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Archive for July, 2016

Dental Care Tips for Children; How to Strengthen Your Child’s Tooth Enamel & Help Avoid Tooth Decay

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If you want the best chance to protect your teeth from damage and decay, you want to do all that you can to protect the enamel on your teeth. The enamel is the part of the tooth that is white and happens to be the hardest surface on the entire human body, even harder than bone. The problem is that you really only get the enamel that you have and after it is damaged or reduced there is nothing you can do about it. Making sure that you are giving your children the basics to protecting their own enamel will be beneficial for decades to come. The enamel is the first barrier between your teeth getting damaged by bacteria so taking care of it is extremely important.

Smile Reef Lists Ways to Help Keep the Enamel on Your Child’s Teeth Strong & Protected

Stay Away From Sugar: This is good for all sorts of health reasons including oral care. Sugar is bad for your teeth and the inside of your mouth because it is the substance that helps to feed bacteria that leads to cavities and gum disease. When your teeth become damaged by a cavity the enamel is also damaged as well. When you are looking into a snack for the kids, give them options that are less sugary. That also includes avoiding drinks that are high in sugar such as soda and sports drinks and instead choosing water or milk.
Rinse Your Mouth After Eating: When you eat food you are getting it all over the interior or your mouth. You are also chewing the food which will cause the food to stick to teeth and in between your teeth as well. It is a great habit to form after eating to get a cup of water and rinse out your mouth after you eat a meal. This will eliminate lots of the foreign objects from your food that lead to bacteria growth. Have the children swish the water around their mouth while they are washing their hands and face after each meal.
Use Toothpaste with Fluoride: When you go to the store to pick out a toothpaste for your children don’t immediately go for the cutest packaging but really look at the ingredients. You want to look at the package and see if it has added fluoride in the paste. Fluoride aids in remineralization of the tooth enamel and will help to keep the enamel strong and intact.
Limit Citrus & Add Calcium Rich Foods: Foods that are high in acid are going to break down the enamel on your child’s teeth. Make sure you limit the amount of citric and acidic foods they have and increase foods that are high in calcium.
Visit the Dentist Regularly: As your child is growing and getting more and more permanent teeth you want to be sure that you have them examined and treated by a pediatric dentist. We will be able to find and treat any bacteria or disease that may be starting as well as aid in the strength of the enamel.

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Choosing the Best Toothpaste for Your Kids; Flavored, Anti Plaque, Fluoride & Abrasive Ingredients

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If you walk down the toothpaste and oral care aisle at the store you will notice that the amount of choices you have are extensive. There are some teeth care products that are made into a paste, some are gels and others are powders. There are all kinds of flavors to choose from and some have additives included. Finding the right toothpaste that works best for your child can seem overwhelming but there is no need to fear as you really can’t go wrong. The more important aspect of toothpaste is whether your child is using proper techniques to actually brush than the toothpaste product itself.

Smile Reef presents a guide to help you understand different toothpaste options

Abrasive Toothpaste Ingredients: If you have a toothpaste that has an abrasive additive, it is a great way to help scratch away the extra stuck on food particles. The most common abrasive that is added to toothpaste is called calcium carbonate. It is a minor abrasive but enough to counteract the food that is stuck on the surface of the teeth.
Flavored Toothpastes for Kids: Almost all toothpastes that you can choose from have some sweetener and flavor that are added to them. This is mainly to appeal to people and to get them to want to use the product more often. Most adult toothpastes are a minty flavor but children’s toothpastes range from cinnamon, lemon and even bubblegum. If the child likes the flavor the chances that they will use it increase substantially.
How Does Fluoride Protect Teeth: Fluoride is a mineral that is found naturally and is common in water sources. This is a great additive and the most important part of choosing a toothpaste. Fluoride can help to decrease the chances that your child’s teeth will develop decay. Simply hoping that your child is getting enough fluoride in their drinking water is just not enough. Using a toothpaste that has fluoride is an insurance that your child’s teeth will be protected.
Tartar Can Cause Tooth Decay and Gum Disease: Tartar is buildup of plaque that has hardened on the teeth. The best way to be sure that the teeth are not being damaged by tartar is to have your regular exam and cleaning as well as brushing and flossing correctly. You can also choose a toothpaste that has an anti-plaque agent in it to help in between your regular visits.

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