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The real truth about sugary drinks: How much is OK for kids to consume?

By: Jayne O’Donnell, Too much sugar is associated with type 2 diabetes, heart disease and tooth decay. But it can be so good and can seem addictive — even if it’s not. Should we tell our kids to cut it out? Maybe so. About two-thirds of kids have had at least one soda, fruit juice or sports drink on a given day, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And nearly a quarter of children aged 12 to 19 in the U.S. have either type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, according to a separate, 2012 study in the journal Pediatrics. “We’re not talking about people in their latter stages of life,” says Shawn McIntosh,…


5 Crazy Things That Happen When You Don’t Brush Your Tongue

By: You brush your teeth after every meal and floss on the regular before going to sleep. But if you’re not taking a few minutes out of your day to brush your tongue as well, your oral health habits need an upgrade. “More than 700 different bacterial species live in the mouth,” explains Vera W.L. Tang, D.D.S., clinical assistant professor in the department of periodontics and implant dentistry at New York University. Not all of these microbes are harmful. But when the bad ones set up shop and multiply in the crevices around the papillae, or small bumps, on the surface of the tongue, they can inflict some real damage. How’s that? Think of your tongue as a bacteria…

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What you need to know about your child’s teeth

By: JOANNA NESBIT, Taking care of your kids’ teeth might seem as simple as making sure they brush every night, but there’s more to good oral health than just brushing. Besides, good dental habits will stay with them for life. Dental disease is a big deal — it’s the most common chronic disease in children, contributing to 52 million lost school hours. So what can parents do to make sure they’re covering all the bases? Here are a few common questions parents aren’t asking their dentist but should be. What should I know about good preventative care at home? Good prevention habits reduce the risk of cavities, and dental sealants, one of the best preventative measures, can reduce disease…


Two in three children’s drinks are bad for teeth

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER, Two in three drinks consumed by primary school children are bad for their teeth, research suggests. Water accounts for only a quarter of liquids drunk by five to nine-year-olds, while plain milk makes up only 10 per cent. ‘Diet’ fizzy drinks make up 30 per cent of overall consumption. The survey, commissioned by the Natural Hydration Council which is funded by the bottled water industry, comes after the Royal College of Surgeons last week warned that tooth extractions among under-fives had increased 24 per cent in a decade. Dr Emma Derbyshire, nutritionist and adviser to the council, said: ‘Public Health England recommends adults and children should swap sugary drinks for healthier alternatives, such as water….

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5 watch-outs for your teeth during pregnancy

By: Dr Matt Hopcraft, While moms-to-be are aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and taking care of their bodies during pregnancy, they may not know about the effects that pregnancy can have on their teeth and gums. Think cavities, damaged tooth enamel, and even periodontal disease. While the old wives’ tale ‘gain a child, lose a tooth’ is probably a bit of a stretch, there is a link between pregnancy and dental problems. Leading Australian dentist and Oral-B consultant, Clinical Associate Professor Matt Hopcraft shares some of the biggest concerns mums-to-be should look out for, and tips on how to maintain good oral health during pregnancy. 1. Morning sickness Morning sickness is most common during the…


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., 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…