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Archive for the ‘Pediatric Dentistry’ Category

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

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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.

Dental Anxiety Management; How to Distract Your Child & Calm Their Nerves at the Dentist

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One of the biggest hurdles that people have whether they are an adult or a child is the fear of going to the dentist. This fear is usually quite unfounded and comes from some other person’s experience that you heard about. It also can be a fear that is passed down from a family member to a child. You want to make sure that your child does not create a fear over going to the dentist. This is so that when they do go they can form their own opinion. If you go to a dentist that is for pediatric patients they have the practice and expertise to work with a young child and make them feel at ease. Part of the process starts at home and what you can do to reduce the fear that a child may have. Smile Reef outlines what you can do to help reduce the fear your child may have about the dentist.

Watch What You Say About Dentists

When you start to talk to a child about going to the dentist what you say has a large impact. You want to make sure that you use positive words when you talk about it and don’t lead with any information about how things can be uncomfortable. Never talk to them about getting shots or that there is a tool that may sound noisy. It is best for the dental professional to talk to them about any treatment that they need. There are many times that you child will not need any major work and using words that might scare them can lead to fear that is unwarranted.

Start Taking Child to Dentist Early

When you have a young child you might wonder when you should start taking them to the dentist. The child will develop teeth through their toddler ages then as they get older they will go through them and get their adult teeth. Some people choose to wait until their child has an issue with a tooth before they go to the dentist. That means that the child’s first interaction is when they are having some pain and need some treatments. It is better to start seeing the dentist early when they are not having any troubles. This will give them a starting point when things are in good shape. You want to continue to see the dentist on a regular basis so that it is a normal experience for the child.

Reward Child for Attending Dentist Appointment

When you have a child that has to go to the dentist you want to make sure that the child has a reward that they can earn when they go and do a good job at the dentist. The best rewards are ones that will not put their oral health at risk so stay away from sticky candy and treats. It is a good idea to have a fun date planned with the child seeing a movie, the zoo or a museum to spend some time.

Pediatric Dentistry

Smile Reef has expert dentists that are able to put your child at ease. Call us today to make an appointment.