How to make your child’s first dentist visit a success

A child’s first visit to the dentist can be a bit scary. More often than not, you as a parent are more scared than your child. However, if you educate yourself properly beforehand and therefore know what to expect, you will find out that it doesn’t have to be a scary experience for you or your child.

How Can I Protect My Child’s Tooth Enamel? Here Are 5 Sure-Fire Steps.

  The first line of protection for your child’s teeth is the enamel, which is the white, visible part of the tooth.  It’s also hardest substance in the human body, and yet it takes a lot of abuse.  Enamel can crack, chip and wear away.  What steps can you take to protect your child’s enamel? Use a soft toothbrush.  While …

Can Gummy Vitamins Harm Teeth?

  Gummy vitamins have become very popular in the last several years and even adults now have the option of getting essential vitamins and nutrients through a tasty gummy treat.  But while this can be a great way to get children to take their vitamins, gummy vitamins can harm your teeth.  Yes, they are enhanced with vitamins, but also often …

Four Ways to Show Your Teeth Some Love!

Your teeth are important!  Not only are they the first stage in eating and digestion, but a healthy set of teeth will keep you looking your best.  So perhaps it’s a idea good to say “Thank You” to your teeth for being so awesome.  Here are a few ways you can show your gratitude. Sing to your teeth while you brush. …

Fun Dentist Approved Stocking Stuffers

  Once the big gifts have been purchased, it’s time to buy the smaller stocking-stuffers.  A lot of times, these little items are enjoyed long after Christmas and can be more functional.  But functional doesn’t have to be boring and healthy teeth can be a fun part of Christmas.  Here are a few ideas to encourage kids to brush for …

Baby Teeth Are Temporary, So Are They Really Important?

  We often hear people downplay the importance of primary teeth (also called “baby” or “milk” teeth).  The front 4 primary teeth generally last until 6-7 years of age, while the back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13.  People mistakenly believe that since these teeth are temporary, that they do not matter in the long run.  This …

You Won’t Believe The Amount of Sugar These Foods Contain

  The processed food industry has made the job of cutting out sugar even more difficult for consumers.  Foods we wouldn’t necessarily consider full of sugar, even healthy foods, are often sugar bombs in disguise.  Reducing the amount of sugar your family eats is not only a great idea for keeping mouths healthy, but it can also have tremendous benefits …

Here Are Four Reasons Gum Health is Important

  When we think of oral health, our focus tends to be on teeth.  But that’s only half the story.  Gum health is an integral part of dental and oral health and can also play a significant role in the overall health of your body.  Taking care of your own gum health and helping guide your children in good oral …

Super Bowl Snacks Your Teeth Will Love

  Are you ready for the Big Game?  A Super Bowl get-together demands super snacks but not at the expense of your teeth.  That’s why we’ve put together a few tasty game day snacking ideas with healthy ingredients.  Of course, these are snacks, and none of them are perfect.  Regardless of what you eat, don’t forget to brush!   Spicy Jalapeño Dip …

Four Tips For Sensitive Teeth

  People of all ages can be affected by sensitive teeth.  Whether it’s biting into a cold ice cream cone or drinking a hot beverage, the pain that can come from hypersensitivity can be more than an inconvenience. What can cause sensitive teeth? Cracked or fractured teeth Missing or worn fillings Gum disease Cavities Each of these needs to be treated by …

Simple Mistakes that Cause Millions of Preventable Cavities

  No parent wants their child to have cavities and the majority of us take special care to ensure that each dental visit ends cavity-free.  Yet, tooth decay remains the most common preventable childhood disease in the U.S. Here are a few simple mistakes that, if corrected, could save children from millions of cavities. Not Starting Prevention Early Enough Many …

Tooth Surprise! This Common Food Can Be More Damaging Than Candy.

  When we think of the foods most harmful to our teeth, we immediately think of candy.  Cavities are caused by bacteria in your mouth that creates enamel attacking acids. This bacteria feeds on sugars that exist in nearly everything we eat, and candy is one of the most obvious culprits.  But other foods can be just as rough on …

Should Children & Teens Get Tooth-Whitening?

