As the days begin to shorten and the vacations come to an end, it's time to get back in the swing of things for the School Year 2019-2020. After all the family BBQs, the fireside s'mores, sodas, and candies it is time for a quick oral hygiene check! Come see us today for a Back-to-School exam and cleaning!
Kombucha, a wellness drink of now, may not be so well for your teeth. Though Kombucha contains many health benefits such as probiotics and prebiotics, it is also quite acidic. Jeffery Sulitzer, DMD, chief clinical officer at SmileDirectClub, told POPSUGAR. "On the pH scale, white distilled vinegar tests around 2.4 pH. A properly brewed batch of Kombucha may fall anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5." Not only will this wear down the enamel of your teeth but can also cause discoloration of them as well. If you must drink Kombucha, it is suggested to drink it using a straw. This will help minimize the contact it has with your teeth and minimize the damage done to them.
Choosing a fluoride or fluoride-free toothpaste for your child is a common question that parents have. Fluoride strengthens the tooth enamel preventing cavity formation but if too much fluoride is ingested, it can cause fluorosis, the development of brown spots on teeth. Because of the dangers of accidental ingestion, we suggest that parents use a fluoride-free toothpaste for toddlers until they are able to spit out the toothpaste without swallowing any of it. For more information on choosing the right dental products for your children, please click on the link provided!
Everyone loves chewing gum but did you know that the sugar in it can cause cavities? But not all chewing gums cause cavities! The American Dental Association has approved certain sugar-free chewing gums! Below is a list of ADA approved chewing gums that are safe for your teeth:
5 Sugar-Free Gum
Bazooka Sugar-Free Bubble Gum
Eclipse Sugar-Free Gum
Extra Sugar-Free Gum
Ice Breakers Ice Cubes Sugar Free Chewing Gum
Orbit Sugar-Free Gum
Trident Sugar-Free Gum
When to schedule your child's first appointment is a legitimate question. Many parents wait until their child begins to experience oral tenderness or decay. However, our suggestion would be to make an appointment after the child's first tooth erupts. This will introduce the child to the dentist and help to create a comfortable environment and a pleasant experience with the dentist.
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