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Fluoride 101

May 4, 2022.Individuals.#cavities

What is fluoride? Fluoride is a key mineral for strong, healthy teeth. Most water naturally contains fluoride but usually not enough to prevent tooth decay. Because teeth benefit from consistent exposure to fluoride, many communities add fluoride to water supplies. Approximately 75% of the U.S. population on public water systems benefits from regular access to fluoridated tap water. Why is fluoride important? Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, which helps protect your teeth from decay. It also combats acids in your mouth that can cause cavities. Fluoride can even rebuild the surface of your teeth in the early stages of tooth decay. Who needs fluoride treatment? The amount of fluoride an individual would need depends on their risk level for tooth decay. Many people are at a lower risk for cavities due to fluoridated water, toothpaste, and better oral hygiene. Children ages six and up who are at moderate or high risk […]

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Children and Tooth Development

February 3, 2022.Individuals.#baby teeth
Black baby girl smiling and showing her lower teeth

February is Children’s Dental Health Month, a great time to learn more about maintaining your baby’s dental health. It’s also a great time to learn about your child’s oral health during tooth development. Your Baby’s Teeth Timeline Before any teeth present themselves, clean your baby’s gums and mouth with a wet washcloth after eating and drinking. It also is important to take your child to the dentist no later than their first birthday. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child see a dentist after their first tooth appears, which is usually between six and 12 months old. Once teeth emerge, use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush to brush in soft, gentle circles twice a day with a small smear of fluoride toothpaste. Your child will continue to have baby teeth emerge up until their third birthday, and they will keep that set of teeth until around age 6. Baby […]

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Toothpaste and Mouthwash 101

August 10, 2020.Individuals.#adult

Choosing the right dental hygiene products plays a significant role in your oral health. That’s why it’s so important to consider what products to choose. Understanding the different types of toothpaste and mouthwash, including their ingredients, is key to determining what’s best for you. Key Toothpaste Ingredients Fortunately, there’s a range of options for you to choose from when it comes to toothpaste. One main decision is whether to select a paste, gel or powder toothpaste. All are effective in cleaning your teeth well and contain the same basic ingredients, such as flavoring agents, which gives toothpaste its minty fresh scent. They’re also composed of a cleaning and polishing agent that helps remove plaque, debris and surface stains on your teeth. When choosing which type of toothpaste is right for you, consult your dentist, especially if you have sensitive teeth or gum disease. Supplementary Toothpaste Ingredients Depending on your age, […]

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Frequently Asked Questions about Children’s Oral Health

August 3, 2018.Individuals.#battle bottle

Helping your child develop good oral health habits not only benefits their smile, but is also vital to their overall well-being.  Cavities are one of the most prevalent diseases among children.  If a cavity, or other oral health issue, remains untreated, it can cause discomfort and affect common tasks like eating, speaking and even learning in school.  Teaching your child how to properly care for their teeth as well as visiting the dentist regularly ensures that your child keeps their teeth healthy for a lifetime. We’ve put together a list of ten common questions asked about children’s oral health.   1. When should I start brushing my child’s teeth? You can start good oral health habits from birth. Gently wipe your baby’s gums with a wet washcloth or gauze after feedings. Once teeth emerge, you can use an infant tooth brush and a tiny amount (a smear the size of […]

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