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Pyfferoen Pediatric Dentistry
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A great way to improve your tooth-health is by changing your drinking habits. Try eliminating sugary juices and colas and choose more mouth-healthy options. Drink more water, which helps clean teeth by washing away food debris and acid. Also, drink more milk to fight tooth decay by getting a healthy dose of casein – a protein in milk that strengthens enamel! #DentalFAQ
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Chewing gum sweetened with Xylitol – a natural sugar substitute – can actually help clean teeth and prevent tooth decay. That’s because chewing Xylitol gum stimulates saliva production, which washes debris from teeth that can cause plaque and tooth decay. #DentalFAQ
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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 benefiting from brushing as much as they could be. To keep your child’s toothbrush running strong, rinse it thoroughly under cool tap water after brushing, washing the bristles clean of all debris. Replace their toothbrush every 3-4 months, so that your child brushes with functional bristles. #DentalFAQ
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Did you know Xylitol is a popular sugar substitute that can actually clean teeth as it is enjoyed! Xylitol stimulates saliva production, which maintains healthy acid levels in the mouth, and removes debris from teeth. It also strengthens enamel, which is the first line of defense against cavities!
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If a baby tooth is lost too soon, it can lead to crowding of adult teeth, which can negatively affect bite alignment. The bottom line is that you should care for your child’s baby teeth as if they were adult teeth to help them get a healthy smile that lasts into adulthood. #ToothLove
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Did you know that toothbrushes have been around since ancient Egypt? The first toothbrushes were called “chewsticks,” which were twigs that had two uses: one end was frayed by a rock and used for brushing, while the other end was sharpened and used as a tooth pick. #DentalFAQ #DentalHistory
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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, and think about what you want to accomplish! 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. #DentalFAQ
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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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