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Halloween is almost here! Your child probably has his costume ready to go for a fun night of trick-or-treating. Your child’s dentist also has a few tips that will help your child maintain good dental health without sacrificing the fun of going trick-or-treating on Halloween:
Inspect Candy When You Get Home
Children might want to eat their Halloween sweets as soon as they get them, but it is important to instruct your child to avoid eating any candy until he gets home. Once at home, you two can sort through the candy together to make sure it is all safe to consume. You can also start sorting candy into different categories to help your child avoid going overboard on indulgence.
Help Your Child Learn How Candy Affects Dental Health
Candy contains a variety of ingredients that mean bad news for dental health. Sugar, food dye, and other sweet elements can stain and weaken teeth, making it easier for cavities to form. Help your child understand why the ingredients in candy can lead to these results so he can learn the importance of moderation.
Designate Candy Snacking Times
If your child is chewing on candy all day, it can be very difficult to keep his teeth and gums healthy. That is why it is a good idea to designate candy snacking times where your child will be free to enjoy the sweets he collected on Halloween. Encourage your child to drink plenty of water while eating his candy as this will help wash away some of the leftover debris.
Practice Good Dental Habits
Your child should practice good dental habits all year long—and Halloween is no exception to this rule! Proper brushing and flossing are both essential for removing plaque-causing residue before it can lead to tooth decay or other serious problems.
Your child can get more dental health tips from the friendly staff at KidsDental. Our Plano dental clinic offers pediatric dental services to help children of all ages keep healthy teeth and gums. Learn more by calling us at (469) 685-1532.
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Does your child floss? If not, she is missing out on numerous benefits for her dental and overall health! A quick trip to the kids’ dentist can help your child understand why flossing is so important. These tips can provide a starting point:
Flossing Cleans Between Teeth and Gums
Brushing your teeth is important for removing food and drink residue from the surfaces of the teeth. But this act cannot reach every tooth surface on its own. Flossing is important for removing food and drink residue that makes its way between teeth and gums. Even the best brushing technique cannot access these hard-to-reach places in the mouth, but flossing picks up the slack to create the perfect dental health routine.
Flossing Helps You Win the Fight Against Gum Disease
We are all in a constant battle with gum disease. When you eat or drink anything, particles stay behind on the various surfaces in your mouth. Even if you do not feel food between your teeth, you are still producing plaque that can find its way in these crevices. Flossing removes plaque that builds up in-between teeth, helping you keep gum disease away and keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Flossing Can Help Protect Heart Health
Dental health plays an important role in your overall health. Research shows that people with gum disease are nearly two times as likely to also have heart disease than people with good dental health. More research needs to be done to determine the exact link, but making flossing a part of your normal dental routine can help you feel great!
Flossing Gives You Better Breath
Food residue that gets stuck in-between your teeth can give you a bad case of bad breath. Brushing your teeth will not always remove this residue, leaving many with a bad taste in their mouths even after a few minutes of brushing. Brushing and flossing together are essential for good dental health and hygiene.
These tips can help your whole family learn to love flossing! KidsDental offers many other pediatric dentistry services to ensure dental health. Contact us at (469) 685-1532 for more information.
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If you can teach your children how to properly care for their teeth and gums from a young age, they are more likely to do it throughout their lives. A healthy diet is one of the most important tools against tooth decay and cavities. Keep reading to learn more about the connection between nutrition and good oral health:
Food and beverages that are full of healthy nutrients like calcium and phosphorus can actually encourage stronger teeth. Fruits and vegetables have a lot of water, which keeps the mouth cleaner longer. Eating healthier foods like these enhances your oral hygiene efforts and allows you to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Foods with a lot of sugar and acid can negatively affect your oral health and might lead to cavities and decay.
Learn more about keeping your kid’s teeth healthy at KidsDental. Our pediatric dentists are some of the best in the Plano and Carrollton areas to help you ensure that your child’s mouth is healthy and clean. To learn more about our kid’s dental services, visit us online or call (469) 685-1532.
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Are you having trouble getting your kids to brush their teeth for a full two minutes? If so, the Brush DJ app available on iTunes can help. Brush DJ plays music for exactly two minutes so your kids know when they should start brushing and when they can stop.
This app also helps you remember when to change the toothbrush and when you need to visit the pediatric dentist. With the help of Brush DJ, it is easier than ever to encourage your children to properly care for their teeth and gums.
Bring your child to KidsDental for a checkup and cleaning that encourages them to practice good oral hygiene throughout their lives. To learn more about our pediatric dentistry services, visit us online or call (469) 685-1532.
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Regular visits to the children’s dentist are an essential element of maintaining healthy teeth and gums from an early age. Your child’s diet could also affect the health of his or her mouth. Use this guide to figure out which beverages will benefit your child’s oral health and which ones might cause unnecessary issues:
Opt for Water as Much as Possible
Staying hydrated helps the entire body function properly. Water also cleans out the mouth to prevent a lot of food, sugar, and bacteria from developing on the teeth throughout the day. Try to teach your children to make water their go-to beverage as soon as possible so they can work on keeping their mouths clean and their teeth and gums healthy.
Use Straws for Sugary Drinks
Although sugary drinks can lead to cavities and tooth decay, if you do not want to completely deprive your child of soda or juice, you should serve these sugary beverages through a straw. This keeps the sugar away from the teeth and reduces the risk for tooth decay and cavities. If you do allow your child to drink soda, you should limit his or her consumption to no more than 12 ounces in a day.
As soon as your child gets any teeth, you should try to make the transition away from bottles and toward cups. When your child sucks on the nipple of a bottle, it could negatively affect the alignment of the teeth and the way the mouth grows. Drinking sugary drinks out of bottles is very bad for your child’s teeth and gums, which is why you should make an effort to serve water out of cups as soon as possible.
KidsDental is here to help you encourage healthy oral habits in your kids. Our dental team excels in pediatric dentistry so you have access to services that keep your children’s mouths healthy and clean. To learn more about our services or to schedule your first appointment, visit us online or call (469) 685-1532.