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We don’t want your last words to your kids as they start camp this summer to be, “Remember to brush…Remember to brush…!”
Let’s face it, remembering to brush for two minutes twice a day is not going to be on your child’s mind while at camp. So here are some packing tips to help keep the cavity bugs away while at camp.
1. Pack one travel size toothpaste tube for every two weeks away. This way you can monitor how much brushing really went on AND they can’t say they couldn’t find it or it ran out.
2. Pack more that one tooth brush. Pack one per week. This way, the toothbrush’s accidental fall to the camp bathroom floor can not be used as an excuse for not brushing. Come into our office. We will supply you with a few extra brushes.
3. If your child is due for their dental cleaning this summer, schedule it for AFTER they come back from camp and let them know about the appointment BEFORE they go. If they happen to forget to brush more than they brushed while away, the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group Team can clean them up and get them back on track with good oral hygiene once they are “home sweet home.”
The chewing of sugarless gum increases the flow of saliva, which washes away food and other debris, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth and provides disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel.
The only varieties of gum the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group recommends are the sugarless type . They are sweetened by non-cavity causing sweeteners such as aspartame, xylitol, sorbitol or mannitol. Of course, chewing sugar-containing gum increases saliva flow too, but it also contains sugar which is used by plaque bacteria to produce decay-causing acids. Further research needs to be done to determine the effects of chewing sugar-containing gum on tooth decay.
With the flu season upon us, remember to change your toothbrush when you get sick. You don’t want to re-infect yourself. You should also remember to change your toothbrush when the bristles of the toothbrush head are flared or don’t standup straight. For some this could be every 3 months, for some younger children who might chew on the head of the toothbrush, this could be every 3 weeks. Just remember, you can’t brush effectively when the bristles are wore.
Cavites are NOT made in one night. Enjoy Halloween….just don’t let the candy consumption linger too long. The best choices are chocolate based candies. They melt away faster than the sticky hard choices. M&Ms, chocolate bars and Kit Kats are better choices than Skittles, Gumdrops, and Lollipops.
Did you know that if your child continues to suck his or her thumb after the permanent teeth have come in, it can cause problems with tooth alignment and your child’s bite? The frequency, duration and intensity of a habit will determine whether or not dental problems may result. Children who rest their thumbs passively in their mouths are less likely to have difficulty than those who vigorously suck their thumbs. If you are worried about your child’s sucking habits, talk to your pediatric dentist at Lasky Pediatric Dental Group. Drs. Lasky and Harmer are here to help.
The pediatric dentist at Lasky Pediatric Dental Group know it is not just what you eat but how you eat it that matters. Snacking throughout the day will feed decay making-bacteria. It is better to set and maintain regular mealtimes for your child’s optimum dental and physical health.
Which of these snacks have a higher risk of causing a cavity?
If you said the raisins you are CORRECT! Here’s why……
The longer a food stays in your child’s mouth, the greater the risk of developing cavities. So when choosing snacks and sweet treats, avoid those that might stick. So, grapes are a better snack than raisins. They have the same sugar content, but grapes dissolve better and won’t stick to teeth like raisins do.
The true answer to that question is…..Maybe yes, Maybe no.
The pediatric dentists at Lasky Pediatric Dental Group are trained to notice the subtle dental problems, which may indicate the onset of more serious orthodontic issues. Many orthodontic issues are much easier to address if treated and corrected during a child’s development.
If you’re wondering if your child might have a need for orthodontic care consulting with one of the dentist at the Lasky Pediatric Dental Group should be your first step. We work closely with numerous top orthodontists to ensure your child receives the best care. Here are a few of the most common warning signs of orthodontic issues:
Sucking the thumb, the fingers, or any other oral sucking habits that continue after the age of six
Overbite – when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth by more than 5mm • Top front teeth that cover more than 25% of the bottom teeth while biting
Underbite – when the top front teeth go behind the bottom row of teeth when biting
Crossbite – when one or more teeth tilt toward the cheek or toward the tongue causing excessive stress on the jawbone
Crowded, crooked, overlapped, misshapen, misplaced teeth or extra teeth of any size
A jaw that protrudes, or recedes, too much