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Ralph S Zotovich DDS Specialist, Gentle Care for Special Needs & Babies to Teens
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As your child gets older, it is alright to start slowly giving them sugary foods. To keep sugar-related cavities at bay, make sure that they finish sugary treats quickly, and that they rinse their mouth out with cool water after they’re done. Limit candy, and only fill sippy cups with water to limit the time that sugar contacts their teeth. #ToothLove
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Some people discount the importance of baby teeth since they are temporary. However, baby teeth are vital in developing a properly structured smile in adulthood. 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. #DentalFAQ
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Everybody loves sweets, and everyone knows sugar is bad for teeth and it can lead to plaque buildup and cavities. But don’t let the bad side of sugar get you down! You can replace sugar with a natural sweetener called Xylitol, which can actually reduce plaque and reduce enamel-attacking acid!
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Canker sores are small, red spots or bumps that can appear on the inside of your mouth. They can be sensitive and cause a burning or tingling sensation. There is no cure for canker sores, but they usually heal in 7 – 10 days. Visit your dentist if you have a canker sore that lasts more than 2 weeks, since it may be a more serious issue. #DentalFAQ
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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! #ToothFairyTuesday
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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?
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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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