  Public awareness of tooth-whitening procedures and products has grown significantly in the past few years.  The number of questions our patients and their parents ask about tooth-whitening has also increased especially among parents concerned about their child’s self image and older adolescents/teens who want to look their best.  But are these methods and procedures safe for young mouths?  Let’s …

Four Ways to Get Your Kids to Brush More Consistently

  It can be difficult for all of us to do something that we’re simply not in the mood for.  This is especially true for children, whether it’s bed-time or bath-time.  Maintaining good oral hygiene can be a challenge as well, so here are a few tips for motivating your children to keep their teeth healthy: Let kids pick their …

Help! My Child is Afraid to Visit the Dentist!

  One of our central goals is to help children have a more positive view of going to the dentist.  We feel that preventing and alleviating the fear associated with dental visits is important in encouraging future overall oral health.  Adults who are not afraid to go to the dentist are more likely to keep up with regular visits and …

Essential Tooth Tips for the Parents of Infants & Toddlers

  More than 40% of children have cavities by the time they reach kindergarten.  In fact, The CDC reports that tooth decay is the most common preventable disease in children and while the cavity rate in children of older age groups has been slowly declining, the rise in cavities among those under 5 is actually increasing. Unfortunately parents often wait too …

3 Mouth-Happy Memorial Day Dips

  Memorial Day is right around the corner and we’re excited to celebrate! We’re ready to hang out with our families, play some outdoor games, and maybe even watch some fireworks. But we’re most excited about our Memorial Day dips, which are delicious and promote good oral health! Below are a few recipes that will tantalize your taste buds without …

Urgent! 5 Special Visits to the Dentist

  Taking your child to the dentist every six months is a great way to prevent common dental issues from occurring. The regularly scheduled check up lets your dentist identify and treat cavities, perform a deep cleaning of plaque and tartar buildup, and provides you with a road map to better oral care for your child. But, when should you …

Why Flossing Matters

  Flossing is an important part of getting a healthy smile and keeping cavities and gum disease away. Yet, a recent study conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) revealed that just over %50 of Americans floss daily, while nearly %19 don’t floss at all. But why is flossing so important? Not Flossing Can Lead to Gum Disease A full …

Chewing Sticks? A Quick History of the Toothbrush.

  Toothbrushes are man’s best friend – sorry dogs. In a recent study, voters unanimously chose the toothbrush as the one great invention from recent history that we cannot live without, beating out the microwave, automobile and television. So, where did the toothbrush come from? Have we always brushed our teeth? Let’s find out where our constant tooth companion came …

Taking Care of a Mouth after a Pulled Tooth

  Baby teeth are meant to be lost so that the incoming adult teeth can erupt without issue. Most of the time, baby teeth are lost naturally, or due to an impactful force common in childhood. However, sometimes a baby tooth must be pulled to make room for the incoming adult tooth to avoid crowding and misalignment. If your child …

How to Find the Perfect Toothbrush for Your Child

  One of the most important tools in your child’s mouth-health arsenal is their toothbrush. Often overlooked and under considered, it is vital that you take the time to buy the right toothbrush for your child. Below are some smart shopping guidelines to consider when buying your child’s next toothbrush. Bristles Bristles come in all shapes and sizes, but did …

Start the School Year off Right with a Dental Checkup

  A recent study concluded that students with poor oral health were three times more likely to miss school due to dental pain. On average, dental issues cause children to miss just over two days of school every year. Absences from school can lead to lower grades, and constant oral pain can cause developmental issues and negatively affect children’s confidence. …

Should Your Teenager get an Oral Piercing?

