7 Tips to Lower Kids Sugar Intake

7 Tips to Lower Kids Sugar Intake

Sugar seems to be in everything, especially the foods that kids want. We can reduce the sugar intake though!

Not long ago, we talked about Ways to Help Prevent Cavities and these 7 tips will help with that too.

1. Stick to Water

It’s hard to drink sugary drinks when water is your first choice.  Water helps to clear away any sugar or acid that gets stuck in your teeth too.

2. Have a Colorful Plate

Children and adults should eat multiple servings of produce per day such as apples, carrots, broccoli, bananas, and peppers. Whole fruit and vegetables contain water and fiber, which will help kids to feel full. It’s easier to keep from eating candy when you’re full.

3. Have Healthy Snacks Ready

Have snacks that are easy and ready to grab and go. Chopped carrots or apple slices can make that quick snack not feel like a chore.

4. Stay Away From Processed Foods

There is no reason to eliminate sweet treats altogether, it’s all about moderation and having options. Meal planning can help make this easier.

5. Plan Meals Ahead

When meals and snacks are planned, the impulse to find something quick, easy and usually unhealthy is defeated. Having easy back up options planned is always helpful for those days that something comes up.

6. Cook More, Eat Out Less

Baking at home allows you to use less sugar or even replace it with applesauce or other low-sugar alternatives. Look for sugar-free or low-sugar recipes online.

7. Eat Healthy Together

Eating together can reaffirm that healthy food is important for your kids by showing adults eat the same things and want to be healthy.

Yes, sugar is in many foods but we can limit it by following some of these tips. Even using one of these tips can reduce the sugar intake for kids.

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What Does Flossing Actually Do for You?

What Does Flossing Actually Do for You?

Going to the dentist for a checkup not only secures that your teeth, tongue, and the rest our your mouth are in good health, but it’s also a way for your dentist to ensure you’re doing what’s necessary to maintain your oral health on your own. One of the things a dental hygienist has to discuss with patient after patient is flossing. So why is flossing important to your health?

“Experts say that brushing without flossing can leave almost 35 percent of the teeth’s surface unclean and prone to various oral problems like bad breath, plaque build-up and gum diseases.”

Never Go a Day Without Flossing

While brushing your teeth might give you that freshly clean sense of feeling, just brushing is not enough to truly cleanse your pearly whites. Brushing gets the top layer, but not what’s beneath the surfaces. Those bristles can’t get between every single tooth, which commonly leaves food particles, and bacteria behind. That’s why it’s essential for you to floss top to bottom every day, and your dentist can definitely tell if you don’t.

To learn more about how flossing helps your health refer to Does Flossing Benefit More Than Just Oral Health?

Plaque Attack!

Plaque Attack!

What is dental plaque? How does it affect your child’s oral health? How do you prevent the buildup of plaque?

What is dental plaque?

Dental plaque is a film or coating of bacteria that grows on the surfaces within the mouth. If plaque is not removed twice daily with proper brushing and flossing it becomes hard and appears brownish or yellow on the teeth, this is called tartar. Tartar needs to be removed by a dental professional, either a hygienist or dentist to prevent gum disease and decay.

How does plaque affect your child’s oral health?

Plaque and tartar can both cause problems for your child’s teeth. The bacteria in plaque eat the foods we eat and their waste product is acid. The acid weakens the enamel of the teeth and over time can lead to a cavity.
The long-term buildup of plaque and tartar can cause the gums to become inflamed or swollen and bleed when brushing or flossing. These are the early symptoms of gum disease or gingivitis. If left untreated gum disease can progress and result in the roots of the teeth being exposed or tooth loss.

How do you prevent the buildup of plaque?

First things first, help your child get into a routine of brushing and flossing as soon as their teeth erupt. Children like consistency and even if they resist brushing they need your help until they are 7-8 years of age. Try to make things fun! An electric toothbrush with a 2-minute timer can make it easier to brush and remove the plaque. There are many on the market with different cartoon characters that play music and sing your child to the 2-minute mark. There are brushing apps for your phone or tablet to entertain your child while brushing. Let your child help with the brushing process. Allow your child to have a turn and after they are finished you need to help them get the hard to reach places. Limit sugary foods and drinks as this is the plaques favorite food. Lastly, we encourage you to take your child to the dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups. Regular preventative care will help aid in good oral health for your child as we can catch any potential problems as soon as possible.

