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Baby Your Baby: Oral Health for Babies

BY LESLIE TILLOTSON, www.kutv.com Good oral health starts by creating a routine with your child – before they even have teeth. This includes not putting baby to bed with a bottle, and remembering to wipe their gums with a clean washcloth during bath time. “Start brushing teeth once that first tooth pops through,” says Dr. Carly Sorenson, Pediatrician at Central Orem Pediatrics. This should be done using a small toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste. If your child is under the age of three, use a grain of rice sized glob of toothpaste; over the age of three, toothpaste should be pea sized. Another way to protect baby’s teeth is to introduce a sippy cup at six months and get rid of…

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Five Habits That Prevent Teeth Damage

By: http://www.en.netralnews.com Prevention is better than cure, as is the case with teeth. To prevent the discoloration of your teeth it is advisable to take precautions as soon as possible. Here are some preventive steps you can take, namely: 1. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, after lunch and before bedtime. Brush your teeth the right way by rotating. To be more leverage is recommended to replace the toothbrush 3-4 months. Choose a soft bristle toothbrush with a brush head that can reach all parts of the tooth. Do not forget the tongue brush, which is a gathering place of bacteria that can cause bad breath. 2. Choose the toothpaste as natural as possible. Avoid using existing toothpaste…

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The dangers of sugary drinks

By: www.southcoasttoday.com Today children and even adults are consuming a large amount of sugary drinks. Some companies are able to camouflage the dangers by making them sound like they are good for us. Even some flavored waters that claim to contain vitamins in them have several teaspoons of sugar. Sugary drinks pose a serious health concern: childhood obesity. Children consume large amounts of sugar everyday through drinks, snacks, candy, and even in items such as ketchup. There is an epidemic today of overweight children. Some children carry their weight into adulthood. Obesity in children and adults carry hefty health dangers. It’s critical to try and keep our children from becoming obese. Cutting back their sugary drinks and paying close attention…

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Baby teeth DO matter

By: http://tvcnews.tv The Welsh Government’s ‘Baby Teeth DO Matter’ campaign was launched to raise the awareness of the importance of adopting healthy dental habits early to prevent tooth decay. The message to parents is: Children should start having their teeth brushed as soon as the first teeth come through at 6 months. Brush teeth last thing at night before going to bed and one other time during the day. Use a smear of family fluoride toothpaste, Take children to the dentist before the age of one and the whole family should be having routine dental check ups. Reduce the amount and frequency of sugary foods and drinks in diet from the weaning stage. Speaking after the visit Vaughan Gething said:…

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Do you have the cavity gene?

By:  www.ksat.com You’ve heard it countless times: it runs in the family. But usually, people are talking about the color of your hair or problems with your heart. However, a dental decay gene may also be something your parents have passed along to you. Six-year-old Hoxie Flowers’ mom, Jennifer, figured out a fun way to teach her son how to take care of his teeth. “It was hard in the beginning to brush his teeth, very hard,” Jennifer told Ivanhoe. Jennifer worries because cavities seem to run in her family. “He’s possibly prone like I am,” said Jennifer. Professor and Dean of Nova Southeastern University Linda Niessen, DMD, MPH, is increasingly convinced there is, in fact, a cavity gene. “Dental…

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How parents can protect against cracked or broken teeth

By: ERICA FRANCIS, www.fox17online.com Remember when you chipped or lost a tooth as a kid? How can you keep the same thing from happening to your kids? It helps to know what to do … and how to prevent dental problems. If your child comes home missing a tooth, find the tooth and take the child and the tooth to the dentist ASAP. Any tooth that is knocked out must be re-implanted within an hour. If there’s bleeding, rinse the mouth and apply pressure to the bleeding with a tissue or even a tea bag. Rinse the tooth in milk and keep it in milk until you get to the dentist. There are various treatments for a cracked, chipped or…

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BRUSH YOUR TEETH! IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE

By: Cheryl Critchley, University of Melbourne Next time you’re racing out of the house without cleaning your teeth, think again. Neglecting your pearly whites can lead to a lot more than the odd filling. It’s the simplest of actions, but brushing your teeth properly with a good fluoride toothpaste that produces plenty of white froth could save your life. The worst most of us expect when we forget to brush and floss is plaque build-up and decay. But poor oral hygiene has also been linked to a range of conditions including some cancers, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy complications. It seems incredible, but it’s quite logical when you think about it. A healthy mouth harbors small amounts of bacteria…

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Early care can take the bite out of dental problems later

By: Larry Wood, www.aikenstandard.com Good dental health begins in infancy, and that early attention to oral hygiene and care can mean strong teeth and gums as children become young adults and seniors. Dr. Thom Akins, a pediatric dentist in Aiken, said the earlier a child begins visits to the dentist, the better. “We like to see children earlier than most people anticipate,” Akins said. “Historically, people are accustomed to taking their children to the dentist around age 3 or 4, but as pediatric dentists, we prefer to see them within six months of the first tooth coming in or by the age of 1, whichever comes first.” During those early visits, a parent holds the child while he does an…