Piercings are a trendy way for teenagers to fit in with their friends and express themselves. Teens can pierce just about any part of their body, but it can be particularly concerning when your child gets an oral piercing. Tongue, lip and cheek piercings can damage teeth, gums and cause infections that can lead to more serious illnesses. The bottom …

The Crazy (and Disgusting) History of Mouthwash

  For as long as humans have been using tools, we’ve been cleaning our teeth! From toothbrushes made out of sticks, to dental floss made out of horse hair, we have always been mindful of our oral health. But what about mouthwash? When did we start swishing liquid around hoping for cleaner mouths? Ancient Roman Mouthwash There are references to …

Teeth are for Chewing and Smiling, Not Opening Bottles

  People use their teeth in surprising – and sometimes destructive – ways. We’ve all used our teeth as tools at some point in our lives, but did you know that you can crack or fracture your teeth if you use them improperly? In fact, cracked and fractured teeth are the third leading cause of tooth loss. This is why …

Tooth Travel Kits are Perfect for Kids on the go

  The school year demands a lot of time commitments from both students and parents. Between altering morning commutes, trucking kids to and from extracurricular activities and unexpected overnights, schedules change and time seems to slip away. Sometimes, a jam-packed schedule can leave us with less time to take care of our teeth at home, which is why we’ve decided …

The Sweet History of Halloween Candy

  Did you know that Halloween hasn’t always involved trick-or-treating for candy? Actually, Halloween used to be undertaken as The Festival of Samhain, which celebrated the harvest and the Celtic New Year – which started on November 1st. So, how did Halloween turn into an all out candy grab? Well, it started right here in America, believe it or not. …

Foods That Clean Teeth as You Eat

  There are foods that are bad for teeth, and foods that are good for teeth, but did you know that there are foods that clean your teeth as you eat them? Here are a few foods that clean your teeth as you eat them. Apples Eating apples can help cleanse and clean teeth, and fight bad breath. The fibrous content of …

How did Native Americans and Pilgrims Care for Their Teeth?

As Thanksgiving approaches, we look back to the discovery of the new world and observe how two cultures came together to share in their humanity and celebrate the harvest over a great feast. We know about the meal – but what about the clean up? Did the Native Americans or pilgrims take care of their teeth? They did, and here’s …

Is Your Child at Risk for Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

  Tooth decay is the most widespread diseases among children today – and it’s almost entirely preventable. Tooth decay is called early childhood carries (cavities) when it occurs in children ages 6 and younger. Tooth decay is 5 times more common than asthma, 4 times more common than childhood obesity and 20 times more common childhood diabetes. All of this …

Tooth Friendly Stocking Stuffers

  Those of you celebrating Christmas are quite familiar with stockings, and have surely filled them with little gifts on more than one occasion. This year, we suggest balancing out some of the candy and tiny treats with some mouth-healthy stocking stuffers! Toothbrush Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months, depending upon the health of the bristles, which makes Christmas …

Easy Mouth-Healthy Options in 2017

  This year, try helping your child get a healthy smile by packing their lunch with mouth-healthy items that can help keep their teeth clean and strong. Cheese Cheese is high in calcium, which promotes strong teeth. But the benefits of cheese don’t end there. It also contains a protein called casein which strengthens tooth enamel and helps to prevent …

The Tooth-Shattering History of Mouthguards

  We didn’t always have mouthguards to protect our teeth during high impact sports. But, like most inventions, mouthguards were created out of necessity. In fact, one pugilistic sport is responsible for getting mouthguards off the ground, and helping other protect their teeth in times of peril. Below, we’ll discuss how boxers were tired of cracking their teeth, and decided …

These Superbowl Classics are Terrible for your Teeth

  The Superbowl is a time for football, family and most importantly – food. However, lost in the tradition of overeating, complaining about the referees and admiring the advertisements is oral health. In fact, oral health is most likely the last thing on the minds of those watching the big game on Sunday. To help keep your smile intact, try …

Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month by Drinking Water

  February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and the theme this year is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile.” National Children’s Dental Health Month is organized by the American Dental Association (ADA), and brings together dental professionals, healthcare providers and educators to promote the benefits of oral health to children. Tooth decay is the most prevalent – and …

Stop! Don’t Floss Until you Read This Flossing Guide!

