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A healthy smile for babies is part of a healthy start

By: www.local12.com The first smile is a milestone that can warm your heart. After many long and often sleep-deprived nights, suddenly your baby turns to you and grins. But a baby’s smile is so much more-it has an important role in his or her lifelong health. Baby teeth are vital for chewing foods and speech. They prepare the mouth and jaw for permanent teeth as well. Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases among children today-the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about 1 in 5 kids ages 5 to 11 have untreated tooth decay. Yet we know that proper oral health early in a child’s life can also reduce problems later on. What parents…

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Childhood nutrition and exercise key to healthy life

By: www.newarkadvocate.com Nutrition and exercise habits made during childhood can be vital for a person’s long-term health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that children now spend over 7.5 hours in front of a screen each day, showing the lack of youth exercise. The organization also reported the number of obese children has increased from 4 to 20 percent over the past 40 years, reflecting the lack of nutritional awareness among our youth. Developing a healthy lifestyle for a child through proper nutrition and exercise will create a healthier life for children and make a difference for children in future generations. A healthy eating plan can help individuals achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, consume…

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Why Dental Decay Is Scary

By: E Kumar Sharma, Business Today Believe it or not, poor dental health will not only cost you a fortune when you seek emergency dental care but may also lead to serious health problems such as gum inflammation, tooth loss, bone issues, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Failure to maintain oral hygiene is emerging as a new area of concern as people now live longer and gorge more on junk foods. Many people often neglect simple things like brushing their teeth at night (brushing should be done twice a day, every day, along with flossing). Such negligence, coupled with unhealthy food habits over a long period, can have a damaging impact on dental health. It is quite serious as addiction to…

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This smart toothbrush will clean all your teeth in just 6 seconds

By: www.digitaltrends.com There are plenty of things in life that are a part of our routine. We’ve gotten used to them. They’re comfortable and familiar. And brushing your teeth is a perfect example. You expect to block out three to four minutes every morning and every night to brush every tooth one at a time until they’re squeaky clean. But not anymore. The creators of Unobrush have reinvented the way we brush our teeth. And, turns out, they’re absolutely crushing it on KickStarter, where the project is being crowdfunded. Looking nothing like a traditional toothbrush, the device uses an ergonomic, patent-pending medical-grade sponge-like mouthpiece and pulsing sonic vibrations to clean all of your teeth simultaneously in just 6 seconds! Think…

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What Are Teeth Made Of?

By Akshima Sahi, BDS, www.news-medical.net Teeth contribute to the important functions of food mastication, swallowing, digestion, speech, and aesthetics in humans. Each tooth component serves a specific purpose. The development of human teeth begins in the womb. Children generally have their primary tooth (deciduous tooth) eruption around 6 months of age. By the age of 12, most primary teeth have been lost and secondary teeth continue to replace those teeth until adulthood. The human tooth is divided into three different parts: *Crown – This is the visible portion of the tooth. It covers nearly two-thirds of the total tooth structure. The crown lies above the gums (gingiva). *Neck- The small and narrow portion lying between the crown and root of…

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Creative ways to keep ‘the dream’ alive for your children

By: Jane Linley-Thomas, www.ecr.co.za Parents have the responsibility to keep the dreams of their kids alive, but sometimes they forget, and then the panic starts to set in. This is what happened with Jane recently. My kids are moving into the age of questioning whether or not Father Christmas, the tooth fairy, and Easter Bunny are real or not. My eldest announced the other day that he thinks Father Christmas had red hair and his wife has short black hair. Hmm. Sounds familiar, right? I am trying to keep the joy alive for the twins, but my daughter is already poking holes in the stories. Fast forward to Wednesday morning. My daughter lost her first tooth. There was much excitement…

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Start your child early on a dental hygiene routine

By: www.indianexpress.com Oral care is not just about having a good smile; it is also about maintaining a consistent oral hygiene to ensure good health of teeth and gums. Babies and toddlers are at just as much risk of dental decay as adults. When it comes to protecting your baby’s teeth and gums, a bit of effort goes a long way, and the earlier the better. Oral hygiene must start at the very beginning of a child’s life. Even before his or her first teeth emerge, certain factors can affect their future appearance and health. Parents should start giving attention to the baby’s oral care and prevention of cavities at an early stage. Babies with good oral hygiene stay healthier…

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What Are Antioxidants? Are They Healthy? Here’s How You Can Include Them In Your Diet

By: www.ndtv.com Antioxidants have been the topic of discussion for a long time. Antioxidants are vitamins and minerals that protect our bodies from the damage done caused by free radicals. Free radicals are molecules which attack our bodies’ healthy cells and weaken the immune system. They provide numerous health benefits and are very important for overall health, because if free radicals are left unchallenged, they can cause many chronic diseases. Therefore, it becomes necessary that we incorporate antioxidants into our diet for a healthy lifestyle. Antioxidants, include vitamins C, A and E, lycopene, lutein, beta-carotene, flavonoids, selenium and they all can be found in certain foods, herbs and spices as well as dietary supplements. Why is it important to include…