Startling Statistics About Kids’ Teeth

DID YOU KNOW that dental disease (cavities and gum disease) is the most common childhood disease – FIVE times more common than asthma? If that’s not surprising enough, here are some more startling statistics: 47.4% of 3rd graders in Virginia have or had a (untreated or treated) cavity experience. Students miss as many as 51 million hours of school each year because of dental problems. Adults miss 164 million hours…

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5 Tips For Healthier Teeth

We believe that children’s dental health issues are preventable. Parents and kids can save a lot of time, money, and discomfort by being proactive and following these 5 tips to help your child’s teeth stay healthy and cavity-free! 1. Help your child brush 2 times per day Let your child try to brush their own teeth, but the parent should then perform a more thorough brushing to help get the…

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Which Drinks Are WORST For Teeth?

If you got our last Tooth Times email newsletter or checked our Facebook page, you’ve probably seen our contest to guess which drinks are worse for your teeth. In case you missed it, here’s the question: Rank these in order of best to worst for your teeth: Gatorade, Skim Milk, Mountain Dew, Coca Cola, Orange Juice We got over 30 guesses, and 2 correct responses which are (from best to…

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Going To The Dentist While Pregnant

Congratulations, you’re expecting! What a great reason to smile! But what can you expect with your oral health during these nine months? There are many changes that can occur with your teeth and surrounding gums during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Your Dental Habits Affect Your Child As your baby grows, so does the importance of good oral hygiene. Women are more likely to develop gingivitis (infection of the gums)…

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How to Prepare Your Child for Fillings

On Sunday, December 5, 2010, Alison Johnson from the Associated Press published an article on how to prepare children for their first filling at the dentist. It included some very good tips from dentists: 1. Answer any Questions your Child may have – give your child honest details like where she’ll sit, the noises she’ll hear (“the toothbrush sounds like a loud whistle”), and how her mouth will feel strange…

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Sip All Day, Get Decay

When grocery shopping for juice drinks for your children, you will often see advertisements that say “100% juice,” “low in sugar,” “no sugar added,” or “added vegetables.” All these SOUND good, but if you look closely at the nutrition label, they all have sugars which ultimately can cause cavities in your child’s baby and adult teeth. How much juice is okay for a child to drink per day?

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Early Childhood Cavities

Early childhood tooth decay (also known as early childhood caries) is a severe form of cavities which can develop in young children. Early childhood caries has been a serious public health problem for many years, and is prevalent in low socioeconomic groups and the general population. As pediatric dentists, it is our responsibility to implement preventive practices that can decrease a child’s risk of developing this dental disease. Good oral…

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