  Flossing is a key part of getting a healthy smile and keeping cavities and gum disease away. Yet, a recent study conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) revealed that just over 50% of Americans floss daily, while nearly %19 don’t floss at all. Added to that, mouths come in all different shapes and sizes, and that extends to …

Keep Your Child’s Smile Sparkling this Spring Break

  Spring break is upon us, and with it comes a much needed respite from school and work. As exciting as spring break can be, sometimes we fail to adequately maintain our oral health. Luckily, there is an easy and effective way to stay on top of your oral health while on vacation. This spring break help your family keep …

From Eggshells to NASA – the Fascinating History of Toothpaste

  Did you know that toothbrushes used to be made of bone and horse hair? Oral health care has a long and weird history that stretches back centuries and includes numerous ingredients and tools that have helped carve the path for modern dentistry. Today, we look at the origins of toothpaste and how it has evolved into the array of …

Ten Fun Facts About Your Mouth!

  Your mouth is a fascinating place full of stories! For as long as humanity has existed, we’ve studied and minded our oral care. Below are some fun facts about your mouth, and the tools we use that keep our smiles healthy! 1 – Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the entire body! This makes it perfect for protecting teeth …

Does Your Child Play Sports? Their Teeth May be at Risk for Injury.

  Each year, almost 25 million children in the United States will play youth sports, and 1 in 3 young athletes will suffer an accidental injury. Dental injuries account for nearly 20% of all sports related injuries. Did you know that your child is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to their teeth when they aren’t wearing a mouth …

Why Xylitol is the Mouth Healthy Sugar Alternative

  Eating too much sugar can lead to tooth decay, but it can be difficult to find snacks or cook without sugar. However, there is an all-natural sweetener that can help clean teeth and still satisfy your sweet tooth. Today, we discuss how sugar can cause cavities, and how xylitol is the perfect mouth-healthy replacement for sugar. Sugar Fuels Cavities …

Should My Child Use Mouthwash?

  Different types of mouthwash have different benefits like preventing tooth decay, reducing plaque, freshening breath, and reducing and preventing gingivitis. But, it’s tough to know which types of mouthwash are safe for your children to use. Never fear, parents! We’ve outlined some of the things you should look for when finding the right mouthwash for you and your child. Start With the Results …

Top 3 Fruits for Teeth

  Fruit and vegetables not only positively impact your overall health, but they also impact your teeth! In fact, certain fruits can even damage your teeth with acidic attacks, or sugar overloads. But, there are some fruits that boost your overall oral health, and taste delicious. By adding these three fruits to your diet, you can improve your oral health. Apples Eating apples …

The Dangers of Oral Piercings

  Oral piercings are popular among teenagers, and are surprisingly common. Surveys of adolescents and young adults (age 13 – 29) report that 25% to 35% have a body piercing at a site other than the ear lobe. Despite the trendiness of body art, oral piercings can cause a variety of serious consequences that teenagers and parents should understand. Oral Piercings …

Cool Down with these Mouth-Healthy Summer Treats

  As the summer unfolds, your family will surely encounter long and hot days that seem to last forever. One way to fight the heat, and refresh your family is with some cold summer treats. Below are some of our favorite summer treats that will help cool you down and improve your oral health.   Yogurt and Fruit Popsicles Yogurt is high in …

How Did We end up with Gold Teeth? The Weird History of Dental Crowns

  Dental crowns – or sometimes called dental caps – are prosthetic devices places over broken teeth to strengthen and improve their appearance. Crowns are used to prevent weakened teeth from fracturing, as teeth replacements, or to cover a root canal, dental implant or a weak tooth. Crowns help keep teeth functional, and prevent improper bite alignment from occurring. How – and when – did we start …

The Ugly Truth About Candy

  Candy tastes great, but it isn’t a nutritionally sound snack that adequately fuels your child’s growing body. Additionally, candy can severely harm your child’s teeth and lead to cavities and oral health disease. But, not all candy effects teeth in the same way. In fact, candy has numerous ways in which it can damage teeth and lead to tooth …

