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Archive for November, 2021

Is Paint on Fluoride Safe? Is this Treatment at a Pediatric Dentist Office Worth It?

Smile Reef

An easy, quick, cost-effective method for the prevention of cavities is a protective coating called fluoride varnish that’s applied in the dental office twice a year. In order to help against the battle of tooth decay, we often call it painting the teeth at the end of our patients’ visits and it can be applied to primary (baby) or permanent teeth. By inhibiting the loss of minerals from tooth enamel and killing the bacteria that cause cavities, there have been many studies that show that fluoride varnish can reduce the incidence of cavities by 37-43%. Treating an enamel sensitivity and restoring the strength of enamel that can be temporarily compromised after an intensive cleaning, fluoride treatments also help. Today, we at Smile Reef would like to continue to share the fluoride treatments.

Is Fluoride Treatment at Dentist Office Worth It?

At the end of their routine well care visits after their teeth are cleaned, it is recommended that our patients with a moderate risk of cavities receive an application of fluoride varnish. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association also recommends this treatment. For those at high risk of cavities, it is safe for all of our patients, even as young as one, and is recommended throughout adulthood. Fortunately, today’s in-office fluoride treatment is much easier to work with and takes less time than previous processes, although you may have memories of those bulky foam trays or not-so-yummy rinses from your childhood. We use a very small, soft brush and a simple swipe across all the teeth with the tooth-colored lacquer to apply the tooth-colored varnish at Smile Reef. For a better decay-preventing benefit with a slow release of fluoride, the texture left behind is a bit sticky, but the texture allows the varnish to adhere to the teeth. Since the flavors are quite pleasant and they will not be ingesting unsafe amounts, it is acceptable after treatments for patients to taste the fluoride. There are a handful of fluoride varnish flavors to help them more appealing the kids. Optimally, patients should avoid hot and crunchy foods for a minimum of 4-6 hours so that the varnish is not scraped or melted off.

Other Tips to Keeping Your Teeth Healthy

– Routine care by a Trained Dentist Specializing Young Children
– Ensuring Fluoride Use
– Brushing and Flossing Regularly
– Healthy Eating Habits

Pediatric Dentistry

By 6 months of age, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants receive oral health risk assessments. As early as 6 months of age and no later than 6 months after the first tooth erupts or 12 months of age, whichever comes first, infants at higher risk of early dental caries should be referred to a dentist to establish their dental home. By 12 months of age, every child should have a dental home established. When it comes to your child’s dental care in the Las Vegas Valley, schedule your appointment with Smile Reef. We take great care of your little one’s and take all steps necessary to help them feel at ease.

Why is Juice Bad for Kids Teeth? What Alternative Drinks Would Be Better for Children to Drink?

Smile Reef

We don’t think there is a child on this planet that doesn’t like to drink juice any chance they get. It is a sweet and a lovely treat on a warm day. However, delicious as it may be, it can also cause harm to your child’s teeth. Parents need to know what juice does to the oral health of their children so they can help avoid the problems. Smile Reef is here to talk about juice and what it can do your child’s mouth.

Can Juice Mess Up Your Teeth?

While you may see “100% Juice” written on the side of the bottle of juice and think that means it’s a health food, parents need to think again. There are several problems that come along with drinking too much juice. For instance, there is a high sugar content in juice that is not healthy for your child to be consuming. This can lead to more cavities. Lots of juices have a high acidity level as well. When you drink drinks that are high in acidity, it can start to eat away at the enamel on your teeth. This leaves your teeth exposed and more susceptible to tooth decay. Also, when your child is sipping on juice all day long, that sugar is staying on the teeth almost constantly. It is better for your child to drink some juice all in one sitting rather than stretching it out throughout the day.

What Alternative Drinks Would Be Better to Drink for Children?

You may be wondering what in the world you are going to give your child to drink now that you know how bad juice can be for their teeth. Following are some guidelines that can help your child have a healthier mouth and still enjoy delicious drinks.
– Limit your child to 6 ounces or less juice in a day. If your child is over 6 years old, make sure they aren’t drinking more than 12 ounces of juice in a day.
– You can add water to juice to make it last longer and have less sugar content.
– When you are making fruit smoothies at home, try adding honey rather than sugar for a healthier alternative.
– Encourage your child to drink more milk options. This doesn’t have to be cow’s milk either. You may try soy, almond or rice milk as well.
– The best and safest option for your child to drink throughout the day is water. Your child will have a healthier mouth and overall body when they are drinking plenty of water rather than any other drink throughout the day.

Pediatric Dentistry

Don’t forget that your child should be seeing a dentist at a young age to achieve optimal oral health. At Smile Reef, it is our goal to ensure your child has a healthy smile. We are gentle with children and work extremely hard to make them comfortable as we check their teeth. Come see us today!