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Wild for a Smile Children's Dentistry
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Can chewing gum be good for your teeth?
Chewing sugar-free gum can help your teeth! The act of chewing increases the saliva in your mouth, which helps neutralize acid and wash away food. More saliva also means more calcium and phosphate delivered to your teeth, helping to strengthen tooth enamel.
While not a substitute for brushing and flossing, studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.
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Bleeding gums aren't normal. In fact, it can often be a sign of gum disease. Do you or your children experience bleeding gums when you brush or floss?
Learn more: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/g/gum-disease
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Does your family use mouthwash? In addition to helping reduce plaque, an antimicrobial mouthwash can also help to combat gingivitis and inflammation of the gums. Of course, brushing for two minutes, twice a day is essential and flossing is a must. So while mouthwash is definitely not a requirement, it can be an excellent part of your overall dental care.
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Bad breath is common for people of all ages. While some bad breath is normal, bad breath may also be a symptom of a larger problem. Five common causes and their solutions:
1. Smelly food. Try rinsing with water or chewing sugar-free gum. It’s also said that a small dab of mustard will kill the smell quickly!
2. Medication. Sometimes medicines like antihistamines will cause you to produce less saliva, making your mouth dry. Try dinking more water to stay hydrated and wash away odor causing bacteria.
3. Dairy. While dairy is good for your teeth, it can also cause bad breath because bacteria love to feed on the high levels of amino acids. Keep eating dairy, but be sure to brush and floss regularly as well.
4. Mouth breathing. Breathing through your mouth, especially when you have a cold, can cause bad breath because it dries out your mouth. If you regularly breathe through your mouth while sleeping you may need to see a physician for sleep apnea, snoring or asthma.
5. Gum disease & plaque. Your mouth may smell because it’s unhealthy. Bacteria allowed to grow between teeth and around your gums may be causing damage that needs to be treated. Aside from regular brushing and flossing, staying on top of regular dental check-ups is essential. Is your family caught up? Why not give us a call and schedule an appointment today?
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Thanks for allowing us to make your smile brighter!
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Who is the "model brusher" in your home? Modeling good dental behavior will teach your children first hand that you value your own oral health and theirs. Comment and tell us who does the best job!
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Do your kids like broccoli?
Broccoli is full of vitamin C, vitamin E and Calcium...essential nutrients for healthy teeth. Plus, the iron found in broccoli helps to form an acid-resistant barrier that can protect the enamel of your teeth.
And the best way to eat this dental superfood? Raw!
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This even surprised us! Six month checkups and regular dental care often means less missed school and higher grades.
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As 2014 comes to a close, we would like to thank each and every one of the families that we serve for allowing us the opportunity to be a small part of your lives. We wish you a very happy New Year filled with healthy smiles!
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