3 Quick Tips to Cavity-Free Kids

  Childhood cavities are the most prevalent childhood illness in the United States, and they are almost entirely preventable. While treating cavities is more effective and comfortable now than ever before, some kids still experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. By following a few simple steps, you can help your kids keep cavities away and keep their dental appointments stress-free. 1 …

4 Fun Ways to Encourage Your Child to Brush Their Teeth

  As a parent, it’s your job to make oral healthcare fun, and as approachable as possible by mitigating fear and anxiety, and replacing negative feelings with optimism and instruction. A great place to begin encouraging your young child is at home. Try making oral healthcare fun and informative with these fun brushing tips!  1 – Use Videos For first time brushers, it …

5 Ways to Prevent Daily Acid Attacks on Tooth Enamel

  A recent study found that just over 41% of children in the United States suffer from acid erosion – which is an acid attack on tooth enamel that can lead to cavities and tooth decay. But, you can keep your children’s enamel strong, and prevent cavities with a few simple methods. 1 – Cut back on Citrus Food and …

What to do for a Broken Tooth

It can be scary when your child gets hurt or has an accident. As a parent, you’re equipped to handle a bruise or a scrape, but what about a broken tooth? Do you know how to handle a lost permanent tooth? Parents can take a few steps to help their children recover from a broken tooth, or one that is …

The Spirited History of Halloween

  Halloween is a great time for families to celebrate the fall season, and get to know your community through local festivals and trick-or-treating. But, how long have we been celebrating Halloween, and what does the holiday represent? Below, we’ll tell you about the original traditions associated with this festive holiday.   A Look at Old Ireland Halloween is over 2000 years old and originates in Celtic Ireland with the Festival of Samhain. The Festival of Samhain celebrates the incoming Celtic …

Limit These Thanksgiving Foods for the Sake of Your Teeth

  Thanksgiving is here, and with it comes a swath of seasonal treats that are usually enjoyed just once a year. Besides visiting family, Thanksgiving is a time for eating, and eating well. As your family enjoys this time together, keep your eyes out for a few Thanksgiving dishes that can harm your teeth, and turn your relaxing time off into a real tooth-ache. Cranberry Sauce …

Everything Parents Need to Know about the 4 Layers of Teeth

  Teeth are a lot of fun to learn about, and understanding teeth can help children enjoy going to the pediatric dentist! Did you know that teeth are composed of four primary layers? Each layer plays a pivotal role in supporting a strong smile and a healthy mouth. Try reading this article with your child, and teaching them about the four fun layers …

Just How Long Have Humans Chewed Gum?

  Did you know that humans have used animal hair to make toothbrushes, or that we’ve crushed shells to use as toothpaste? Over the years, humanity has had its ups and downs when discovering and designing medical technologies – especially oral care. But what about chewing gum? How long have we chewed gum, and has it ever helped clean teeth throughout history? Neolithic Tree Gum Did …

4 Steps to Keep Kids Cavity-Free in 2018

  2017 is almost over and the holiday season is underway. As families visit relatives near or far, oral health is probably the last thing on the minds of many parents. But, you can use the holiday down time to make a few changes in your child’s routine to get them a healthier smile in 2018. 1 – Brush Twice …

Sneaky Tooth Killers Your Kids Should Avoid

  Most parents know the importance of a proper oral health routine, and regular visits to the pediatric dentist. But, there are some silent tooth killers that parents need to recognize and avoid, to get their children a healthier smile. Chewing Ice Ice can be an awesome accompaniment to any drink, but to the surprise of many parents, it can also do quite a bit …

The New Mom’s Guide to Your Baby’s Mouth & Teeth

  Being a new mom is a great challenge, and an amazing responsibility. As a new parent, you’re probably searching for the best ways to raise a happy, healthy child. One great way to improve your child’s overall health is by paying attention to their oral health at an early age. Here’s some do’s and don’ts for new moms, and how …

Is Chewing Ice Bad for Your Teeth?

