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Five habits you should avoid if you want healthy teeth

By: www.startsat60.com If you think that in order to maintain great dental hygiene all you need to do is brush and floss each day, you might want to think again. As it turns out there are several everyday habits that could be putting your chompers at risk of decay, cracking and the erosion of enamel. If you want to ensure your teeth remain in the best possible shape, dentists recommend you cut out the following habits: Biting your nails It might seem like a harmless nervous habit, but biting your nails can chip teeth and place strain on your jaw. According to the Colgate Oral Care Center and the American Dental Association, if you bite your nails, chew on pencils…

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Are Cavities Contagious from Mom to Baby?

By Alice Callahan, www.scienceofmom.com You’ve heard the warning before: Don’t share saliva with your baby. No sharing utensils, food, or toothbrushes. No “cutting” grapes in half with your own teeth. No cleaning the crud off the corner of her mouth with a little spit on your finger. No blowing on your baby’s hot food or tasting it yourself first. All of these things can spread mama’s saliva to baby and infect her mouth with cavity-causing bacteria. I’ve heard these warnings, but all I can say is, “Seriously?” In my mind, a little saliva-sharing between mom and baby is unavoidable. I have tried. It wasn’t too difficult for the first few months of BabyC’s life, but then she started fish-hooking my…

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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR BABY’S TEETH FROM CAVITIES

By: www.aapd.org Did you know that cavities are caused by germs that are passed from adult to child? Babies are born without the bacteria that causes caries- the disease that leads to cavities. They get it from spit that is passed from their caregiver’s mouth to their own. Caregivers pass on these germs by sharing saliva- by sharing spoons, by testing foods before feeding it to babies, by cleaning off a pacifier in their mouth instead of with water, and through other activities where saliva is shared. These germs can start the process that causes cavities even before babies have teeth, so it’s important to avoid sharing saliva with your baby right from the start. See below for more tips…

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Silver diamine fluoride arrests untreated dental caries

By: Elise Sarvas, D.D.S., M.S.D., M.P.H. and Jeffrey M. Karp, D.M.D., M.S., http://www.aappublications.org Untreated dental caries are a significant pediatric public health problem. One in every seven U.S. children ages 2 to 8 years has untreated dental caries in primary teeth, according to National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data (Dye BA, et al. NCHS data brief, no 191. Hyattsville, Md.; National Center for Health Statistics, 2015). One in every seven U.S. children ages 2 to 8 years has untreated dental caries in primary teeth. While fluoride varnish application is a well-established primary intervention for preventing dental caries, it does not restore deeper cavitated lesions. Untreated dental decay extending through the tooth’s enamel layer requires mechanical removal of decayed tissue…

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How to make a tooth fairy pillow tutorial

By Kathy Mathews, http://www.chicagonow.com Materials for 12 pillows 1 yard tooth fabric scraps of white fabric stuffing or leftover batting thread Steps for How to Make a Tooth Fairy Pillow First Step – Cut the pillow fabric into the size which works for how much fabric you have. I cut mine into 7 inch strips minding the design. I cut each of those strips into 3 pieces giving me a piece that was 7 inches by 14 inches. If I had my druthers, I would have made it a bit larger. But I only had a yard and I wanted at least eleven. You can make yours wider or longer but I would recommend cutting on a fold to have…

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How to Use Diet to Prevent Kid’s Cavities

By: Jennifer Lance, www.ecochildsplay.com Every time we go to the pediatric dentist, I worry he will find a cavity in my son’s mouth. My son was riddled with early childhood caries as a toddler, and he has had one cavity since. The patch within his heart makes dental work particularly worrisome, and I have read of other congenital heart parents restricting their children’s sugar intake to prevent cavities. Thankfully, sugar is not to blame for children’s cavities. Sugar causes cavities…right? WRONG! According to pediatric dentist Dr. Roger W. Lucas, DDS, parents should be more concerned about carbohydrates than sugar for dental health. In his book More Chocolate, No Cavities: How Diet Can Keep Your Kid Cavity-Free, Dr. Lucas clearly explains…

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The Ramifications of Skipping the Floss When Brushing Teeth

By: Lee Ladyga, www.newswire.net When it comes to good oral health, most adults across the country understand that brushing their teeth is a must along with regular dental checkups. Yet when it comes to flossing, people are closing their medical cabinets without performing this necessary dental health procedure in their home. The facts speak for themselves in the 2009 to 2012 data that has been gathered by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Survey. In this conducted research, it has been discovered that one-third of adults from the age of 30 and over are not flossing their teeth. Flossing the teeth involves the process of using a filament material to get in-between teeth to clean…

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Dentists adopting drill-and-fill alternative

By Kathleen McLaughlin, www.bendbulletin.com Preschoolers, elderly people and others who are ill-suited to go under a dentist’s drill have an alternative that proponents say will stop their tooth decay quickly, painlessly and cheaply. A subsidiary of Advantage Dental of Redmond has been marketing since last spring a silver fluoride product called Advantage Arrest, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved to treat dental sensitivity. Its real purpose, however, is to stop tooth decay, and it’s about to become even easier for dentists in Oregon and across the country to use it. The American Dental Association approved a new billing code that can be used for silver fluoride treatments starting in January, said Gary Allen, dental director for Advantage, which…