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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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Baby teeth DO matter

By: http://tvcnews.tv The Welsh Government’s ‘Baby Teeth DO Matter’ campaign was launched to raise the awareness of the importance of adopting healthy dental habits early to prevent tooth decay. The message to parents is: Children should start having their teeth brushed as soon as the first teeth come through at 6 months. Brush teeth last thing at night before going to bed and one other time during the day. Use a smear of family fluoride toothpaste, Take children to the dentist before the age of one and the whole family should be having routine dental check ups. Reduce the amount and frequency of sugary foods and drinks in diet from the weaning stage. Speaking after the visit Vaughan Gething said:…

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Why Do Teeth Hurt?

By: Tia Ghose, www.livescience.com That gnawing, throbbing pain, the sharp jolt from a cup of hot coffee — almost everyone alive today has experienced the intense pain of a toothache. But why exactly do we get toothaches? In short, it is because, unlike hair or nails, teeth are made up of living tissue, said Christine Wall, an evolutionary anthropologist at Duke University who studies the evolution of teeth. Pain is the brain’s way of knowing something has gone wrong in the tissue, she said. “Under the cap of enamel, there are two other layers that are living,” Wall told Live Science. Those living tissues are threaded with nerves that send signals to the brain, when encountering hot and cold foods,…

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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…

Parent to Parent: All You Need to Know About Your Child’s Teeth

  By: Humairah Shah, www.huffingtonpost.com Whether you’re a parent in the US or anywhere else in the world, raising your first child is invariably a steep learning curve. With so much on our plates, it’s easy for parents to overlook caring for baby’s teeth, but a few useful tips will keep us on track. Aww…the First Tooth A baby’s first tooth erupts between four to eight months of age and typically by the time he or she is two-and-a-half to three-years old, every baby tooth should have erupted. Some children have a difficult time during teething, while others sprout teeth effortlessly. When babies are teething, they tend to be droolers and often refuse to eat because their gums hurt. Excessive…

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Zollipops Offer Sweet Relief While Being Healthy for Teeth

  By: www.foodprocessing.com Zollipops were created by Alina Morse, an innovative young girl in Michigan who was inspired after a trip to the bank with her dad. When the teller offered her a sucker, dad quickly reminded Alina how sugar can be bad for your teeth. Having watched her father take several innovative products to market, Alina became determined to follow in his footsteps by developing a candy that contributes to good oral health. The result was Zollipops, the “After You Eat Treat,” the company’s trademarked slogan. One sucker can be enjoyed after every meal or sugary snack, up to three pops per day. Based on xylitol, erythritol, stevia and other smile-friendly natural ingredients, Zollipops are formulated to restore a…

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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?…