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Healthy smiles begin with healthy habits

By: www.chieftain.com Healthy, beautiful smiles start when your child is an infant. Healthy habits need to begin early in life so they continue throughout a child’s life. And without attention and care, infants and toddlers can develop serious and painful dental disease. The most common cause of tooth loss in children is not accidents or injuries — it is baby-bottle tooth decay (BBTD), a pattern of severe and rapid tooth decay in infants and toddlers that results from improper feeding practices. Every time your infant or child consumes sugary or sweet liquids, the acids produced by the plaque attack the baby teeth. After many attacks, cavities may begin to form. The teeth most susceptible to BBTD are the upper front…

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17 brilliant uses for toothpaste… that don’t involve your teeth!

  By: www.startsatsixty.com Toothpaste is such a common object in our house that we can often forget how useful it can be – it isn’t just a teeth cleaner! It’s actually an awesome cleaning aid, as well as a stand in for creams, beauty products and other expensive pastes. Here’s some of our favourite ways to use toothpaste, do you have any others to add? 1. Clean your iron Irons get built up grime over time, so to clean them, use a non-gel toothpaste to gently remove the gunk. Make sure the iron is cool and turned off at the power point. Wipe off and polish. 2. Polish your diamond rings Who needs expensive ring cleaners when you have toothpaste?…

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Keep your toothbrush clean, and other teeth tips

By: Kim Glover, http://www.union-bulletin.com Sometimes the most useful information is not found in a textbook. Here are several of the more useful dental tips I have come across during my years as a dental hygienist — including one to prevent “brain freeze.” Maybe one will help you. Keep toothbrushes separate — Your toothbrush most likely won’t make you sick if you keep using it after having a cold or flu. The University of Rochester Medical Center says you are unlikely to become reinfected by your toothbrush. After recovering from an illness, your immune system has learned how to neutralize that particular virus or bacteria. However, each person should make sure their toothbrush does not touch anyone else’s brush when it…

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Baby Teeth – Tooth Fairy and Worldwide Traditions

  By: www.toothpick.com Over the centuries, parents have developed traditions and customs to excite children about the event and help ease their worries. The Tooth Fairy is a well-known character in most English-speaking countries, but she doesn’t visit children worldwide. Many countries have their own unique traditions, that any parent can utilize to make this a special, exciting time instead of something to dread. The Tooth Fairy In England, the United States, Canada, and many other countries, parents encourage their children to place the lost tooth underneath their pillow. The Tooth Fairy comes during the night and buys the tooth by swapping it for a little money, usually a coin or a few coins. In Tooth Fairyland, the fairies use…

Can Gummy Vitamins Harm Teeth?

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 contain ingredients that can be found in traditional candy, such as glucose syrup (sugar).  Even sugar free gummies can also contain sticky gelatin and enamel eating citric acid. Deciding whether or not to use gummy vitamins may come down to what you or your children are most likely to actually use as well as what your own dietary requirements.  If it’s…

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7 ways to whiten teeth naturally

By: Lambeth Hochwald, www.mnn.com If your teeth have been looking less than pearly white lately, and you don’t want to use commercial whitening products to perk them up, read on. Turns out, there are seven smart ways to whiten teeth that don’t require the use of tooth-whitening strips or abrasive products. 1. Harness the power of fruits and veggies Strawberries and apples contain malic acid, which acts as a whitener, says Kourosh Maddahi, a cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills, California. In general, most crunchy fruits and veggies have enough abrasiveness to clean tooth surfaces without posing any harm to the enamel. “In addition, the high fiber in fruit acts like a gentle scrub, too,” Maddahi says. “They also increase saliva…

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Smart Toothbrush Beam Adds Gamfication That Gets Kids to Brush Their Teeth

By: www.hitconsultant.net Beam, the smarter dental insurance company, launched “Boulders and Band-Aids” within the Beam app, adding a gamification layer on top of the brushing behavior data already collected via the Beam Brush. The new game allows anyone who brushes their teeth while using the connected Beam Brush or the Beam app’s manual timer to earn lives to play the game, which encourages users to brush more often, for longer. The Beam app is available for free from the App Store and Google Play. A vast majority of oral diseases are preventable, yet they still affect a substantial portion of our population. Specifically, tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions in children: even though tooth decay is…

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Xylitol: A Sweetener That’s Good For Your Teeth

By: By Robert Iafelice, www.lifeextension.com A sugar substitute with beneficial health properties that is growing in popularity is xylitol. While xylitol is a natural substance found in fruits and vegetables, it is also naturally produced in our bodies during normal carbohydrate metabolism. An average-size adult makes up to 15 grams of xylitol daily. Xylitol is classified as a sugar alcohol (like sorbitol, mannitol, erythritol, etc) because its chemical structure partially resembles sugar and partially resembles alcohol It is actually a carbohydrate that looks and tastes remarkably like table sugar with 40% fewer calories and practically no aftertaste It is used as a sweetener in chewing gums, mints, beverages, sweets, toothpaste and in tabletop granular form. It has been approved for…