PARENTS! TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ON CHILDREN’S DENTAL FACTS
Making great choices for your child's dental health can be tricky, even when all you want is what is best for them. See how much you know by taking this short quiz.
1. True or False? Fruit flavored kid’s snacks are a great alternative to fresh fruit.
2. True or False? Sour candy is one of the worst types of candy for kid’s teeth.
3. True or False? All organic foods are good for your child’s teeth.
4. True or false? Sugary drinks are fine for kid’s teeth when sipped a little bit at a time.
5. True or false? Kids need to eliminate all sugary and starchy snacks to make sure they have great dental health.
6. True or false? Baby teeth are just as important to care for as adult teeth.
7. True or false? When taking kids to the dentist, they should be prepared by telling them about everything that will happen that day.
8. True or False? Kids should have their first visit to the dentist while they are still babies.
9. True or False? Putting kids to bed with a bottle of milk or juice will not harm their teeth.
10. True or false? Smart, loving parents know what foods and drinks are going to cause problems for kid’s teeth.
1. False Few foods cause more tooth decay to develop in between the teeth thank sticky fruit snacks or gummy fruits. These snacks have a higher potential to cause decay because they are not as easily cleared from their teeth as other foods. Real fruit is a much better option.
2. True Sour candy can dramatically increase the risk of getting tooth decay because it changes the environment of their mouths to one that is very favorable to getting decay. Guiding them to small amounts of chocolate would be much better for their teeth.
3. False Organic does not always mean healthy because sugar can be organic, too. If the first ingredient on the label is sugar, even if it is organic, it is harmful to developing teeth and should be given in moderation.
4. False It is FAR better for kid’s teeth to suck down those drinks in one sitting rather than sip on them throughout the day. Continually bathing teeth in one form of sugar or another increases the risk of tooth decay dramatically.
5. False There is no need to be that extreme and remove all sugary foods like candy and starchy foods like crackers, but they are less harmful for their teeth when eaten at meal times. In between meals offer them healthy choices like fruits or vegetables.
6. True Healthy baby teeth are crucial to the proper development of permanent teeth, as well as for the health of the child because their dental health affects their overall health.
7. False When you bring your child to the dentists, kids usually have a much easier time if you don’t make a big deal out of it. Just make it like any other errand and they usually have a great experience at the dental office.
8. True The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children have their first dental visit prior to age one. Your dentist will screen for potential developmental and eating problems, serve as a great resource for their future dental health and let you know how to handle emergencies.
9. False Putting a child to bed with a bottle of milk or juice is one of the most harmful habits to kid’s teeth because the bacteria in their mouths combine with the sugars in those liquids to produce acids that cause tooth decay and the teeth can be exposed to those acids all night long. A better solution is to give them a pacifier or water when they head off to sleep.
10. False Even super smart loving parents can be misled because the American diet is filled with very appealing food and drink options for kids that cause much harm to their developing teeth. That is one big reason why tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of children in the US today.
Even as I dentist I am surprised to know that dental caries or tooth decay is still the most common chronic disease of children in the US today.
Yes, there are many factors that go into the development of tooth decay and dental caries, but the good news is, it is a 100 % preventable disease. One preventive measure that we want to celebrate because it has dramatically reduced the amount of decay seen in children by 18-40 % over the last 70 years is community water Fluoridation. The CDC and Prevention proclaims that community water Fluoridation is one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. Now I know that there is a lot of information online and it is easy for people to get misinformation, or get data that has been misconstrued, but study after study over the last 70 years have consistently shown this is a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay in children and adults. Community water Fluoridation is nothing more than precise adjustment of existing naturally occurring FL levels in drinking water to the optimum FL level recommended by the US Public Health service for the prevention of tooth decay. This level is .7-.12 ppm and Virginia Beach city water is almost exactly at .7ppm. This tiny little bit of FL has HUGE positive effect on the oral health of both children and adults.
Here at Bright Life Dentistry we would be happy to be a resource for you on Community Water Fluoridation or any other preventive dental health measure you are interested in because nothing make us smile more than knowing that dentistry and preventive dental measures improves the health of the people we are fortunate enough to serve every day.
We put alot of thought into selecting the best dental materials for all our patients. We strive to provide those we care for with products that have proven to be the healthiest, most beautiful and longest lasting ones available on the market. This is especially true for the little mouths in our practice! I am proud to say we use this Ultradent PBA-FREE dental sealant material here for the prevention of tooth decay in our children and yours. You have enough to focus on to keep them safe and healthy as they grow, we have this one covered for you!
