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

By: Shari Maurer, 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…


3 Reasons It’s Important to Care for Your Teeth Starting Now

By: Naomi Webb, Losing teeth may not seem common, but it is. Studies show that by the age of 50, the average American has already lost 12 teeth. There are a lot of reasons that teeth are lost, and these can include: Tooth decay, Injury, Gum disease, and Smoking also leads to tooth loss. Caring for your teeth is a must, and it’s a habit that every parent should be sharing with their kids, too. When you take good care of your teeth, you’ll: Reduce your risk of serious health problems. Serious health problems are linked to bad oral hygiene and dental health. Studies have shown a link between gum disease and diabetes, oral cancer, heart disease, dementia and…

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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…


Oral health: These 6 foods can whiten your teeth naturally

By: Nupur Jha, Yellow teeth are a major turn off; it’s something everyone wants to avoid. Various reasons cause yellow teeth, which can range from unhygienic oral health maintenance to excess consumption of food or beverages that leave your teeth pigmented. Not taking proper care of the teeth can cause teeth caries leading to tartar, cavities, etc. Using too much of chemicals on the teeth might cause damage. Hence, adapting natural ways to combat the yellowness and resurrecting the whiteness is the best thing to do. Here are some foods which you can include in your diet to maintain the whiteness and shine along with a beautiful, healthy smile: Nuts Nuts comprise of proteins, which aid in teeth whitening….


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…


The Ramifications of Skipping the Floss When Brushing Teeth

By: Lee Ladyga, When it comes to good oral health, most adults across the country understand that brushing their teeth is a must along with regular dental checkups. Yet when it comes to flossing, people are closing their medical cabinets without performing this necessary dental health procedure in their home. The facts speak for themselves in the 2009 to 2012 data that has been gathered by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Survey. In this conducted research, it has been discovered that one-third of adults from the age of 30 and over are not flossing their teeth. Flossing the teeth involves the process of using a filament material to get in-between teeth to clean…


10 ways we damage our teeth unknowingly

By: Sreya Basu, How many of us really consider our teeth as body parts that need maintenance a little more than mere twice brushing every day? We hardly care about our teeth health till they ache so much that we have rush to dentists for root canal treatment, dental fillings or tooth extractions. As per the statistics provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), about 60–90% of school children and almost 100% of adults worldwide have dental cavities. About 30% of senior citizens in the age group of 65–74 years are left with no natural teeth. But not many are aware that unhealthy teeth and gums are responsible for a number of diseases including heart diseases, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis,…