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Archive for August, 2019

How Long Do Sealants Last & What is the Difference Between a Tooth Sealant & a Dental Filling

Smile Reef

When you have a child you want to do all that you can to keep them happy and healthy. That is why we spend much of our time taking care of them and keeping track of their milestones. Although milestones are fun to look at and see how your child measures up to the norm it is also a way to gauge if there is a problem. A part of your child’s overall health is their oral health and hygiene. Whether you realize it or not you start when they are born with the type of bottle that you choose and if you allow the child to have a pacifier. You also will give them a teething ring as they start to develop teeth. Then as they start to grow you teach them proper techniques on how to brush and floss so they start to develop good habits. Another aspect of your child’s oral health is what you do with their teeth and when. There are two things that sometimes get mixed up and that are sealants and fillings. These are two different things that are used in different circumstances. Smile Reef explores dental fillings and sealants below.

What is a Tooth Sealant?

When you have a child they are learning how to care for their teeth. The recommendation is that a parent or an adult help the child to brush their teeth until they are capable. This can be for many years and you want to make sure that they have a good grasp. Even if they are good and are taking care of their teeth they can still end up with some dental needs. One of the things that your pediatric dentist will offer to you when the child is young is to have sealants applied to their teeth. This is a way to seal the molars in the back of the mouth so that when food and other debris gets on the teeth they are protected from decay. The sealants are considered a preventative measure and is a great way to reduce the dental work that your child may need and a way to reduce the child’s potential anxiety about the dentist.

What is a Permanent Dental Filling?

When you skip having sealants put on our child’s teeth the debris and the bacteria that is in your child’s mouth can settle in between their teeth. This will then lead to a cavity that will form and that will lead to pain many times. You will need to have your child looked at by a dentist where they will use materials and tools to remove the cavity or the damaged area of the tooth and fill. The filling will stay in place and protect the tooth from further decay. The filling is done when there is already damage to the tooth.

Pediatric Dentistry

If you want to help protect your child’s teeth from decay you want to make sure that you have them sealed. You can talk to your pediatric dentist about when it is best to have your child’s teeth sealed. This can differ from child to child and it is up to a dentist to tell you when their molars are ready for the sealing to be applied. Smile Reef can make an appointment to check your child’s teeth for any decay as well as the possibility that they can have sealants placed. Call us today.

School Lunch Food & Snacks that are Bad for Teeth & Gums; Soda, Sticky Candy & White Bread

Smile Reef

Now that the summer is coming to an end and the school year is getting started most parents are out making sure that the kids are ready. There are lots of errands to run to get new clothes and supplies. The other aspect of preparing for a new school year is the food preparation. Many kids like certain types of foods in their lunch and for their breakfast. Most houses have foods prepared so that the kids can get their lunch packed and be fulfilled and able to last the day. The food that you pack in your kids lunches could be helping energize them or could be causing trouble for them. Not only for their overall health but their oral health as well. You want to make sure that you are prepared to make better choices when it comes to their lunch and snack options this school year. Smile Reef lists food to avoid packing in school lunches and serving as snacks.

Drink Water. Soda & Sugary Drinks Cause Tooth Decay!

One of the items you want to make sure you find a healthy substitute for is the drinks that are being put in your kids lunches. It is so simple to go out and buy a sugary pouch or grab a soda to place in the lunch box. These sugary drinks that you are putting in their lunch taste great but they are chock full of chemicals and sugar. After lunch your kids are not going to brush their teeth so this is stuck on all day. That is why the best thing you can do is switch these out with a bottle of water. The water can have flavoring added to it to make it more appealing. You might want to offer lemon or even low calorie fruit drink additions. Once your child gets used to it they will not miss the sugary drinks at all.

Choose Fruit Over Sticky Candy that Damages Teeth

It is very easy to buy pouches of snacks that you can quickly throw in the lunch box. These are usually sticky candies that can be attached to the teeth and cause some sugary deposits that will lead to decay. The sticky candy is a bad treat to have even though they are easy. The better option that you can choose is to use fruits or you can use dried fruit if you have a kids that prefer. If you bag lunches up in advance, fruit can be just as easy to have ready to go.

White Bread Can Cause Tooth Decay. Offer Wheat or Rye Instead

It seems that an all time staple in kids lunch is to throw in the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Although this is a great option one of the components that you are likely using can be bad. If you are using a standard white bread you could be damaging your kids teeth. Soft white bread sticks to the roof of your mouth as well as your teeth. This is creating a place for bacteria to gather and infect the gums and teeth. You want to make sure that you choose a different type of bread such as wheat and rye.

Pediatric Dentistry

Smile Reef can help to keep your child’s teeth protected through the school year. Call us today to schedule your child’s next dental appointment.