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What is Fluoride and why is it beneficial to your teeth?

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Overview

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the oceans. Research has shown that fluoride not only reduces cavities in children and adults, but it also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay, even before the decay is visible. Fluoride is the best cavity fighter to help keep the whole family’s teeth strong — no matter their ages.

How Does FLUORIDE Strengthen Your Teeth?

When it reaches your teeth, fluoride is absorbed into the enamel. It helps to repair the enamel by replenishing the lost calcium and phosphorous to keep your teeth hard. This process is caused remineralization. When fluoride is present during remineralization, the minerals deposited into the tooth enamel help strengthen your teeth and prevent dissolution during the next demineralization phase. Thus, fluoride helps stop the decay process and prevent tooth decay.

When Is Fluoride Intake Most Critical?

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It is certainly important for infants and children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years to be exposed to fluoride. This is the timeframe during which the primary and permanent teeth come in. However, adults benefit from fluoride, too. New research indicates that topical fluoride — from toothpastes, mouth rinses, and fluoride treatments — are as important in fighting tooth decay as in strengthening developing teeth.

What is Fluoride Varnish?

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Fluoride varnish is a dental treatment that can help prevent tooth decay, slow it down, or stop it from getting worse. Fluoride varnish is made with fluoride, a mineral that can strengthen tooth enamel (outer coating on teeth).

Keep in mind that fluoride varnish treatments cannot completely prevent cavities. Fluoride varnish treatments can best help prevent decay when a child is also brushing using the right amount of toothpaste with fluoride, flossing regularly, getting regular dental care, and eating a healthy diet.  

Is Fluoride Varnish Safe?

Fluoride varnish is safe and used by dentists and doctors all over the world to help prevent tooth decay in children. Only a small amount is used. It is quickly applied and hardens. Then it is brushed off after 4 to 12 hours.  Most children like the taste. 

How is Fluoride Varnish Put on the Teeth?

Fluoride varnish is painted on the top and sides of each tooth with a small brush. It is sticky but hardens once it comes in contact with saliva. Your child may feel the hardened varnish with his tongue but will not be able to lick the varnish off.  It does not hurt when the varnish is applied.

Tip For Parents

Only allow kids to brush their own teeth once they can tie their shoes. Kids simply don’t have the dexterity yet to hit every tooth surface properly until they’re able to tie their shoes.

In the meantime let your little one brush before or after you have been able to brush all their teeth for them.

Tricks for dealing with Halloween Treats

Children’s Halloween dream — to get lots of candy — can be their parents’ nightmare. But pediatric dental experts say Halloween can be a time to teach your children good oral health habits for life, without depriving them of Halloween treats (think moderation). Here are680x400-Halloween-kids their five best tricks for healthy teeth.

Halloween Candy vs. Cavities: Don’t Make Kids Choose

Don’t deny your children the Halloween experience. That can send the entirely wrong message — deprivation — and make candy seem even more irresistible, leading to other problems. They may end up sneaking sweets or eating too much candy once they’re out on their own. Instead, let them have the joy of Halloween in all its sticky goodness and the experience of going to a party or trick-or-treating.

After your children get back from trick-or-treating or a party, go through their bags of Halloween candy together. Tell them to each pick the 10 or so (whatever number you decide, based on factors such as age) treats they want the most.

Get the unpicked treats out of sight. You can donate them to a food bank or freeze them if you can’t bear to throw them out.

This can also be a good time to teach (or remind) children that it isn’t just excess sugar that can lead to cavities. Snacks such as pretzels, with starches that stay in the mouth longer, can also lead to cavities, as can fruit juices.

Letting children help decide what is a reasonable amount of candy to keep has benefits beyond good oral Health. The message isn’t “candy is bad,” but that candy and other sweets, in excess, can lead to cavities. Children learn two important lessons:pumpkin candy

  • How to control their diets
  • That what they eat relates to oral health, not just physical health

Preventing Cavities in Children: Set a Treat Time

With your child, set a time of day to eat Halloween candy. This ritual “treat time” may last for a short time after Halloween and help promote healthy thinking about treats:

  • Children learn that eating sweets shouldn’t be an all-day feast. Moderation is key.
  • Knowing they have a specific sweet time can help make children less inclined to think about eating sweets at other times of the day.
  • Be sure to brush after!pumpkin teeth

 

Work Cited:

Kathleen Dohenyhttp://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/5-tricks-for-dealing-with-halloween-treats#1 accessed 9-19-17

How to maintain good oral hygiene this Spring & Summer

Summer is a few months away in Connecticut and you know what that means!beach.summer.

