Dental Hygiene for Kids

Kids and Cavities: By Age 6, Nearly Half of Australian Kids Have Tooth Decay

A recent study by Adelaide University researchers has yielded some troubling insights about the state of dental health among young children across Australia. How Soon Do Kids Get Cavities The team conducted a major nationwide study, giving dental exams to 24,000 children who were randomly chosen from communities across the country. Children’s tooth decay was found to be a serious problem: nearly half of all the six year olds examined presented with signs of dental disease. Though disturbing, the researchers expressed that the reasons behind the high numbers of kids with tooth decay are clear. Australia has a sweet tooth […]

Flossing vs the Waterpik: Which Works Better

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Though it’s one of the most important elements of practicing proper dental hygiene, flossing is a practice that many people struggle with. Flossing can be difficult and uncomfortable, particularly for individuals who are prone to bleeding or have gum sensitivity. It also doesn’t always reach all areas of the mouth. Luckily for floss haters, there are alternatives. Water flossers have been on the market for a long time, but have just recently — as of February 2017 — earned the American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval. Thanks to the seal, consumers worldwide can now trust in the Waterpik water flosser […]

How Dental Sealants Improve Kids’ Dental Health

It’s long been understood that whenever possible, preventative measures are far better and cheaper than treating a problem that’s already developed. Basic preventative measures like brushing and flossing are already a part of most people’s daily oral care routine. But others, such as getting dental sealants, are a great way of taking extra measures to keep teeth healthy.  To address this issue and help increase children’s access to preventative oral care, school districts across the US in low socioeconomic areas have begun offering programs that provide subsidized dental sealants to kids while they’re at school. According to an October 2016 study […]

What Are Dental Sealants and How are They Helping Kids Smile

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It’s long been understood that whenever possible, preventative measures are far better and cheaper than treating a problem that’s already developed. Basic preventative measures like brushing and flossing are already a part of most people’s daily oral care routine. But others, such as getting dental sealants, are too costly for some people to afford despite their well-documented positive effect on cavity prevention. To address this issue and help increase children’s access to preventative oral care, school districts across the US in low socioeconomic areas have begun offering programs that provide subsidized dental sealants to kids while they’re at school. According […]

What You Need to Know About How to Floss Properly

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The Lowdown On Flossing Although there has been some recent scientific controversy concerning the benefits of flossing versus not flossing, most of the nation’s dentists still tout flossing importance to healthy teeth. Most American Dental Association (ADA) members—and even WebMD.com—continue to praise flossing benefits as an important method of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Should You Floss Before or After Brushing? Some ADA dentists recommend flossing before brushing, since flossing is not a “fun” process. They believe some people will forego flossing if they wait until after brushing. Some dentists believe you’re better off using floss after brushing to […]

How to Brush Your Teeth Properly

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The recommended proper brushing method has changed somewhat over the past two or three decades. Adopting the correct tooth-brushing technique will help you promote healthy teeth. Regular brushing should be an important component of your daily dental care regimen. How to Brush Your Teeth Correctly According to the American Dental Association (ADA), these recommendations help you have a healthy mouth and a winning smile. Brush twice a day using a soft-bristled brush. Get a new toothbrush three or four times a year; even sooner if you have frayed bristles. Always use an ADA-accepted toothpaste (with the ADA seal), ensuring that […]

Sports Drinks and Children: Are Sports Drinks and Energy Bars Bad for Kids?

Sports Drinks and Oral Health for Kids Every kid wants to be like their favorite athlete. Youngsters want to dress like their role models, act like them, and buy the same products. This has led to a rise in popularity of things like sports drinks and energy bars — designed to rehydrate athletes’ bodies after a tough match or workout, or provide energy and nutrients to last for hours of grueling exercise — being consumed casually. This is bad news, dentists warn,  health drinks are not always healthy for kids, and the clear losers here are children’s teeth. Why are […]

New Study Apparently Shows Flossing Does Not Work – True or False

Does Flossing Really Work? The Associated Press (AP) published (August 2016) the results of their investigation of flossing benefits when combined with regular tooth brushing. The AP reviewed 25 research studies, compiled over the past 10 years, that focused on the advantages of flossing and brushing compared to brushing alone. Their conclusion: Flossing has little or no effect on removing plaque or encouraging healthy gums. Their report highlights a 2015 study that states “inconsistent/weak evidence” of the value of flossing and brushing. The AP also noted that both the 2010 and 2015 editions of Dietary Guidelines for Americans (published every […]

Plastic Packaging and Your Children’s Teeth

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Plastic Packaging and Your Children’s Teeth Parents will do anything to take care of their kids and help them develop strong, healthy teeth. Of course, this objective can be frustrating when the list of things to avoid seems to grow longer every day. Sorry, Mom and Dad, but it’s time to add another to the list: Bisphenol A (or BPA), a chemical commonly found in plastic packaging for food and drinks. Many parents are already aware of the risks associated with BPA. Scientists and public health officials have been aware for a while that prolonged exposure to BPA can negatively […]

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