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Archive for October, 2015

Top Worst Foods For Children’s Teeth, Tooth Enamel & Gums

Smile Reef

We all wish the best for our kids and a healthy smile is no exception. Pediatric dentistry is crucial for healthy teeth. Proper mouth hygiene is prudent. Eating the right food contributes to healthy teeth, and avoiding certain foods is even better.

When concerning the foods to avoid, there are three categories:
Sugars – Inflate acids to cause cavity.
Hard textures – Deteriorate enamel.
Liquids – Leading to dryness of mouth.

Smile Reef would like to give you some advice on avoiding certain tooth harming foods to help protect your children’s teeth.

Ice – Ice needs to be avoided on a regular basis. Children and adults alike often enjoy chomping down on ice cubes once the tasty beverage has been slurped down. You are probably wondering why ice is bad as ice is water! Sugarless, no calories or fat, not even carbohydrates are offending the purity of ice cubes. That is very true but it’s not what ice is made of; it’s the hardness. Excessive ice chewing works away at enamel. Enamel is the protective layer found on teeth, and cannot be replenished.

Dried Fruits – Dried fruit is actually cavity causing to teeth. Raisins, prunes, cranberries, you get the idea. Dried fruit has its health status, but often times, the dried fruit is caught in between teeth and sticks in the cracks, creating a sure way of developing cavities. If your kids really enjoy these snacks, make sure they follow up with a vigorous tooth brushing, and thorough flossing.

Bread – Bread flies under the radar relating to teeth health. You are probably furrowing your brows in confusion over the proclamation but the enzymes in saliva are geared for breaking down starchy food, almost immediately converting it into tooth damaging sugar.

Sour Candies – Candy in general has proven too hard on teeth and the main offender in the war on cavities, but sour candies have more acidic content and that means they do even more damage than regular candy.

Soda – Soda is hurting your children’s teeth in three different ways. First, their teeth are being soaked in sugar, contributing to bacteria growth. Second, most carbonated drinks are very acidic and eat away at the tooth’s enamel. Lastly, the darker soda colors are staining your kid’s teeth and making them less white.

Hyper-Pigmented Foods – Intense crimson colored foods like beets and berries, bright yellows like golden curry and burning mahogany found in soy sauce will stain teeth, decreasing a white and bright smile.

A good thing is to always keep water on hand for the little ones. Water naturally prevents cavities, and helps remove surface stains before they set in. Getting your kids in the habit of chasing down their meals with water and doing a few quick swishes and swirls will also help in dislodging food that has managed to get in the crevices. Smile Reef can answer any questions concerning your child’s dental care on their next routine cleaning, and give some potential advice on the good foods for your children’s teeth.


Tips on Getting Kids to Brush Their Teeth; Fun Toothbrushes, Games, Songs & Timers

Smile Reef

It is no secret, most little kids don’t like their teeth being brushed. Children commonly resist anyone coming into their mouths, even when it’s not to brush the pearly whites. It is often hard to achieve the proper oral hygiene in young children; some are more stubborn than others.

Smile Reef would like to aid you in your quest for helping your kids be excited to brush their teeth. Once habits are established, the regular care of your kids’ teeth will be easy!

Brushing Toddlers Teeth – In toddlers, their basic motor skills haven’t developed enough to brush their own teeth properly. For the little ones, always do a good brushing before hand, and then allow them to take over so they feel like they are the ones doing the brushing. Once they are able to tie their own shoes, they have achieved proper motor skill function to take the reins. They still may need assistance in proper flossing however.

Correct Oral Care Products – When setting your children on the right path to oral hygiene, be sure to invest in the right oral care products designed for children. There are a lot of different toothbrushes for kids that are age appropriate. Allowing them to choose the perfect toothbrush for them could get them excite to use it later.

Don’t Instill Fear in Them – Especially avoid painting the dentist as a bad guy if they don’t brush. This will make them fearful and anxious when a dentist visit does come into play.

Kids Brushing Teeth Game – By making it a game, your kids will be delighted to play ‘Brush your Teeth’. Games could include a timer or song that they brush along to. You know your kids individually and coming up with a creative, unique game to fit their personality will make this mundane chore fun.

Sweet rewardsBrush your Own Teeth – We all must brush our own teeth, and children are always wanting to emulate their parents. Brush your teeth alongside your kids and turn it into a bonding event at the same time.

Teaching Kids to Brush Teeth

Every child is unique in the way they think and learn, simply pay attention to what makes your kid respond and work it into brushing their teeth. It is prudent to get kids in good habits when in regard to oral hygiene. At Smile Reef, we can help your child keep their teeth healthy and suggest the appropriate oral care for your kids that will see them through to happy and healthy adults!

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