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New Years Resolution – for your teeth!

It’s 2017, and with this brings New Year’s resolutions. Gym memberships are expensive, diet changes can be hard, but proper oral health care… now that is easy! In this week’s blog, we will give you a reminder on how to keep those teeth clean and your mouth healthy throughout 2017.
Overview – 2 minutes, twice per day, 45 degree angle to the tooth and gum, with a light touch. Focus on getting to the hard to reach areas, the back teeth and lower front teeth. For a full explanation see last year’s blog on how to brush your teeth.
Overview – floss once per day, or at least once every three days if you can’t keep up with the daily schedule, which is ideal. Waxed, unwaxed, picks or packaged, it doesn’t matter to us, as long as you do it!
Dental Visits
Have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice per year (every 6 months). If your teeth are like a fine car and need a tune up maybe more often than others, we may recommend more than twice per year. Typically teeth x-rays will be taken once per year as well, to look for cavities and possible signs of gum disease.
This is a big one – look for a future blog on this. The major key is to keep refined sugars away.  If you do eat them, try to brush your teeth as soon as possible after eating them. Also, remember teas, coffee and red wine are the biggest causes of stained teeth, so again, brush those teeth after consumption to avoid heavy staining. Try to avoid excess direct exposure to acidic products like limes, lemons, and oranges. [...]

Tips to Keep Your Teeth Healthy This October


Dental Tips

Every October, stores fill their aisles with endless varieties of candy, and kids across the country get ready for some sweet, sticky, chewy treats. For those of us concerned about dental health, this can be a scary thought.

Fortunately, there are some delicious treats that are safer than others. While we love Halloween, this October we are also celebrating National Orthodontic Health Month. In honor of protecting all those beautiful smiles, we’ve put together four easy tips to keep in mind this October.

1. Avoid sticky, chewy, or hard candies that can easily damage orthodontic work. Some of the worst offenders are taffy, caramels, bubblegum, and jellybeans.

2. Ahhh! There are some candies that are not off-limits! Any soft, melt-in-your-mouth candies like chocolates and peanut butter cups are great alternatives.

3. Beware! All candy is still full of sugar and thus cavity monsters. Be sure to brush and floss after each time consuming candy.

4. Halloween and National Orthodontic Health Month are only recognized once a year, but why not practice these tips every month? By staying vigilant, you can keep those monsters hidden all year long

A Toothache or Sensitive Teeth: Could it be Spring Allergies?

You’ve waited for it all winter long, and spring is finally here! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and your teeth are hurting?

What? What was that last one?

Aching Teeth

If you have aching or sensitive teeth that seem to come and go out of nowhere, spring allergies could be to blame.

We typically think of allergies as the cause of sneezing attacks, itchy eyes and runny noses. But the same processes in our bodies that create these common reactions, can also lead to aching or sensitive teeth.

Your sinus cavities are located in the cheek area, right above the roots of your back teeth. Congestion, inflammation, or infection of your sinuses can cause pain in the nerves of your teeth. But it doesn’t just stop there.

Sore Throat

Congestion in your sinuses can lead to throat soreness. As your sinuses drain, the mucus irritates your throat, making it scratchy and irritated.

Dry Mouth

To feel better, many people take allergy medications. A side effect of some medications is a dry mouth. Saliva is full of good antibacterial enzymes that help prevent tooth decay and prevent bad breath. Lack of saliva can put your teeth at risk.

Spring Allergies or Decay?

The only way to know if your achy teeth are the result of seasonal allergies, or if infections, gum disease, or tooth decay may be the cause, is to visit your dentist.

The Complete Guide to Easter Candy

The Complete Guide to Easter Candy



Watching our daughters hunt for eggs Easter morning are some of my fondest memories as a father.

But it always freaks me out to go into the grocery store around the Easter season. There is so much junk out there! Marketing Easter candy has become big business, and it’s really our children who lose.

I think it’s easy to think “oh, just this once.” But that mentality has a lasting effect. Even “just this once” candy can alter our taste buds, making us crave worse foods in the following weeks and months. It’s these “just this once” holidays where children learn what’s normal and where they develop habits they keep for the rest of their lives.

