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5 years, 11 months ago 0

Chewing Gum Can Be Healthy And Fun

Chewing sugarless gum after meals can HELP decrease tooth decay. Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.

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.

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6 years ago 0

When Should You Change Your Toothbrush?

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. 

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6 years, 1 month ago 0

Cavities are NOT made in one night!

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.

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6 years, 2 months ago 0

Does It Matter When My Child Stops Sucking Her Finger Or Thumb?

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.

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6 years, 2 months ago 0

Grazing is for Cows

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.

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6 years, 4 months ago 0

Avoid sticky foods that linger in the mouth

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.

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6 years, 4 months ago 0

Does my 1st or 2nd grader need to visit the orthodontist?

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

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6 years, 4 months ago 0

Wipe your baby’s teeth and gums

Be sure to wipe your child’s gums with a wet washcloth or xylitol wipes regularly, even before your child has teeth. Why? For two very important reasons, 1) to get your child accustomed to having his or her mouth cleaned; and 2) to wipe away any food residue that can cause cavities on emerging teeth.
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6 years, 4 months ago 0

Soft Drink Alternatives

Drs. Lasky and Harmer recommend avoiding soft drinks. Not only do they increase your risk for dental decay they do not properly hydrate your child. There are great dental friendly alternatives that your kids will enjoy drinking. Click here for some that we recommend.

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6 years, 5 months ago 0

Protect Teeth while Playing

Drs. Lasky and Harmer recommend that if you need to put a helmet on your head, you should be wearing a mouthguard.  This includes all sports like biking, skateboarding, and riding a scooter.

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