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Updated: October 23, 2018

7 Ways to Care for Sensitive Teeth

7 Ways to Care for Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth occur when the nerves of your dentin are easily irritated which can result in mild discomfort or even sharp pain. Too many people go through their life without ever addressing the sensitivity of their teeth, but there are ways to help sooth that sensitivity. Take a look at these 7 ways to care for your sensitive teeth:

1. Talk to Your Dentist

When there’s a problem in your mouth, always remember that you have a dentist for a reason. Our dental office is here to help you have the healthiest smile in any way we can. So if your child is experiencing irritation from sensitive teeth, be sure to consult the dentist. We may be able to determine the root of the problem as well as provide you with helpful ways to deal with or even eradicate tooth sensitivity.

2. Find the Right Toothpaste

There are toothpastes made specifically for people suffering from sensitive teeth. Your dentist may even prescribe you with toothpaste to treat and prevent further sensitivity associated with brushing. At the end of the day (and the beginning), you have to brush, but finding toothpaste specific to your needs can help to ease any discomfort.

3. Get a Sensitive Toothbrush

If you have sensitive teeth, you’re going to require a toothbrush with softer bristles than the typical brusher needs. These special toothbrushes can be found at most pharmacies. Feel free to ask your dentist for recommendations. Try to brush vertically rather than horizontally, which can be more painful as it further exposes the roots of your teeth.

4. Avoid Certain Foods When Possible

Too hot or too cold can be painful if you’re struggling with sensitive teeth. Certain drinks or highly acidic foods may be problematic as well. Sensitive teeth can have triggers and once you learn what those are it’s best for you to avoid them until sensitivity has improved or subsided.

5. Maintain Your Dental Hygiene Routine

You don’t want to ever skip out on brushing or flossing, but this is one case where it’s particularly important that you don’t brush too hard. Be gentle with your delicate teeth. You still need to brush twice daily but with a soft bristle toothbrush and sensitivity minded toothpaste, you should be able to maintain your oral care routine.

6. Consider Outside Factors

Do you grind your teeth? Are you using at home teeth whitening strips? Things like these can result in sensitive teeth. If you’ve never dealt with sensitivity before, think of what’s new to your mouth. You might be eating too many citrus fruits, which have high acidity. Whatever it is, addressing the behavior and consulting with your dentist is essential for the health of your teeth.

7. Drink More Water

Just like almost every other health concern, hydration can do wonders to those suffering from tooth sensitivity. Water helps to clear away any sugar or acid that gets stuck in your teeth. You brush morning and night, but throughout the day drinking water helps to wash and rinse your smile. The less water you drink, the more irritants get stuck in your teeth and sensitivity ensues.

Sensitivity in your teeth can be caused by a wide variety of issues. You may simply be predisposed to generalized pain. On the other hand, sensitivity might be ensuing from neglected dental hygiene, which can result in tooth decay. Your enamel could be worn out, but no matter what the issue, sensitive teeth is something to be addressed by your dentist. So care for your sensitive teeth in every way you can, but don’t forget to let your dentist know about your pain in order to help ease said pain as well as detect any underlying issues.

Make Sure Your Toothpaste Isn’t Fluoride Free

Make Sure Your Toothpaste Isn’t Fluoride Free

Do you ever think about the ingredients in your toothpaste? So many consumers look for teeth whitening, but there is a greater purpose your toothpaste might be missing.

“Dental health experts worry that more people are using toothpaste that skips the most important ingredient — fluoride — and leaves them at a greater risk of cavities.”

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Stance

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) encourages appropriate amounts of fluoride in toothpaste and to use such toothpaste twice a day for all children. Research has shown evidence that fluoride reduces cavities which is particularly important in young brushers. You want your kid’s teeth to be healthy from childhood to adulthood and that’s why we recommend the use of fluoride toothpaste for all children.

To learn more about fluoride toothpaste refer to Experts question benefits of fluoride-free toothpaste.

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