Vaping is bad for your teeth and so much more!!

E-cigarettes have been available in the United States for the last decade but a spike in vaping among teens and young adults has happened in more recent years. This is due to targeted marketing and a belief that e-cigarettes are a “safe alternative” to tobacco cigarettes.    Unfortunately, we know the use of e-cigarettes, also called vaping, has serious side-effects that affect your teeth and oral health. What we know…

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To Fluoride or Not to Fluoride: That is the Question

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there’s a good chance that your kids may be using too much toothpaste. In early February of this year, the CDC released a report which summarized a study of toothpaste and toothbrushing patterns among children and adolescents in the United States from 2013-2016.  The results showed that many children are using more than the recommended pea-sized amount when brushing, which can…

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Sneaky Cavities: How to Keep Them from Happening to your Teenager

“But she has never had cavities before!? And she brushes her teeth every night? I just don’t understand!!” – A bewildered mother in response to news that her teenage daughter has multiple cavities. Most teenagers relish the newfound freedoms they find themselves facing: the ability to drive, the use of a cell phone (usually a newer model then that of their parents), the opportunity to take care of their own…

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Tips for Preventing Dental Cavities

Establishing regular dental visits for your child, every 6 months starting at or before age 1 is very important to maintain good dental health and prevent cavities. It is important for the whole family to create a habit of good dental hygiene and regular dental visits. Families who receive regular routine dental care and lead by example, help prevent cavities. Mouth fact: Cavity bugs are contagious from tooth to tooth…

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Do children need dental sealants?

Dental sealants are a quick, easy, and relatively cheap solution for preventing cavities.  Although the idea behind sealants is not new, they’re quickly becoming the go-to treatment for kids that are at high risk for dental decay. “WHAT ARE DENTAL SEALANTS?” Sealants are a plastic material that is placed in the groovy pits and fissures of the chewing surfaces of your teeth, particularly the permanent molars at the back because…

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What is the best kind of toothpaste for my child to use?

Next time you’re in the grocery store or Target, wander down the toothpaste aisle and take a look at all the options there are for toothpastes for children. Combine that with all the press you’ve heard about fluoride, good and bad, and it’s no wonder it’s difficult to identify which toothpaste is best for your children. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the organization that your children’s pediatric dentist…

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Breastfeeding’s Impact on Dental Health

The experience of breastfeeding is very special for many new moms as they consider that time a valuable bonding experience between the mother and newborn child.  Moms who are able to breastfeed also benefit for other reasons: they gain overall health benefits, oral health benefits, and cost-savings benefits.  This blog will help explain the many benefits, for both mom and child, of breastfeeding. It is important to remember that the…

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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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Poor Oral Health Linked To Lower Grades

Summer is over and the kids are back in school. Hopefully they are happy to reunite with old friends, meet new teachers, and ready to work hard for yet another school year! With the school year come a lot of “extra” duties for parents – being the taxi driver to sports practice, helping with homework assignments, preparing lunch bags, the list goes on and on! As parents, we do everything…

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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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