  It’s incredibly common for people to mindlessly chew ice. Unfortunately, chewing ice can cause a myriad of oral health issues, and even cost you an expensive trip to the dentist or orthodontist. Here’s some of the real damage caused by chewing ice. Chewing Ice can: Damage Tooth Enamel Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, yet …

Kids and Starbucks – Should Parents be Concerned?

  As a parent, you have the world on your mind when it comes to raising your child. A healthy diet is one of the primary concerns of most parents, and can go a long way in helping children get healthy teeth. Unfortunately, some of your child’s favorite drinks at Starbucks are packed with sugar, and terrible for their teeth. …

How to Make a Fast food Trip Mouth-Healthy

  As a parent, time is often in limited supply. That can lead you to foregoing making a meal, and instead choosing fast food to fuel your family. If you MUST eat fast food, then try making the meal a little healthier with these tips. Choose Your Drink with Care  A place where sugar loves to hide is in the …

How to Baby-Proof Your House

  New and expecting parents have a million things on their mind, all aimed at creating the healthiest environment possible for their young child. Today, we discuss how parents can baby-proof their house to prevent potential injuries to their babies and toddlers. First: Get on Their Level to Identify Problems Before beginning, identify potential problems by getting on your hands and …

3 Healthy Mouth Habits You’re Probably Ignoring

  There are some tried and true methods to get a healthy smile like avoiding sugar, brushing your teeth twice per day, and visiting your dentist twice per year. But, there are some more subtle actions that you can take to get a healthier smile that you may be ignoring. 1 – Floss Regularly  The fact is that brushing doesn’t …

The Perfect Oral Health Routine

  Consistency is key to getting a healthy, bright smile. By getting into the perfect oral health routine, you can get a radiant smile that you’re proud to share. Brush Regularly This one seems like a no brainer – but you must brush twice per day for two minutes at a time. When brushing, be sure to brush behind your teeth and pay attention …

The Hardest Substance in Your Body is Under Attack

  Tooth enamel is like a shield around teeth that helps protect them from tooth decay and cavities. But, that shield is under attack every day, leaving your teeth vulnerable to unhealthy bacteria. Here’s what you need to know about tooth enamel, and how you can keep your family’s tooth enamel strong. How Tooth Enamel Works  Tooth enamel is the …

Garden Goodies that Teeth Love!

  June is hot, and the perfect time to add more garden vegetables to your mouth-healthy diet.  This month, try incorporating some of these gifts from the garden that teeth – and taste buds – love! Cucumber Cucumbers are light and refreshing vegetables that are super versatile and tasty. They are packed full of water, which helps the body produce saliva that helps …

How to Keep Your Smile Healthy on Vacation

  Summer time vacations can be a great time to get away with your loved-ones for some crucial family time. But, a jam-packed Summer schedule can leave us with less time to take care of our teeth at home, which is why we’ve decided to help families keep their smiles healthy while on vacation! Drink Water Water is one of the best tools available to keep teeth naturally clean, and …

The Weird History of Fake Teeth

  Dental history is a winding story of tools and gadgets that helped humanity get healthier teeth. But, what happened when someone in the ancient world lost a tooth too soon? Here’s the odd history of fake teeth. Old Animal Teeth The oldest dentures ever recorded date back to around 2500 BC, and were found in Mexico. Excavators estimate that the ancient dentures were …

All About Spit: How Saliva Cleans Teeth

  Spit may seem like a gross subject, but it’s actually quite fascinating! The truth is, saliva plays a pivotal role in cleaning teeth, and maintaining overall oral health, making it worthy of a further look. What is Saliva? Saliva is a liquid made of water, mucus, proteins, minerals, and an enzyme called amylase made by the salivary glands in the mouth, cheek, …

8 Fun Facts about Flossing!

  Flossing is an important part of a proper oral health routine, but most people would rather go shopping for groceries than floss! To help make flossing fun, we found some of our favorite facts about floss to share with you! 1 – Flossing removes food debris and plaque that is wedged in the hard to reach areas between teeth. This plaque …

Bruxism can Cause Major Tooth Damage – but It can be Beat

  You’ve heard of cavities and tooth decay, but there’s a more subtle oral health ailment afflicting nearly 30% of children today – bruxism. Here’s what parents need to know about the problem, and how they can help their children beat it. What is Bruxism? Bruxism is more commonly known as teeth-grinding, and a surprising number of children suffer from it – around 3 …

Are You Prepared for a Dental Emergency?

