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When Should A Baby See A Dentist For The First Time? Earlier Than You Think

By: Shari Maurer, www.romper.com Taking care of your kids’ teeth is as important as taking care of the rest of their bodies. Looking at your toothless wonder, it may be hard to imagine a life full of dental visits, orthodontia, and maybe even oral surgery (because wisdom teeth rarely behave themselves and often need to be removed) but they are all a reality and may come sooner than you might think. If you want to get an early start on dental health, you might wonder when your baby should see a dentist to make sure you don’t get behind on their tooth care. Within six months of those little white gems poking through their baby gums or when they are…

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12-year-old candy entrepreneur makes it big with healthy lollipops

By: Darcel Rockett, Chicago Tribune Haave you ever wondered what the prequel to “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” would look like? It may resemble the career trajectory of Alina Morse — the 12-year-old founder/inventor of Zollipops (aka the “clean teeth lollipops”). Zollipops are natural lollipops that contain erythritol, xylitol and stevia (sugar alternatives), which neutralize acid in the mouth and reduce the risk of tooth decay and cavities. The sixth-grader had the idea for healthier suckers when she was still in the single digits, according to her father and manager Tom Morse. A simple visit to the bank and a teller offering her a lollipop with sugar led her to ask her father: “Why can’t we have candy that’s…

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Chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes daily can prevent cavities and tooth decay

By: Anonna Dutt, www.hindustantimes.com Want to prevent cavities and tooth decay? Chew gum for 20 minutes every day. Make sure it’s sugar-free though. A 25-country study published in the American Journal of Dentistry shows that increasing the consumption of sugar-free gum by just one-piece a day as part of the oral hygiene routine can reduce the global expenditure on treating tooth decays by $4.1 billion a year. “The study represents a solid and substantial approach to the accurate calculation of cost savings in industrial countries that would arise from increasing sugar-free gum consumption,” said professor Reinhard Rychlik, the study’s lead author. “Chewing sugar-free gum as a preventive measure for tooth decay has the potential to deliver significant dental care cost…

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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…