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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 to clean their teeth, and used a sharpened end as a toothpick to clean food from between their teeth! These ancient toothbrushes were aptly named “chewsticks.” #NowYou Know #DentalHistory #ToothLove
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It can be hard to choose a mouthwash, but it doesn’t have to be! Start with your goals: 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. 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. #DentalFAQ
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Did you know that the tooth fairy is an American icon, and doesn’t really travel outside of the United States? However, she is a distant cousin to La Petite Souris, the French mouse who has traded money for lost teeth since the 17th century. #DentalHistory
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A sippy cup is a great way to give your child a bit more independence as they get older, and gain dexterity in their hands. But, be careful about what you serve them! Help keep cavities at bay by only filling their sippy cup with water, and not sugary fruit juice. If you must give them juice, dilute it with water to keep their sugar intake down. #dentalfaq
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It’s important to keep your tooth brush where it can get the least amount of bathroom germs possible (Yuck!). The best place to store your toothbrush is in a cabinet, upright. Or, in a closed area where it can dry without touching other brushes or being exposed to micro-particulates from the toilet. #DentalFAQ
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During the first few years, thumb sucking or pacifier habits probably won't do any damage. But if the habit persists after baby teeth are falling out it can cause problems. One approach for breaking the habit is to talk about eliminating pacifiers with your child for 3 days before it happens. Give her several reminders so that she has time to mentally prepare herself and then be sympathetic, but firm when the day comes. Which ways have you found successful for eliminating the pacifier habit? #DentalFAQ
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Looking for after school snack ideas? Keep it simple! An apple with some peanut butter is a dental friendly snack that will fill them up until dinner time. We give it a thumbs up because its low in sugar, the kids like it because it tastes great. Sprinkle some granola on top to add a salty crunch! #ToothLove
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Did you know that dental sealants decrease the risk of tooth decay in permanent molars by 80%? Dental sealants can be a huge help in your
child's fight against mouth monsters! #DentalFAQ
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Get the right floss for YOUR child’s specific needs: Does Your Child Have large gaps? Try wide, flat dental tape.
Are Teeth Tightly Bunched? Thinner, waxed floss should help.
Braces? Floss threaders are a lifesaver!
Varied Spacing? Ultra floss can stretch thin but is also wide enough to comfortably clean wider spaces. Most Importantly, Floss Daily! #ToothLove
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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? (maxillofacial injuries) Mouth guards can prevent oral injuries and lower your child’s risk of sustaining serious injuries to their teeth and mouths. Get a mouth-formed “boil and bite” mouth guard, or get a custom, dentist made mouth guard for the best possible fit and protection. #DentalFAQ
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