  When it comes to raising children, parents have a lot on their plates. In order to help parents prepare for their rigorous duties, we’ve outlined a few common dental emergencies, and how you can handle them. How to Handle Your Child’s Dental Emergency First, stay calm and assess the severity of your child’s injury. Any blow to the head should be …

Your Teenager Probably Isn’t Getting Enough Sleep – Here’s how to Fix That.

  A good night’s sleep is absolutely important for your children’s health and academic performance. Unfortunately, most teenagers do not get adequate sleep during the week. Here’s what parents need to now about teenager’s sleep patterns, and how they can help their children get the sleep they need to succeed. The Facts about Teen Sleep During adolescence, a person’s biological sleep pattern …

Which Mouthwash is Right for My Children?

  We get many questions in our office about the best ways to help children get a healthy smile that last a lifetime. Today, we’re going to cover some key point about mouthwash, and how different types offer different benefits. Mouthwash is Versatile and Diverse First, you have to narrow down what you’re helping your child accomplish by adding mouthwash …

Try These Mouth-Healthy Halloween Treats Instead of Candy

  Halloween is full of candy and treats for children and families to share and enjoy. But, most of the treats being shared on Halloween are packed with sugar, and are terrible for teeth. Here’s some mouth-healthy alternatives for parents to consider passing out this Halloween. Pumpkin Seeds Halloween treats don’t have to be sweet all of the time. Pumpkin seeds are an excellent …

5 Halloween Costumes that are All About Teeth

  Halloween is such a fun time of year for communities to celebrate the changing season, and for children and families to get into costume. This year, we thought we’d share our favorite Halloween costumes that are all about teeth. 1 – Tooth Fairy  Our favorite dental character, the Tooth Fairy, makes an excellent costume choice for any young child going …

How Native Americans Cared for Their Teeth before the First Thanksgiving

  The toothbrush was first invented and popularized in Europe, so how did Native Americans care for their teeth before being introduced to the toothbrush? Healthy Dietary Practices The Native Americans were expert hunters and gatherers, and were able to survive completely off of the land. Their diet consisted mostly of corn (maize), beans, squash, fish and game. They would eat this food largely unaltered …

The Ultimate Tooth Care Kit for Holiday Vacation

  Thanksgiving gives families the chance to travel across the country to visit loved ones from afar, and enjoy collecting around a table to eat an incredible feast. If your family is traveling this Thanksgiving, be sure that everyone packs the right oral health kit to take care of their teeth while away from home. 1 – Tooth Brush & Travel Case Everyone …

5 Important Vitamins and Minerals for Healthy Teeth

  You may wonder to yourself “what makes something mouth-healthy,” or, “how can I tell if something is healthy for my teeth and gums?” Well, below is a list of our favorite vitamins and minerals for healthier teeth and gums. Calcium Calcium is one of the most abundant minerals in the body and it aids in a number of processes, …

The Perfect Mouth-Healthy Stocking Stuffers

  Stocking are usually hung with care and full of sweet treats that aren’t exactly great for teeth. But we have some recommendations for our favorite mouth-healthy stocking stuffers that can give your child a leg up on oral health this holiday season. Toothbrush Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months, depending upon the health of the bristles, which makes Christmas the …

4 Keys to a Healthier Mouth this Year

  2019 is here, and with it comes a new year to tackle oral health success! Here’s our keys to a healthier mouth this year. 1 – Enjoy a Mouth-Healthy Diet  Fibrous fruits and vegetables actually scrub teeth as they are being consumed, which helps remove bad mouth bacteria that lead to cavities and tooth decay. When eating fibrous fruits and vegetables, be …

3 Handy Snacks for Healthy Teeth on the Go

  Life is busy, and sometimes families need to snack while away from home. But, you don’t have to sacrifice your oral health just because you’re snacking on the go. Here’s our favorite handy snacks for those eating away from home. Nuts Nuts are another handy snack that promote a healthy mouth. Nuts are rich in protein, which helps to build stronger …

Did the Ancient Egyptians have Dentists?

