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Health Tip: Fluoride Recommended For Young Children

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by

-- Everyone, even young children, should brush twice daily with a flouride toothpaste, the American Dental Association recommends. Here are the ADA's guidelines: Caregivers should brush children's teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste as soon as teeth begin to appear. A small smear of toothpaste, no more than the size of a small grain of rice, should be used. Children aged 3 to 6 should brush twice a day with a pea-sized portion of fluoride toothpaste. Children this age should still be supervised to prevent swallowing of toothpaste. Dentists should counsel caregivers on the correct amount of toothpaste to be used, and proper brushing technique. Read more

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Health Tip: Avoid Tooth Sensitivity

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by

-- If a tooth delivers a sharp pain any time you brush or chew on that side, you may have a problem called tooth hypersensitivity. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association suggested that these practices be avoided: Aggressive tooth brushing. Whitening or abrasive toothpaste. Clenching the jaw. Consuming acidic drinks. Using tobacco. Read more

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Health Tip: Is Your Baby Teething?

Posted 20 Sep 2017 by

-- Most babies are born with 20 teeth below the gum line, but the process of teething typically doesn't start until about 6 months of age. Most teeth will come in before the child turns one, with the molars coming in by age three. The American Academy of Dentistry identifies these typical signs of teething: Fussiness Trouble sleeping Irritability Loss of appetite Drooling more than usual Read more

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Health Tip: Preparing for Baby's First Teeth

Posted 15 Sep 2016 by

-- Baby's first teeth signal an exciting time for new parents, but they can be a source of pain and discomfort for your little one. Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics: Baby should cut the first teeth between 6 months and 12 months, but this can vary. Make sure your child gets fluoride (usually in tap water) by age 6 months. Soothe sore gums with gentle massage, something cold and soft to chew on or an occasional dose of acetaminophen (Tylenol). Don't use teething tablets, teething gels or teething necklaces. Brush baby's teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste. Talk to your dentist about whether to use a fluoride varnish. Take baby to the dentist when the first tooth emerges. Read more

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Caring for Baby's Teeth Starts Before Birth

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 – A child's dental health begins at the time of conception, says an expert who recommends mothers-to-be visit the dentist before, during and after pregnancy. "The mother's dental health affects her overall health and her baby's health. Statistically, mothers with poor oral health are at risk for premature and underweight births," William Wathen, an associate professor at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, said in a university news release. "Mothers-to-be need to realize controlling plaque and limiting high-starch and sugary foods is crucial," Wathen added. "Cavities are 'contagious,' because germs in the mother's mouth and family's mouth will be in a baby's mouth. Since babies aren't born with their own oral flora, they adapt it soon after they're born from their family." Here he offers a timeline of when and how to keep youngsters' teeth and gums ... Read more

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