sticks and early toothpaste that contained oyster shells. Continue Reading
Getting your kids to brush your teeth can be quite the pain. It is even worse if they hate the toothpaste that you are trying to get them to brush with. Below are some things to consider when selecting a toothpaste so that you can get your children to brush their teeth!
While most toothpaste is mint flavored: spearmint, peppermint, strong mint etc. there are flavors just for kids that are fruity and fun. If your child doesn’t like the mint toothpaste, try to find something that they will like. There are many different flavors available — bubblegum, strawberry, blue raspberry, cupcake, cinnamon, and even bacon flavored! Find a flavor that your child won’t mind putting in their mouth.
Oral B and Crest have teamed up with Disney to bring all of your child’s favorite characters to oral hygiene. Colgate teamed up with Universal Studios to bring you other favorites. You can buy “princess toothpaste,” “Spider-Man toothpaste,” “Spongebob toothpaste,” and more. Your child will be more motivated to brush their teeth if Cinderella is helping them out! These toothpastes come in all sorts of fun flavors too. You can collect characters using Disney’s Magic Timer, and have the characters time your kids for two minutes so that they fully brush their teeth.
Since most kids under the age of 2 will swallow the toothpaste rather than spitting it into the sink, use a non-fluoride paste. After that age they can use fluoride toothpaste to keep their teeth healthy and strong. Recently, the American Dental Association (ADA) has said that you should give your kids under 2 toothpaste with fluoride, just use a tiny amount. Just make sure that you are using age-appropriate toothpaste. Use a pea sized amount of toothpaste for kids, and just a smear for toddlers and infants.
Choose the Right Color
Every child is different, so don’t be surprised if your daughter refuses to use any toothpaste that isn’t pink, or if your son will only use blue toothpaste. Buy your child’s favorite color of toothpaste to encourage them to brush.
So What Brand Should I Choose?
There are many different brands of toothpaste to choose from — Colgate, Crest, Aquafresh, Sensodyne, Arm & Hammer and more. With so many different options how do you know which one to choose for your kids? As long as you choose a brand that is ADA approved, you can’t go wrong.
It might be tempting to forego using mouthwash in favor of cutting down on mouth cleaning time and saving a couple bucks on dental hygiene products every month or so, but mouthwash does carry with it some benefits that you may not want to miss out on. So while using mouthwash still does come secondary to brushing and flossing, and there isn’t yet evidence that proves that it’s central to oral health as brushing and flossing are, here are some of the biggest reasons that it’s a good idea to include mouthwash in your oral hygiene routine. Continue Reading
If there is one universal truth, it is that kid’s breath stinks! Unfortunately, they are not yet at an age where they notice the bad breath, or even know how to take care of it, so it just gets worse. Of course, before you can take care of a problem, you have to understand what causes it. Below are the top five causes of bad breath in children, and how to combat them. Continue Reading