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West Coast Pediatric Dentistry
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Even though 80% of parents say they know that children should not be put to bed with a bottle of milk or juice, a surprising number of parents still do just that on a regular basis. If you do put your child to bed with a bottle, make sure its water only. #ToothLove
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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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Raw vegetables like celery and carrots help scrub teeth and freshen breath as you eat them. Then the extra vitamins and nutrients are just a bonus! #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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It’s time to start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as tooth number one erupts. To brush your child’s first tooth, use a small toothbrush with soft bristles that’s designed for babies. Use a smear of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) and gently brush the tooth. Additionally, use toothpaste specifically for small children. #DentalFAQ
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Did you know that cavities are the most common chronic disease in children, and are nearly entirely preventable?
5 ways to help keep cavities at bay:
1. Brush every day, twice per day for two minutes at a time.
2. Floss once per day, and make sure to get between every tooth!
3. Avoid or limit sugary foods like candy.
4. Limit sugary juices, even if they are 100% juice!
5. Limit citrus fruits that damage enamel.
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While kids and adults with dental appliances should avoid all gum, 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!
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Need help cutting back on sugary soft-drinks and concentrated juices? Try freezing an ice cube tray of 100% fruit juice. When you're ready to drink, make a glass of water and include one of your juice cubes! #ToothLove
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