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Can Oral Care for Babies Prevent Future Cavities?

Cavities are the most prevalent infectious disease in U.S. children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Statistics show that the most prevalent disease in U.S. children is tooth decay.  The reality is that before the child reaches kindergarten nearly 40% will have at least 1cavitiy.  The problem is even more predominant in areas of low socioeconomic demographics.

Research is being done that is changing the preconceived belief that the children ages 19 and 33 months are most susceptible to tooth decay; now more and more researchers believe that this window occurs at a much younger age.

The bacteria in infant’s mouths have been shown to be much more diverse and the soft tissue of the mouth works as a reservoir of pathogens prior to the teeth erupting.  It is important to refrain your infants from formula containing sugar and you should wipe off the infants gums with a wet cloth to remove harmful bacteria formation that occurs on the gum line.

Keep Your Two Front Teeth for Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching, with all of the gift giving and treat eating that this holiday encourages. After Halloween, Christmas is probably the most candy and snack intensive time of year (for kids and adults), which means that being extra cautious is highly encouraged.

Now, we understand that talking about dental hygiene during the holiday season isn’t the most exciting thing ever, but it is important to emphasize. This time of year sees a lot of dental issues come up in the days and weeks after Christmas due to the amount of sugary snacks that are taken in.

Here are some suggestions to enjoy holiday snacking while preventing dental issues.

  • Consider serving treats after mealtime. The amount of saliva will be greater in people’s mouths following a meal, which in turn will be able to prevent some corrosive adhesion to the teeth.
  • Dairy acts as a buffer against harmful elements in treats, so it is a good idea to serve treats with milk.
  • If you or your kids like hard candy, you are going to want to floss after eating it. If it is able to stick in between your teeth, it can do harm there.
  • Try using sealed containers with distinct amounts of candy inside in order to encourage better portion control overall.
  • Drink more water! Along with keeping you hydrating, drinking more water will prevent buildup of corrosive elements on the teeth.

Have a great holiday season! Remember to brush!

Navigate the sweets-trap this Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, people across the country are preparing to enjoy delicious meals and even more scrumptious desserts. Contrary to popular belief, you can indulge in a few holiday treats without doing damage to your teeth – as long as you know a few helpful tips, of course. According to the American Dental Association, one of the key factors in tooth decay is the amount of time food stays in your mouth. For example, a sticky candy cane is far more likely to cause plaque and decay than a piece of holiday chocolate because the hard candy tends to stay around your teeth for much longer. As that candy sits in the crevices of your teeth and gums, its sugars and acids begin to attack your teeth until it is either washed or brushed away.

For this reason, the American Dental Association suggests that people eat any sugary foods with meals. Eating increases the production of saliva and helps rinse sugary particles away more quickly. If you must consume sugary candies or foods between meals, consider chewing sugarless gum afterward. Like eating, chewing gum also increases the flow of saliva. Along the same lines, drinking fluoridated water can also help eliminate sugary residue, so it’s a good idea to increase your water intake over the holidays, as well. Finally, it may be common sense, but many people forget to brush their teeth at least twice a day. This habit is especially important during the holiday season when sweet treats are abundant and busy schedules make people forgetful. For more information and advice specific to your individual life, talk to your dental plan dentist. It is possible to enjoy the holidays – and the desserts – that you are accustomed to without sacrificing your oral health.