Breastfeeding’s Impact on Dental Health

The experience of breastfeeding is very special for many new moms as they consider that time a valuable bonding experience between the mother and newborn child.  Moms who are able to breastfeed also benefit for other reasons: they gain overall health benefits, oral health benefits, and cost-savings benefits.  This blog will help explain the many benefits, for both mom and child, of breastfeeding. It is important to remember that the…

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Startling Statistics About Kids’ Teeth

DID YOU KNOW that dental disease (cavities and gum disease) is the most common childhood disease – FIVE times more common than asthma? If that’s not surprising enough, here are some more startling statistics: 47.4% of 3rd graders in Virginia have or had a (untreated or treated) cavity experience. Students miss as many as 51 million hours of school each year because of dental problems. Adults miss 164 million hours…

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Poor Oral Health Linked To Lower Grades

Summer is over and the kids are back in school. Hopefully they are happy to reunite with old friends, meet new teachers, and ready to work hard for yet another school year! With the school year come a lot of “extra” duties for parents – being the taxi driver to sports practice, helping with homework assignments, preparing lunch bags, the list goes on and on! As parents, we do everything…

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5 Tips For Healthier Teeth

We believe that children’s dental health issues are preventable. Parents and kids can save a lot of time, money, and discomfort by being proactive and following these 5 tips to help your child’s teeth stay healthy and cavity-free! 1. Help your child brush 2 times per day Let your child try to brush their own teeth, but the parent should then perform a more thorough brushing to help get the…

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The Truth About Chewing Gum

You’re at the grocery store and at the check-out counter your child asks you for a candy bar. You promptly say no, and then they ask you if they can get a pack of chewing gum instead. A few questions cross your mind. Is chewing gum okay for children? How will it affect his/her teeth? It has to be better than a piece of candy or chocolate bar, right? Clinical…

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Which Drinks Are WORST For Teeth?

If you got our last Tooth Times email newsletter or checked our Facebook page, you’ve probably seen our contest to guess which drinks are worse for your teeth. In case you missed it, here’s the question: Rank these in order of best to worst for your teeth: Gatorade, Skim Milk, Mountain Dew, Coca Cola, Orange Juice We got over 30 guesses, and 2 correct responses which are (from best to…

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Going To The Dentist While Pregnant

Congratulations, you’re expecting! What a great reason to smile! But what can you expect with your oral health during these nine months? There are many changes that can occur with your teeth and surrounding gums during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Your Dental Habits Affect Your Child As your baby grows, so does the importance of good oral hygiene. Women are more likely to develop gingivitis (infection of the gums)…

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Dr. Liz on Fluorosis

Update 3.22.11: We’ve posted more information about the City of Richmond’s decision to lower the fluoride levels in city water. Dr. Liz was interviewed by Richmond’s Channel 8 News (WRIC) for a segment on the EPA’s decision to lower the recommended amount of fluoride in community water supplies. Here’s the video: About Fluorosis Fluorosis is a condition caused by too much fluoride in a child’s diet. In mild cases, it…

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What’s the Best Toothpaste for Children?

If you read our last post, you’ve got the right toothbrush for your child. Now, which toothpaste should your child use? The right toothpaste is essential to improving your oral hygiene routine. Toothpastes can come in pastes or gels, and contain agents to whiten teeth, help reduce tooth decay, gingivitis, bad breath, and sensitivity. So which one is right for you and your children? ADA Seal of Approval The most…

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What’s the Best Toothbrush for Children?

Going to the grocery store or pharmacy to pick out a toothbrush and toothpaste can be a daunting task. There are so many types of toothbrushes and toothpastes to pick from, so which one is right for your child? Infant Finger ToothBrushes Your first task is to find the correct size brush. If you have an infant with only a few front teeth, a finger brush might be your best choice. With these…

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