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Oral Health

How Much Calcium Does My Child Need?

By | Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

Calcium is an important mineral that not only supports the growth of your child’s bones, but it is also essential for the healthy development of your child’s teeth. Your child needs calcium to strengthen their teeth and protect them from developing cavities by neutralizing acids that cause tooth decay.  Why Is Phosphorus Needed? Calcium is necessary for jawbones to be healthy and strong enough to hold teeth in place. However, phosphorus is also required to maximize the bone-strengthening benefits of calcium. Children’s teeth need adequate amounts…

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6 Tips to Keep Teeth Healthy While on Vacation

By | Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

Summer is almost here, and it’s time to look forward to that family vacation. You might be planning a road trip to visit a bunch of national parks or heading toward your delightfully rustic lakeside cabin. Whatever kind of vacation you are looking forward to, it’s important not to forget about your family’s oral health while you are no longer in your familiar home. Here are some ways to keep teeth healthy while on vacation: 1. Have a Checkup Before…

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Hygiene for Teens: Why Good Habits Are Important

By | Children's Dentistry, Oral Health, Oral Hygiene

Good health habits and personal hygiene are essential life skills. When your child reaches those teen years, you might think they should have learned how to care for their body (after all, you’ve been teaching them about this for years!). However, most adolescents still need some guidance about health and hygiene for teens. Teens need to learn the life skills that are going to be necessary in order to become healthy, responsible adults. Why Is Hygiene for Teens Important? Many teens tend…

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Dig This! 8 Ways Gardening Creates a Healthy Family

By | Oral Health

Before the advent of personal technology and social media, parents and their kids had no other choice but to actually talk and interact with each other. Alas, the new normal is entire families fixated on their screens without exchanging a single word. But, it doesn’t have to always be like this. One way for everyone to connect is to put aside their phones and engage in gardening together. Other benefits include making kids smarter and healthier – here’s why.  1. Students Score…

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You CAN Improve Gum Disease

By | Oral Health, Oral Hygiene, Uncategorized

The best way of treating any disease is to catch it as early as possible, and periodontal (gum) disease is no exception. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) informs us that nearly half of all US adults over the age of thirty have some form of gum disease. Conditions vary in acuteness from a mild inflammatory issue (gingivitis) to a much more serious chronic gum disease called periodontitis, which can lead to the loss of teeth. However, there is much reason for optimism…

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Are There Foods/Drinks That Are Good for Dental Health?

By | Oral Health

There is a well-known saying: you are what you eat. This adage also applies to your mouth and your teeth. To maintain good oral health and prevent dental cavities, what you eat matters. When you eat certain foods, changes immediately start happening in your mouth. Bacteria become busy converting carbohydrates and sugars into acids. These acids attack the enamel on your teeth, starting the process of decay. The more times in a day you eat, the more frequently you expose…

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Remedies for Tight Jaw

By | Oral Health

A tight jaw can be responsible for discomfort in many areas of your body, including your teeth, face, neck, ears, and head. The pain may be severe or described as throbbing or achy and can become worse when yawning or chewing. Other symptoms of a tight jaw include: Locking of the jaw joint. Limited range of motion when trying to open the mouth. Unpleasant clicking sounds. Read on to learn about possible remedies for tight jaw.  Exercises to Ease Jaw…

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February is National Children’s Dental Hygiene Month

By | Oral Health

Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? This national month-long health observance is brought to you by the American Dental Association (ADA). It provides a platform for thousands of dental professionals, healthcare providers, and healthcare educators to promote the benefits of good dental hygiene for children.  Every year, some particular aspect of children’s dental health is emphasized, and 2020 is no exception. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the decision to add fluoride to community water…

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What is the Best Age to Begin Dental Visits?

By | Children's Dentistry, Dental Visit, Oral Health

Parents are often unsure about when a child’s first dental visit should take place. Should you wait until they have all of their baby teeth or maybe not make that appointment unless there is a problem? The experts say neither. That first visit should happen much sooner, and it can accomplish some important things for your child.  The Timing of Your Child’s First Dental Visit According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association, a child’s…

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Healthy Snacks That Make Kids Happy

By | Children's Dentistry, Oral Health

Proper dental care for your kids goes beyond daily brushing and flossing. It’s also important to maintain a healthy diet that is rich in low-sugar, nutritious foods. While kids might not be thrilled with a plate of raw celery sticks or broccoli, there are plenty of healthy snacks you can provide that are also appealing and tasty.  Snack Foods to Avoid When you choose snack foods, keep a close eye on the sugar content. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration…

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