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Melissa Rozas, DDS
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Xylitol is a popular sugar substitute that can actually clean teeth as it is enjoyed! Xylitol stimulates saliva production, which maintains healthy acid levels in the mouth, and removes debris from teeth. It also strengthens enamel, which is the first line of defense against cavities! #DentalFAQ
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If a baby tooth is lost too soon, it can lead to crowding of adult teeth, which can negatively affect bite alignment. The bottom line is that you should care for your child’s baby teeth as if they were adult teeth to help them get a healthy smile that lasts into adulthood. #ToothLove
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Did you know that toothbrushes have been around since ancient Egypt? The first toothbrushes were called “chewsticks,” which were twigs that had two uses: one end was frayed by a rock and used for brushing, while the other end was sharpened and used as a tooth pick. #DentalHistory #DentalFAQ
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Before buying your mouthwash, be sure to look for the ADA seal of approval so that you know the claims on the bottle have been tested and verified, and think about what you want to accomplish! If you want to help prevent tooth decay, get a mouthwash that contains fluoride. If you want to get fresh breath, choose a cosmetic mouthwash that fights bad breath. If you want to prevent gingivitis, look for an anti-plaque or anti-gingivitis rinse. #DentalFAQ
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Did you know that your tongue harbors bacteria and food particles beneath a fine layer of mucus? This can lead to noticeable bad breath, but you can prevent it by brushing your tongue! You can use a small dab of toothpaste on your tongue, or, use a tongue scraper to remove debris from your tongue and curb bad breath. #DentalFAQ
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Your child will most likely score big this Halloween, and come away with pounds of candy. With the amount of candy in circulation, you can change it up by offering some of these fun candy alternatives!
1. Mini Flashlights
2. Toothbrushes
3. Mini Glow Sticks
4. Fake Moustaches
5. Bouncy Balls
Candy alternatives are a fun, and inexpensive way to treat local children, and help prevent tooth decay! #ToothLove
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Do you know how to clean your child’s first tooth? We do! After their first tooth emerges – usually around the 8 month mark – begin to use a toddler’s toothbrush to clean their tooth! Find a toothbrush with very soft bristles, and only use a smear of toothpaste – about the size of a grain of rice. #DentalFAQ
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Saliva is your mouth’s most powerful natural defense against tooth decay. It helps neutralize harmful acids that erode tooth enamel and lead to cavities. You can promote saliva production by chewing gum sweetened with Xylitol, staying hydrated with water, or eating more fibrous foods. #DentalFAQ
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Gum is a great way to freshen breath, but did you know that a certain type of gum actually cleans teeth as it’s chewed? Gum sweetened with Xylitol has been proven to reduce decay-causing bacteria, and reduce acids released by the bacteria in plaque. It also stimulates saliva production, which naturally cleans teeth by washing away food debris.
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Fruit is a big part of a healthy diet, and a lot of fruit promotes a healthy mouth. However, fruit isn’t always good for teeth. When fruit is dried, it loses water and usually contains added sugar, which provides energy to cavity causing bacteria. Additionally, dried fruit like raisins and plums often stick onto teeth for a long time, which causes more damage. To get the most nutritional value, it’s best to eat fruit raw. #DentalFAQ
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