How does your toothpaste stack up? I am often asked questions such as which tooth paste would I recommend? Or, Is brushing with baking soda ok for your teeth? Besides choosing a toothpsate that contains Flouride and that is ADA approved, one that also has a lower abrasivness is also important to find. This helpful list we found years ago will help you determine if your favorite toothpaste will be able keep your teeth healthy for years to come or if it time to switch to a paste that is much less abrasive on your tooth enamel. And low and behold, while baking soda alone does not have Fluoride that can prevent tooth decay, it is very gentle on tooth enamel.
To your health!
The toothpaste you are using may be wearing away the enamel and dentin on your teeth,
especially at the gumline! The use of “grit” in toothpaste is not unlike the use of grit on
sandpaper. The more grit, the more effective at removing stain and plaque. Unfortunately, a
significant downside is the destruction of tooth structure.
There is an abrasive index for toothpastes called the RDA Index. The higher the value, the more
abrasive it is. At or below 45 may be an acceptable balance between benefit and risk if you must
use toothpaste. Over 45 is a matter of how quickly the loss of tooth structure can occur based on
the RDA, frequency of use, type of toothbrush, and brushing technique. The most ideal
approach would be to NOT use toothpaste but rather dip your brush into a mouthwash. The next
best alternative would be to use only toothpowders or gels, which are typically less abrasive. If
you don’t know the RDA of your toothpaste, you can find out by using the consumer contact
information on the package or container. The following list gives the RDA index of just some of
the many toothpastes that exist today.
04 Toothbrush with plain water 91 Aquafresh Sensitive
07 Plain baking soda 93 Tom’s of Maine
15 Weleda Salt Toothpaste 94 Rembrandt Plus
30 Elmex Sensitive Plus 95 Oxyfresh with Fluoride
30 Weleda Plant Tooth Gel 95 Crest Regular
35 Arm & Hammer Dental Care 97 Oxyfresh Powder
40 Weleda Children’s Tooth Gel 101 Natural White
42 Arm & Hammer Advance Whitening/ Peroxide 103 Mentadent
44 Squiggle Enamel Saver 103 Arm & Hammer Sensation
45 Weleda Calendula Toothpaste 104 Sensodyne Extra Whitening
45 Weleda Pink Toothpaste with Ratanhia 106 Colgate Platinum
45 Oxyfresh 106 Arm & Hammer Advance White
48 Arm & Hammer Dental Care Sensitive 107 Crest Sensitivity Protection
49 Tom’s of Maine Sensitive 110 Colgate Herbal
52 Arm & Hammer Peroxicare Regular 110 Amway Glister
53 Rembrandt Original 113 Aquafresh Whitening
53 Closys 117 Arm & Hammer Advance White Gel
54 Arm & Hammer Dental Care PM Bold Mint 117 Arm & Hammer Sensation Tartar Control
57 Tom’s of Maine Childrens 120 Close Up with Baking Soda
62 Supersmile 124 Colgate Whitening
63 Rembrandt Mint 130 Crest Extra Whitening
68 Colgate Regular 133 Ultra Brite
70 Colgate Total 144 Crest Multicare Whitening
70 Arm & Hammer Advance White Sensitive 145 Ultra Brite Advanced Whitening Formula
70 Colgate 2-in-1 Fresh Mint 150 Pepsodent
78 Biotene 165 Colgate Tartar Control
79 Sensodyne 168 Arm & Hammer Dental Care PM Fresh Mint
80 AIM 176 Nature’s Gate Paste
80 Close Up 200 Colgate 2-in-1TartarControl/Whitening
82 Under the Gum or Icy Blast
83 Colgate Sensitive Max Strength 200 FDA recommended upper limit
87 Nature’s Gate 250 ADA recommended upper limit
Perioscript and Natural Dentist RDA levels were not available because the companies consider it to be proprietary
information. Epic, Young Living, Jason, and Peelu RDA levels are not available because the companies do not test them.
Credit for the above information goes to:
Ronald L. King, DDS Giang T. Pham, DDS St. Louis Park, MN
Attached is a link that explains how dentists and doctors get paid by putting the process in lamens terms. Wonderful article!
Do you sleep eight glorious hours and feel rejuvenated, ready to take on all opportunities and challenges of the day? Sleep related breathing disorders (SRBDs) such as mild snoring and sleep that is disrupted because a person stops breathing hundreds of times during the night is a major medical cause of poor sleep . When the airway becomes blocked during sleep and someone stops breathing for more than ten seconds, it is called an apneic episode. Symptoms of SRBDs include excessive sleepiness, impaired concentration and serious systemic diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, bronchitis and depression. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a type of breathing disorder that affects about twelve million Americans.
