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Westfield Pediatric Dental Group
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Not all chewing gum is created equal. Look for sugar-free chewing gum and especially gum made with xylitol, a natural sweetener that’s actually been shown to reduce cavities! #ToothLove
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Choosing floss for your child can be difficult, especially if they’re new to flossing. Dental tape is a great solution for young flossers. Dental tape is wide and flat and designed to be gentle on exposed gums. The width of dental tape makes it easier for small hands to grasp it, and makes it more forgiving when children use too much pressure while flossing. #ToothLove
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In 1819 Levi Spear Parmly, a dentist from New Orleans, is credited with inventing the first form of dental floss. He instructed his patients to run a waxen silk thread between their teeth to "dislodge that irritating matter which no brush can remove and which is the real source of disease." He considered flossing the most important part of dental care. Good thinking Dr. Parmly! #DentalFAQ
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Losing a baby tooth is very normal, but what happens if your 3 year old loses a tooth? If your child loses a tooth too soon, it can causes issues for incoming teeth. If you're not sure, give us a call! #ToothLove
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Did you know that toothbrushes date back to ancient Egypt? Well, they didn’t exactly use the toothbrushes we know today. Instead, they chewed on soft sticks and used a sharpened end as a toothpick to clean food from between their teeth! These ancient toothbrushes were aptly named “chewsticks.” #DentalFAQ
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We recommend establishing a "Dental Home" for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventative and routine oral health care. Share this post with your friends to tell them about your dental home! #ToothLove
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Now that school is back in full gear, don't forget to catch up on your dental appointments. Did you know that cavities are the #1 chronic childhood illness? Good news! Tooth decay is entirely preventable. More than 51 million school hours are lost every year due to dental disease. Prevent cavities and missed class time by getting a checkup early. #toothlove
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Oral piercings can be rough on teeth! They can lead to problems like fractured teeth, numbness, and receding gums. Make sure your teen knows the risks before she gets that piercing! #DentalFAQ
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Does Your Child Play School Sports? Did you know that just under 20% of all sports related injuries occur to children’s mouths? Mouth guards can prevent oral injuries and lower your child’s risk of sustaining serious injuries to their teeth and mouths.
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The most recent developments in toothpaste technology are in their whitening abilities. Whitening toothpastes can help with removing surface stains, but deeper stains will still need a deeper cleaning to remove. Children should generally avoid whitening toothpastes because they can cause sensitivity and may be too abrasive. Most toothpastes are fine for your teen (or the adults in your family) as long as it's approved by the ADA and they're using it for 2 minutes, twice a day! #2min2x
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