What you don’t know about your child’s teeth could be hurting them

For National Children’s Dental Health Month, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Shares Important Information To Keep Little Teeth Healthy

PR Newswire, CHICAGO, February 1, 2017
Nearly one in three children ages two to five years old in the U.S. are affected by tooth decay.1 February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is sharing tips and tricks for parents on how to help their kids avoid tooth decay and cavities.

“Parents are bombarded with unsolicited advice and health findings that are constantly changing,” said Dr. Jade Miller, AAPD President. “We don’t want to add to that stress, but there are a few common misconceptions, that if cleared up, could help make a huge difference in your child’s oral health – which is linked to their overall health & wellness”

Tooth decay remains a top chronic infectious disease among children and can compromise the health, development and quality of life of children both in the short and long term.2 The good news is that it’s nearly 100 percent preventable. Following these four simple rules can significantly benefit children’s teeth by keeping tooth decay at bay:

  1. When it comes to sugary treats and beverages, it’s how often, not how much.
    Children (or adults for that matter) shouldn’t graze or savor candy and sugary drinks (including, sports drinks and juice). That prolonged exposure to sugar and acid can wreak havoc on teeth. Instead, stick to designated meal and snack times and have them drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  2. Don’t put babies to bed with a bottle.
    Milk and juice contain sugar. When babies are put to bed with a bottle of milk (or juice), the sugar from the milk coats their teeth the entire time they are sleeping causing tooth decay which is deemed “Baby Bottle Tooth Decay.” If a bottle works to soothe a baby before sleep, opt for filling it with water.
  3. Wean children off of their pacifier by age three.
    It is completely normal for children to sooth themselves with a pacifier, however, prolonged use of a pacifier can increase the risk of cavities, and can affect the way a child’s teeth bite together, sometimes causing an overbite. Talk to your pediatric dentist who can assist in encouraging children to stop a sucking habit and discuss each child’s particular situation.
  4. Avoid topical teething gels and rings.
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strongly warns against using teething gels that contain benzocaine or lidocaine because they can seriously harm your child. Parents and caregivers should stay away from teething rings too, which contain chemicals and low levels of BPA – despite labels citing otherwise – that can be harmful to your child.3

For more information about children’s oral health and to find a pediatric dentist in your area, visit mychildrensteeth.org.

About the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is the recognized authority on children’s oral health. As advocates for children’s oral health, the AAPD promotes evidence-based policies and clinical guidelines; educates and informs policymakers, parents and guardians, and other health care professionals; fosters research; and provides continuing professional education for pediatric dentists and general dentists who treat children. Founded in 1947, the AAPD is a not-for-profit professional membership association representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry. Its 10,000 members provide primary care and comprehensive dental specialty treatments for infants, children, adolescents and individuals with special health care needs.

1,2 http://www.aapd.org/aapd%E2%80%99s_state_of_little_teeth_report_an_examination_of_the_epidemic_of_tooth_decay_among_our_youngest_children/
3 http://pubs.acs.org/stoken/presspac/presspac/full/10.1021/acs.est.6b04128Courtesy B-roll Footage from AAPD

Stocking stuffers: Dentist approved

christmas-stockingIf you need ideas for stocking stuffers this holiday season, why not add some personal care items with treats to show your family or that special someone you care.

There are lots of fun dentist approved gifts that are great for all ages and budget friendly. We suggest items like: sugar free gum, sugar free mints, flavored floss of the cinnamon/mint variety. Youngsters enjoy character toothbrushes and are available at most drug and grocery stores. These little items are great to have on hand all year round and especially wonderful when you are sharing sugary treats.

If you want to really get into it, try a personalized water bottle or travel cup. This is a great addition for everyone! Sipping on water throughout the day helps keep your mouth bathed in thin watery saliva.  Consuming more water is an important part of staying healthy. And of course a personalized gift is great fun all year round for your friends.

If you need more ideas, stop in the office we have whitening products ready to grab and goopalescence go as well as one of our favorites, the Sonicare electric toothbrush,sonicare easy clean boxand the Shower Flosser! Visit our SmileEnvy Facebook page (here) or give us a call at 614.801.0079 and we can help M-F. Our dental office is located at 2053 Stringtown Road in Grove City, Ohio. Happy gift giving!

-Your friends at Smile Envy, the Columbus dentistry experts

 

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February is all about Children’s Dental Health

kidsEvery February, National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. This year’s NCDHM campaign slogan is “Defeat Monster Mouth”. For more information visit their interactive website at mouthhealthy.org.

At Smile Envy, located in Grove City, OH, we are making sure your child’s dental needs are being cared for properly. At your child’s dental visit, we take the time to review home care and answer any of your questions. As a general dental office, we are experienced in caring for mouths of all ages. Healthy  habits take practice and as your dental team, located just 10 minutes from downtown Columbus, OH, we are dedicated to helping you and your little one’s take charge and prepare for a smile that will be healthy and strong for life!

Contact us today 614.801.0079 to experience friendly service, excellent results, and a beautiful smile.

-Your friends at Smile Envy, the Columbus dentistry experts

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