Surprisingly enough, we may be able to help you get the restful sleep you need. Most people see their dentist more routinely than their physician so, often, the signs and symptoms of OSA can be first detected during a dental exam. We can also diagnosis bruxism, a type of teeth grinding associated with disruptions in sleep patterns. Acid reflux is another common medical condition that affects the health of teeth and is often found in conjunction with sleep apnea. In my practice I’ve seen multiple instances where I’ve been able to help people overcome these issues.
Diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders is a complex task which must be made by a properly trained sleep physician and we can refer you to a great one! An all-night sleep study (a polysomnogram) at a sleep disorder clinic will be needed in order to obtain a proper diagnosis. Treatment decisions should be made as a “Sleep Medicine Team” with the sleep physician, the dentist and the patient. Since 1984, Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) devices have been used as the standard of care to treat sleep apnea patients. In recent years the American Academy of Sleep Medicine has begun advocating the use of small, custom fit dental device in patients with mild to moderate OSA. These dental devices can also be backup treatment options for patients on vacation or in case of CPAP machine breakdown or used in combination with them. We have training in this field can work with you and your physician to find the best possible solutions for you.
So how do you know if you may be at risk for a SRBD? There are some simple screening questions that you should consider. While it is possible to have these risk factors without sleep apnea, some common screening questions include: Do you snore? Do you have a large neck size or high blood pressure? Has someone witnessed you stop breathing during sleep? If you answered yes to even one of these questions, you should discuss the matter with one of your health care providers. Your life could depend on it! For a more detailed look at your sleep health, take our online “Epworth Sleepiness Evaluation” under FORMS on our home page or click http://brightlifedentistry.com/forms/
Our office provides many options for brightening your smile. A new product we have introduced is Opalescense treswhite whitening trays. In this video, Dr. Amos demonstrates how easy the trays are to use and gives step by step directions. Happy Whitening!
Dr. Amos demonstrating the use of the Diagnodent.The Diagnodent® Laser is used as a detecting device for cavities. The advanced laser can detect decay earlier than more conventional methods, such as x-rays.
Everyone should learn how to use an Epipen. It is so simple to use and could save yours and/or someone else's life.
In this video we demonstrate how to use the EpiPen for injecting epinephrine when treating anaphylactic reactions.
I have been taking a very informal survey recently in regards to how people feel about their front teeth. Would you like to take part in it? The question is... How much money would you have to be paid in order to allow me to pull one of your upper front teeth? Non of the people I surveryed could come up with an amount! Modern dentistry can do so much to restore teeth to their original state or even improve on it, but nothing beats a natural healthy smile. It is priceless!
It's cold and flu season again and when you're on the mend be sure to change your toothbrush. Normally you should change your toothbrush every three months, but changing it right after a cold will help keep you from getting reinfected. If you just happened to change your brush right before a cold and want to keep using it afterwards - here's a little trick to save some money. Send your brush through the diswasher! It will be nearly as good as new and freshly disinfected.
This week while seeing a patient for an examination during their six month recare visit with our hygienist Karen, I asked the patient how they kept their mouth in such great shape. (Doesn’t everyone wish their dentist would say that to them?) Our patient said in response that he stayed away from donuts. I asked him what they meant by that. He replied that he knew that sugar causes tooth decay and he did not want that, so he limited his treats to twice a year -once every six months on the same day he has his cleaning appointment. While most of us don’t exercise the same incredible discipline with our sugar intake, I am curious how many people really understand that tooth decay (cavities) is certainly related to our diet. As my patient reminded me this week, less sugar = less tooth decay!
Recently, my friend and I made plans to get together for lunch as soon as she left her physician’s office. She scheduled the appointment because she was experiencing ear pain and headaches that had lasted for several days. The first thing she said to me when we met was “You aren’t going to believe this. They told me I have TMJ and that I should see a dentist as soon as possible. I told my doctor I was on my way to meet one for lunch!” We spent much of lunch discussing her symptoms and why having a dentist examine her could help her get the treatment she needs in order to make her comfortable. In practice, I continually find that patients must have harmony between their teeth, jaws joints (TMJs) and the muscles of the chewing system because when there is an imbalance, it is the weakest link that goes. Women are eight times more likely to have muscle pain in this area and while there may be multiple factors causing her ear pain and headaches, a comprehensive dental exam will help her find out why she is so uncomfortable and what can be done to restore harmony and comfort.
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