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Simsbury Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry
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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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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. #DentalFAQ
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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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You should buy a new toothbrush for your child every three months. When choosing the best toothbrush for your child, there are a few things to look for:
1. Make sure that the toothbrush is the right size for your child. The handle should fit in their hand, and the head should easily fit in their mouth.
2. Look for the ADA seal of approval.
3. Make sure that you buy a toothbrush with soft, rounded bristles.
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When your child eats a school-supplied lunch, you are putting their oral health in the hands of their school. You can help keep their teeth by packing their lunch with a few mouth healthy foods! Try packing their lunch, and include an apple and yogurt! Both of these foods clean teeth, and improve oral health. #ToothLove
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Confused about how much toothpaste to use for your young child? Well, we’re here to help! Until their first tooth erupts, wipe out their mouth with a cool, clean rag after eating. When they get their first tooth, use a smear of toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. When they have a few more teeth, begin brushing their teeth with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Happy brushing! #ToothLove
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We work to make our dental practice a safe and gentle place for children with special health care needs. Give us a call to see how we can help your child. #ToothLove
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Fluoridation is the controlled addition of fluoride to public drinking water. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in virtually all water supplies, but usually too low to prevent tooth decay. Fluoridation has shown a dramatic decline in tooth decay since it’s initiation in the early 1960’s! #DentalFAQ
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