Sugary, refined carbohydrates also change the development of the bones and structure of our children’s faces and airways. The earlier children begin to have dental issues like cavities, the more complicated their oral health gets in adulthood.

This all might sound very serious, but I promise this doesn’t have to put a damper on the Easter holiday. I have a sweet tooth myself and don’t think you have to sacrifice any of the fun just because you want to model moderation and healthy habits during the holidays.

This is my guide for everything to know about Easter candy — the good, the bad, and the ugly, as well as healthy swaps you can make.
Quick Tips to Prevent Cavities After Eating Candy
You can minimize that acid attack by the bacteria by doing a few things when you eat candy.

Eat candy with plenty of water. Water helps neutralize the acids produced by the bacteria.
Swish vigorously with water afterward. This can help shake loose bits of sticky candy [...]

How Many Teeth Do Children Have?

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How Many Teeth Do Children Have?
Mar 6, 2014 – 05:03 PM EST |  Posted under: General, Pediatric Dentistry


You are born without any teeth—just an adorable gummy smile that makes your family laugh and adore you. As you grow, your teeth begin to form and around 6 to 12 months of age, your teeth begin to visibly emerge through the gum line. By the time you are 3 years old, you have all of your primary teeth—20 in total—known as your baby teeth. You will keep these teeth and use them for smiling, laughing, speaking, and chewing until you are 5 or 6 years old. Then, one by one, these teeth will fall out and your secondary teeth will begin to emerge.

Primary teeth become loose and fall out because the secondary teeth, also known as permanent teeth, begin to emerge and need room to grow. At the age of 12 or 13, most kids have lost all of their baby teeth and will have a full set of permanent teeth. A pediatric dentist will assist you in the care of your teeth from when you are a baby until you are a teenager. Then you will begin to see the family dentist to care for your oral health and maybe an affordable orthodontist, if you need braces or other dental appliances.

In total, there are 28 permanent teeth and an additional set, known as wisdom teeth, which emerge between the ages of 17 and 25 in the back corners of the mouth. There are four wisdom teeth, which, for most adults, will be removed or may never emerge.

Brief History on Dental Floss

Dental floss is considered a key element in proper oral hygiene. However, according to the ADA, only about 12 percent of Americans floss daily. The concept of flossing isn’t a new idea at all and it’s surprising that patients don’t take it more seriously. In fact, discoveries made by researchers have suggested that cleaning between the teeth was practiced as early as the Prehistoric period. Although the earliest versions of floss were similar to what is found in stores today, there have been quite a few advancements in the design to help simplify the process and create a more comfortable experience.

Prehistory: The exact date of the first use of dental floss is unknown but researchers found evidence that floss existed in prehistoric times. Grooves from floss and toothpicks have been found in the mouths of prehistoric humans. It is suggested that horse hair was used as floss and twigs were used as toothpicks to dislodge anything from the teeth.

1815: American dentist, Dr. Levi Spear Parmly introduces the idea of using waxed silken thread as floss. Later in his career, he published a book, A Practical Guide to the Management of Teeth, which emphasized the importance of brushing and flossing daily.

1882: Unwaxed silk floss is mass-produced by the Codman and Shurleft Company.

1898: The first dental floss patent is granted to Johnson & Johnson.

1940s: Due to rising costs of silk during World War II and its tendency to shred, nylon replaces silk as the main material in floss. This development is credited to Dr. Charles Bass, who is also known for making floss and essential part of daily oral hygiene.

1980s: The first interdental brush is invented as an alternative to flossing.

Today: Floss has evolved a lot [...]

