Parents and caregivers are like walking “10-Best Almanacs.” We know a little about a lot of things—or sometimes the other way around. With all that’s crammed into the daily lives of parents, it’s hard enough to remember the names of our children and pets (and not to get the two confused). How can busy, inundated parents be expected to remember all the essentials in optimum dental care for kids? In the spirit of helping the overwhelmed parent, our Hospital Dental Group (HDG) almanacs (AKA team members) are here to help with ten top dental care tips for kids.
Children constantly seek attention, direction and approval from their parents and caregivers. When it comes to dental tips for kids, you can help provide all three. To keep children interested and engaged in best oral hygiene practices, one of the best things you can do is become actively involved. There are several things you can do as a parent to help promote healthy dental habits for children (with minimal effort) that will lead them to achieving healthy, long-lasting smiles.
A good dentist will inform patients how they can maximize their dental health by screening for serious medical conditions—such as types of oral cancers—and providing safe, thorough checkups and cleanings. A great dentist will do all of these things, plus build a relationship with you (beyond your teeth!).
It’s a question dentists get more than you might think: Is coffee really bad for your teeth? The answer isn’t necessarily a “yes” or “no.” Like many things, it has a lot to do with quantity, quality and the ever-elusive pursuit for “moderation.” Don’t give up on your favorite cup of joe just yet. Instead, inform yourself on what steps you should take to enjoy coffee, while also maintaining the health integrity and appearance of your teeth.
Discussions of sugar and dental health usually come with cautionary tales and warranted warnings. After all, it has been proven that sugar is what leads to the bacteria that cause tooth decay. We also happen to know that untreated tooth decay affects more than 2.4-billion people worldwide, and an added 743-million individuals have been reported as having periodontal disease.
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After you brush and floss your teeth, you probably look in the mirror and see a healthy smile. Your teeth may look clean and healthy, but what’s below the surface? When you look in the mirror your teeth may be smiling back at you, but what lies beneath your teeth may tell your dentist a much different story about your overall health.
Spice up your dental care routine with some music!
Your smile is more than just a first impression. Our teeth play an important role in our digestion, our speech, and our overall health. When our smile has been neglected it can have adverse reactions in other areas of our body. Teaching the value of proper oral health to young children helps them develop healthy dental care habits early on. Parents play an essential role in their kid’s dental health journey, and as a family dentist, we are honored to be a part of that journey. Not only can we able to teach young children about the importance of keeping their smile healthy, but we get to partner with parents in their oral health journey as well.
Halloween is back with its spooks and frights! With Halloween’s return comes Mounds of candies.
Sugary, chocolatey, sweet, sticky candy. While you’re stocking your house to the brim with candy to give away to the neighborhood kids, your kids are dreaming of ways to stuff as much candy in their mouths as possible.