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Most babies are ready to start making the switch to a sippy cup between 6-9 months. By the time they're 12 months, its best to stop using the bottle altogether. If she's still having a hard time, offer a blankie or stuffed animal as comfort during her transition. #DentalFAQ
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Did you know that a glass of milk can help save a knocked out tooth? Water will cause the root cells of the tooth to swell, while leaving it dry will cause them to shrink. A shift in either direction will make the tooth more difficult to put back, but milk maintains the correct fluid balance in the root cells of the tooth giving it the best chance at being saved. #DentalFAQ
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Did you know that most mouthwashes contain some form of fluoride to protect against tooth decay? They can also contain other active ingredients to keep plaque, gingivitis, and other oral problems at bay. #DentalFAQ
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No tooth care kit is complete without a toothbrush, toothpaste, and some good dental floss. What kinds of things do you always have handy to keep your pearly whites sparkling? #ToothLove
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Teaching good dental habits can be easy! Just lead by example. Does your family ever brush together? #ToothLove
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There are tooth-friendly foods, and then there are dental super foods that clean your teeth as you eat them. High-fiber foods like apples and carrots clean teeth by scrubbing away plaque as they are being chewed! Eating more fibrous foods can help keep your teeth clean, and improve your overall health! #ToothLove
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If your child has gums that bleed easily, or regularly has food debris in between their teeth, then they are not flossing. Another tell-tale sign is plaque forming between the teeth – where only floss can clean. Remind your child to floss once per day, and help them if they are too young to do it themselves. Regular flossing and brushing helps prevents cavities, tooth decay and gum disease.
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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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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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Is your child’s toothbrush as effective as it can be? If they are brushing with an old, or dirty toothbrush, then they just aren’t benefitting from brushing as much as they could be. #DentalFAQ Check out these tips to keep their toothbrush fresh and strong:
1. Rinse thoroughly in cool tap water after brushing, washing the bristles clean of all debris.
2. Never wash their toothbrush in a dishwasher, since this may damage it beyond repair.
3. Replace their toothbrush every 3-4 months, so that your child brushes with functional bristles.
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