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With sugar season beginning, here‘s the cavity rating for popular candies

By Sarah Lindenfeld Hall, https://dailystockdish.com Your kids may be consuming a boatload of candy at the moment, thanks (or no thanks) to their Halloween take. But not all candy is created equal. The offers up this candy survival guide, which you might want to follow if you plan on popping a piece or two in their lunch box. It might just keep your kids cavity-free during this season of sugar — which seems to run from Halloween to Easter. Chocolate Chocolate is one of the most popular Halloween candies. Did you know it’s probably one of the safest, too? Chocolate dissolves quickly, and washes off your teeth easier than other candies. Dark chocolate is your best bet, as it contains…

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What is the Correct Way to Floss Teeth?

By: https://www.mysuburbanlife.com Good oral hygiene is an important component of a person’s overall health. In addition to brushing teeth twice a day, using mouthwash regularly, and getting regular checkups with your dentist, flossing will help keep teeth clean and healthy. Flossing removes plaque and food particles from areas where a toothbrush can’t easily reach, including under the gum line and between teeth. Because a buildup of plaque can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss, daily flossing is strongly recommended. Dental floss is made from either nylon (multifilament) or PTFE (monofilament). Nylon floss may be waxed or unwaxed, and is available in a variety of flavors. It can shred when used between closely connected teeth since it’s…

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6 Terrible for your teeth foods a dentist wants you to stop eating

By: ERIN BUNCH, https://www.wellandgood.com If eyes are the windows to your soul, teeth are a surprisingly accurate window to your overall health. And the health of your pearly whites is mostly correlated to their maintenance. It takes quite a bit of diligence to keep them looking and feeling sharp (so to speak). Brushing, flossing, tongue scraping, and regular professional cleanings aren’t enough to keep your teeth in excellent condition. What you do to maintain a healthy smile is just as important as what you don’t, according to dentists. Avoiding certain foods and drinks that can damage your teeth is crucial. (See also: smoking/vaping, but I don’t need to tell you that, right? Right?!) Consumption of the wrong things can cause…

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Why your teeth need extra care during pregnancy

By: FIONA WRIGHT, https://www.nowtolove.com.au Your teeth and gums need special attention during pregnancy, so it is recommended that you book in to see your oral health professional between the fourth and sixth months of your pregnancy. Hormones produced by your body plus an increased metabolism and blood supply during pregnancy can increase the risk of dental decay and issues with gum disease so it’s important to maintain an effective oral hygiene routine. Look after your teeth and gums Maintain healthy oral hygiene habits by brushing morning and night with a fluoridated toothpaste, cleaning between teeth daily, eating a diet low in sugars and acidic foods and drinks, and visiting your oral health practitioner regularly. Suffering from pregnancy sickness? Dietary cravings,…

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Teething 101: 4 Pediatrician-Approved Ways to Sooth a Teething Baby

By: https://health.clevelandclinic.org You finally got your baby’s sleep routine on lock. So when you tiptoe out of your sleeping infant’s nursery, you foolishly think you’re home free. Think again! Your baby’s cutting a tooth, and there’s seemingly nothing you can do about it. “You’re spared the first one to three months, but after that, the teeth just keep on coming,” says pediatrician Ei Ye Mon, MD. If you find yourself in the teething zone — which occurs anywhere between 4 months old and around 2 years old — you don’t have to be stuck there. Dr. Ye Mon gives her best teething remedies so you and your baby can live your best life, one tooth at a time. Signs your…

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Dentists declare fruit juice just as bad for teeth as soft drink

By: Laura Barry, https://www.bhg.com.au Everyone knows that soft drinks and cordial should be consumed in moderation. However, it appears that fruit juice isn’t quite the healthy alternative to these flavored drinks we thought it to be. In fact, dentists from the School of Dentistry at University of Queensland have declared fruit juice to be just as bad for your teeth as Coke or Fanta. Sugar is found in high concentrations in most flavored and fizzy drinks, and excessive consumption of sugar can cause health and tooth decay problems for all people, regardless of age. However, it isn’t just the sugar causing all the dental problems. As it turns out, sugary drinks and fruit juices both contain acids, and these acids…

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Back-to-school children’s health checklist

By: https://www.thepress.net August marks back-to-school season, an ideal time for parents to help improve their children’s health. Before schedules become packed with classes, homework and extracurricular activities, here’s a back-to-school ‘health checklist’ to help give children a better chance to succeed inside and outside the classroom: Get a comprehensive eye exam About 80% of what children learn is through their eyes. With that in mind, a child’s first comprehensive eye exam should occur before age 1, again at age 3, and before entering school. If no vision issues are detected, school-age children should have an exam at least once every two years. A school’s vision screening is not a substitute for a comprehensive eye exam, as screenings can miss conditions…

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Why taking a selfie while brushing your teeth could be good for you

By: Lance Vernon, https://considerable.com Teeth have been big news lately. First, there was the issue of whether flossing really helps lower the risk for tooth decay and gingivitis. And now, questions about how often we really need to get dental X-rays have made the news. The bottom line is that, clinically, these are complex issues that can’t easily be reduced to a simple soundbite. Maybe it’s time to take a step back and talk about something we can all agree on – tooth brushing. A very small study, conducted in India, examined whether taking a smart phone video selfie might help people learn to brush their teeth in a more effective manner. Well, can it help? Short answer: Maybe. Longer…