The month of May is National Family Wellness Month. The purpose of this observance is to promote healthy lifestyles which start with forming healthy habits. In the spirit of this month, we encourage you to make regular dental checkups a part of your health checkup routine. Oral health is an important part of overall bodily health but we know that dental care can be expensive especially for those with a large family or without dental insurance. It is for this reason that our office offers the Smiles Advantage membership plan! Learn more about our Smiles Advantage program by clicking on the link provided.
With Mother’s day coming up, we would like to emphasize that it is extremely important for pregnant women to have their teeth cleaned during their pregnancy. When the mother is pregnant, the mother’s immune system is almost entirely focused on providing nutrients to the child. The focusing of the immune system on the baby can and may cause an overload of bacteria within the mother’s mouth. This same bacteria is what causes gingivitis or disease of the gum tissues as well as cavities. It is also important to note that mothers should wait to schedule cleanings until after their first trimester in order to insure that their baby is completely safe during the cleaning.
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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