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Posts for: August, 2014

Here are some dental tips to ensure that your child’s teeth stay healthy this school year.
 
It’s amazing how quickly summer flies by. It feels like just yesterday that school was closing for summer; however, it’s that time again—time to get ready for kids to go back to school. It can be a hectic time for most families as everyone rushes to buy textbooks, new school clothes and tons of school supplies. After all, you want your child to be ready for the very first day of school. However, as you’re putting together your checklist of back-to-school to do’s, you might want to add something else to that list: a dental appointment. If your child is in need of their six-month checkup and cleaning, now is the perfect time to see your local dentist. You want your child to go back to school with a healthy smile.School Checkup Appointment
 

If you’ve already called our office to setup an appointment, here are some other dental tips that you and your child should adopt:

  1. Replace your child’s toothbrush regularly: If the toothbrush looks worn and the bristles are beginning to fray, it’s time to replace it. In an effort to get your child more interested in personal dental hygiene, let him or her pick out a toothbrush of their liking. There are a lot of fun designs out there!
  2. Choose tasty toothpaste: Depending on the age of your child, the minty flavors we enjoy when we brush up might not be as pleasant for your child. Therefore, it might be best to choose some kid-friendly flavors. When you’re picking out a toothbrush, also let your child pick out toothpaste that sounds good to them. If they like it, they’ll be more likely to brush regularly.
  3. Buy floss picks: Getting your child to brush can sometimes be a nightmare, let alone getting them to floss their teeth. Sometimes you have to pick your battles, which in this case may leave your child not flossing. Instead of buying the standard floss, which you know your child won’t use, opt for some floss picks. They come in fun colors and flavors, and they are easy to use.
  4. Pack smart lunches: When you’re packing your child’s lunch for school, make sure to pack it full with smile-friendly items like fruits, vegetables and even cheese. Avoid acidic and sticky foods as they produce more plaque and erode enamel.
Talk to your Bolingbrook family dentist about other ways to make sure that your child’s teeth stay healthy this school year. We would be happy to chat with you about your child’s smile. If you need to setup an appointment, or you just have a question, you can call our office anytime.
 
Attention: all parents! Have you come up with some of your own tips to get your child to brush his or her teeth more regularly? Do you have a reward system that works? If so, we would love to hear how you get your kids to take care of their smiles.

By Bolingbrook Dental Care
August 14, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cavity   Sugar Free   Cavities   Oral Health  
Did you know that sugar free products could actually lead to tooth decay? Sugar substitutes have become very popular this day and age. When you go to the grocery store, you notice that the shelves are stocked full of sugar free products that supposedly reduce the possibility of tooth decay and weight gain. This includes diet soda, sugar free candy, and more. But few people realize that there is a relationship between sugar substitutes and dental health, and we here at Bolingbrook Dental Care want you to know the facts, not the myths. Sugar Free Dental Myths
 
Most current sugar-free products contain one or more of these three substitutes:
  • Sorbitol
  • Mannitol
  • Saccharine
These sugar substitutes can make cavities on your teeth in no time. Many companies claim that sugar-free also means cavity free. This is simply not true. Knowing the facts is what we want you to know. So, how does tooth decay happen from sugar substitutes? Listed below is the usual process in tooth decay from the sugar-free products that you will find in your local grocery store.
  • Carbohydrates and sugars become stuck to the tooth enamel and stay there if the teeth aren’t brushed.
  • Bacteria recognize the sugars as a potential food source and begin to feed upon it.
  • The bacterium begins to multiply as it ingests the sugar, expanding in numbers very quickly.
  • As the bacteria continue to feed, they convert the sugar into acid waste.
  • The acid waste begins to eat away at the enamel and causes tooth decay!

This process has proven to take place both with sugar substitutes as well as with ordinary sugar.

Lowering Your Risk of Cavities

While lessening your intake of artificial sweeteners, as well as regular sugar, there are steps you can take to help reduce the risk of cavities. Visiting our office for your regular appointments allows us to keep your mouth healthy, as well as catch any cavities early before other health problems can occur. We also recommend the following steps for staying on top of your dental health:
  • Brushing with fluoride toothpaste after eating and drinking
  • Rinse your mouth
  • Visit the dentist regularly
  • Consider dental sealants
  • Drink tap water with fluoride
  • Avoid frequent snacking and sipping
  • Eat tooth-healthy foods
  • Consider fluoride treatments
To learn more about cavity prevention, or to schedule a oral health cleaning, contact our office today!