New Year’s Resolutions

A New Year’s resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement or something slightly nice, such as opening doors for people beginning from New Year’s Day.[1]

Popular goals
Some examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often, to become more assertive, or to become more environmentally responsible.
Popular goals include resolutions to:[6]
• Improve physical well-being: eat healthy food, lose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink less alcohol, quit smoking, stop biting nails, get rid of old bad habits
• Improve mental well-being: think positive, laugh more often, enjoy life
• Improve finances: get out of debt, save money, make small investments
• Improve career: perform better at current job, get a better job, establish own business
• Improve education: improve grades, get a better education, learn something new (such as a foreign language or music), study often, read more books, improve talents
• Improve self: become more organized, reduce stress, be less grumpy, manage time, be more independent, perhaps watch less television, play fewer sitting-down video games
• Take a trip
• Volunteer to help others, practice life skills, use civic virtue, give to charity, volunteer to work part-time in a charity organization
• Get along better with people, improve social skills, enhance social intelligence
• Make new friends
• Spend quality time with family members
• Settle down, get engaged/get married, have kids
• Pray more, be closer to God, be more spiritual
• Be more involved in sports or different activities

Promoting A Healthy Family Lifestyle: Be Active


Promoting A Healthy Family Lifestyle: Be Active
By Matthew Hendison

With the nationwide obesity epidemic being front page news and decreasing school programs and safety concerns at all time highs, it is more important than ever for parents to “get involved” and make exercise and fitness an integral part of their family’s life.

Kids who participate in regular fitness activities, be it in a structured exercise curriculum of an indoor gym program, or as a member of a sports team, acquire the skills, confidence and positive self-image needed to become healthy young adults.

Just as parents guide and monitor their children’s academic health, parents need to take responsibility to initiate healthy habits for their children’s physical health and well-being. Following are tips for families to exercise together to promote a healthy lifestyle:
30 Everyday Things to do with Your Children
to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle:

Walk together. Pencil it into everyone’s busy schedules – family walking time. Every day/night, or even once or twice a week. 30 minutes to 1 hour. Even if it’s just around the block.
If possible, walk your child to or from school. It’s a great time for exercise, and connecting with your child.
Play with your child, at the playground or in the backyard, throw and catch, tag, or hopscotch.
Go for a bike ride together
Build. Whether it be a sand castle or a mud pie. Both are great for sensory integration, and relaxation.
Take the stairs whenever possible.
Let your children see you exercising.
Play basketball, play soccer – any sport!
Walk the dog –together.
Stretch. Put on some soft, or playful music, and touch your toes, stretch your legs, sit and stretch your spine. Great time to talk to your [...]

Who Invented the Toothbrush?

The toothbrush as we know it today was not invented until 1938. However, early forms of the toothbrush have been in existence since 3000 BC. Ancient civilizations used a “chew stick,” which was a thin twig with a frayed end. These ‘chew sticks’ were rubbed against the teeth.

The bristle toothbrush, similar to the type used today, was not invented until 1498 in China. The bristles were actually the stiff, coarse hairs taken from the back of a hog’s neck and attached to handles made of bone or bamboo.

Boar bristles were used until 1938, when nylon bristles were introduced by Dupont de Nemours. The first nylon toothbrush was called Doctor West’s Miracle Toothbrush. Later, Americans were influenced by the disciplined hygiene habits of soldiers from World War II. They became increasingly concerned with the practice of good oral hygiene and quickly adopted the nylon toothbrush.

Some other interesting toothbrush facts:

The first mass-produced toothbrush was made by William Addis of Clerkenwald, England, around 1780.
The first American to patent a toothbrush was H. N. Wadsworth, (patent number 18,653,) on Nov. 7, 1857.
Mass production of toothbrushes began in America around 1885.
One of the first electric toothbrushes to hit the American market was in 1960. It was marketed by the Squibb company under the name Broxodent.

Children Living With Smokers More Likely To Develop Caries.

Children Living With Smokers More Likely To Develop Caries.
Reuters (10/31, Rapaport) reported in continuing coverage that a study by researchers at Kyoto University in Japan found young children living in households with smokers were more likely to develop caries. The study found that children living with smokers were more than twice as likely to develop dental caries at three years of age than those who lived in non-smoking households. American Dental Association spokesperson Jonathan Shenkin said the study adds to the evidence that there is an association between secondhand smoke exposure and caries development in children.
        The ADA (10/23) reported that “consistent with previous reports, infants exposed to secondhand smoke at 4-months-old seem more likely to develop caries by 3 years of age,” according to the study, which is published in the BMJ.