  Oral health practices stretch back into early human history. Today, we look at how the ancient Egyptians took care of their teeth and discuss some of the contributions they’ve made to dental care. The First Dentist Oral care in Egypt dates back to 2000 B.C., and the ancient Egyptians were way ahead of their time in terms of oral care and procedures. The …

Easy Ways to Help Your Children Become Comfortable with Oral Care

  Getting your child excited about visiting the dentist can be incredibly difficult, and many children feel stressed out about visiting for the first time. Here’s how parents can help their children overcome their fear of visiting the dentist’s office, and help them become more comfortable with oral care. Schedule a Stress-Free First Visit  Kids are usually very nervous to visit the …

What are Dental Sealants and How do They Help Teeth?

  Dental sealants are very common tool that dentists use to help “seal teeth off” and prevent cavities. Here’s all you need to know about dental sealants, and about how they help teeth. How do Dental Sealants Work? Food left on teeth fuels bad bacteria that cause cavities by giving them the nutrition they need to thrive. Molars are particularly susceptible …

Common Dental Emergencies that Require a Trip to the Dentist

  It can be scary when your child gets hurt or has an accident. As a parent, you’re equipped to handle a bruise or a scrape, but what about a broken tooth? Do you know how to handle a lost permanent tooth? When it comes to the following dental emergencies, it’s best to take your child to the dentist. 1- …

Is Starbucks OK for Children’s Teeth?

  Starbucks is incredibly for adults and adolescents alike. While adults tend to drink coffee without a lot of added sugar, some of the drinks that children enjoy are loaded with sugar, and terrible for teeth. If your child enjoys Starbucks, take a closer look at what they are drinking. The Problem: Way Too Much Sugar  Sugar feeds the harmful …

Can This Sweetener Promote Healthy Teeth?

Eating too much sugar can lead to tooth decay, but it can be difficult to find snacks or cook without sugar. However, there is an all-natural sweetener that can help clean teeth and still satisfy your sweet tooth. Here’s how sugar can lead to cavities, and why xylitol is a sugar substitute you should know about. Sugar Fuels Cavities  Sugar feeds the …

Pediatric Dentistry Q&A

  Today, our team thought we would answer some of the most frequent questions about pediatric dentistry and oral health we hear from parents. What constitutes a “healthy, balanced diet” for my child? A healthy, balanced diet contains all the nutrients your child needs to grow, including one serving each of fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy …

Are My Child’s Baby Teeth on Schedule?

Your darling three-month old is crying and fussy—can she be teething already? Or, your happy baby boy has just celebrated his first birthday—with only one tooth in that beautiful, gummy smile. Is this normal? Probably! While baby teeth do typically erupt (come in) in the same order for all babies, and around the same time, there is still a lot …

Summer Sports and Mouthguards

  School’s out and you’ve emptied your gym locker until next fall. But while you’re stowing away the football gear, the basketball warm-ups, the field hockey sticks, and all the other equipment you’ve collected over the school year (that’s where that other shoe went!), be sure to keep one item handy: your mouthguard. Team and contact sports like football, basketball, …

Periodontal Disease In Adolescents

Our team knows that periodontal disease isn’t something exclusive to adults. It can affect adolescents as well. Gingivitis, which is a milder form of periodontitis, is a form of periodontal disease, and a warning that more serious problems may arise. Untreated gingivitis can develop into full-blown periodontitis. The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) explains that research proves that younger people …

5 Foods Swaps For Healthy Teeth

           When it comes to taking care of our teeth, striving for perfection is unrealistic. Rather than completely cutting out foods that may harm your smile, try swapping them for less damaging alternatives.      Below are 5 easy food swaps you can make for clean, shiny teeth!       Swap sticky candies or dried …