20Oct, 2016

5 Easy Tips to Protect Your Children’s Teeth This Halloween

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Do your children sort and savor Halloween candy like Susan Carraretto’s daughters? Here are 5 tips for keeping little teeth happy this time of year from 5 Minutes for Mom. 1. Know your child and set limits accordingly.  If your child naturally self regulates their candy consumption like my Julia and Sophia, don’t add unnecessary rules that might cause them to rebel. On the other hand, most kids will need help with guidelines or even strict limits. In some families, it makes sense for the parents to store the candy out […]
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14Sep, 2016

Sealants Decrease Decay by 80% as Guidelines Get Updated

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Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood illness, affecting 21% of kids aged 6 to 11 years and 58% of adolescents aged 12 to 19 years, according to the 2011 to 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Yet sealants can stop decay in its tracks, reducing its risks by 80% in permanent molars, the ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) report. “Sealants are a proven and effective therapy for preventing cavities in children and teens. Oral disease can greatly impact one’s concentration and self-esteem and contributes to […]
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12Jul, 2016

Children acquire cariogenic bacteria from inside and outside the family

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BOSTON, USA: Previous studies have shown that children acquire cariogenic pathogens, like Streptococcus mutans, mainly from their mothers through interpersonal contact, such as the sharing of cutlery or kissing each other on the lips. However, new research has now suggested that intra- and extra-familial sources other than maternal also play a part in the transmission of S. mutans, the primary bacterium associated with dental caries. S. mutans is considered to be transferred between humans. Children typically have more than one strain of the pathogen and share at least one of these strains with […]
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17May, 2016

Baby Teeth Deserve Care While They’re There

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Misconception: Baby teeth don’t matter because they are going to fall out anyway. Actually: Neglecting baby teeth can set a child up for lifelong dental trouble. Nearly a quarter of all children between the ages of 2 and 5 have cavities, a study at the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionfound. What’s the big deal? some parents ask. Those teeth are going to fall out anyway. It may be tempting to skip brushing if a toddler puts up a fuss, or allow a picky eater to snack nonstop on their favorite carbohydrates […]
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20Dec, 2015

7 Good Reasons to Smile

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When You Smile, the World Smiles Back Smiling happens without much thought. When you watch a friend do something silly or embarrassing, you smirk. When a police officer lets you off without a ticket, you grin. And when you are recognized for your top performance in academics or at work, you beam. Smiling is a very natural response that shares our happiness with others. But did you know that smiling also triggers activity in your brain? Yep, there’s a serious mind-body connection there, in your left frontal cortex to be […]
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3Dec, 2015

Invisalign is a great option for teens!

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Invisalign is not just for adults! When it comes to wearing metal braces, an overwhelming 92% of teens feel that it would keep them from fitting in with their peers.* It turns out that standing out in the crowd isn’t always a good thing. Teens wearing Invisalign® clear aligners are 2X more likely to have a boost in self-esteem while in treatment than teens treated with metal braces.* It’s hard to show confidence with a mouth full of metal. In the hands of a trained professional, Invisalign clear aligners can be just as effective as metal braces. The patented […]
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