It’s hard to imagine that spring is here and summer is on it’s way, but before you know it-The kids will be out of school and summer activities will begin! Dr. Edmonstone’s office in Old Saybrook, Connecticut have some helpful tips and advice to help keep your child’s teeth healthy this Spring/Summer and and all year long! Accidents are bound to happen and taking precaution and fast action can make or break your summer if a dental emergency arises.

  • Athletic kids may suffer from unusual tooth wear and should see their dentist on a regular basis.
  • Custom fitted mouth guards are great for kids who take part in contact and non-contact sports such as little league baseball, soccer, football, basketball and even tennis.
  • Seek emergency dental treatment immediately if a tooth is knocked loose or falls out.
  • Make sure your kids are not skipping their brushing and flossing routines. They may forget since they no longer have a regular “school routine” in place.
  • Try to skip out on as many sugary snacks as possible this summer. Studies show that frequent snacking on sugary sweets can cause an increase in cavities. Check out our snacking guide below to help you and your children make the best choices when it comes to snacking.

Snack Guide

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Best Snacks:
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Raw Veggies
  • Milk
  • Nuts
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Unsweetened fruit juice
  • Wheat crackers
  • popcorn
Okay On Occasion Snacks:
  • Chocolate
  • Oatmeal or Butter Cookies
  • Ice Cream
  • Raisins
Unhealthy Snacks: 
-The items listed below should be avoided or only be given as “Treats” on occasion, and should always be apart of a good Brushing/Flossing routine at home-
  • Soda, cola
  • Dried Fruits
  • Granola Bars
  • Sticky Candy
  • Potato Chips
  • Fruit Rollups
  • Sandwich cookies
  • Presweetened cereals

Dr. Edmonstone and his staff are committed to providing the best dental care for your Children. We have a wonderful team of qualified dental professionals who will create a positive experience for you and your children. Please call us today  at (860) 388-0142 to schedule your cleaning appointment before the new school year starts! Enjoy your Summer!summer kids pic            Website accessed 6/12/17 11:20am http://www.abcdentalmissouri.com/your-kids-teeth-and-summer/

5 Tricks for Dealing with Halloween Treats

children halloweenPediatric dental experts say Halloween can be a time to teach your children good oral health habits for life, without depriving them of Halloween treats (think moderation). Here are their five best tricks for healthy teeth.

Halloween Candy vs. Cavities: Don’t Make Kids Choose

Don’t deny your children the Halloween experience. That can send the entirely wrong message — deprivation — and make candy seem even more irresistible, leading to other problems. They may end up sneaking sweets or eating too much candy once they’re out on their own. Instead, let them have the joy of Halloween in all its sticky goodness and the experience of going to a party or trick-or-treating.

After your children get back from trick-or-treating or a party, go through their bags of Halloween candy together. Tell them to each pick the 10 or so (whatever number you decide, based on factors such as age) treats they want the most.

Get the unpicked treats out of sight. You can donate them to a food bank or freeze them if you can’t bear to throw them out.

This can also be a good time to teach (or remind) children that it isn’t just excess sugar that can lead to cavities. Snacks such as pretzels, with starches that stay in the mouth longer, can also lead to cavities, as can fruit juices.

Letting children help decide what is a reasonable amount of candy to keep has benefits beyond good oral health. The message isn’t “candy is bad,” but that candy and other sweets, in excess, can lead to cavities. Children learn two important lessons:

  • How to control their diets
  • That what they eat relates to oral health, not just physical health

Preventing Cavities in Children: Set a Treat Time

With your child, set a time of day to eat Halloween candy. This ritual “treat time” may last for a short time after Halloween and help promote healthy thinking about treats:

  • Children learn that eating sweets shouldn’t be an all-day feast. Moderation is key.
  • Knowing they have a specific sweet time can help make children less inclined to think about eating sweets at other times of the day.
  • Be sure to brush after!

halloween Poster

 

Work Cited:

Kathleen Dohenyhttp://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/5-tricks-for-dealing-with-halloween-treats#1 accessed 9-19-17

 

Your Kids Teeth and Summer

beach.summer.Summer is a few months away in Connecticut and you know what that means!

It’s hard to imagine that spring is here and summer is on it’s way, but before you know it-The kids will be out of school and summer activities will begin! Dr. Edmonstone’s office in Old Saybrook, Connecticut have some helpful tips and advice to help keep your child’s teeth healthy this Spring/Summer and and all year long! Accidents are bound to happen and taking precaution and fast action can make or break your summer if a dental emergency arises.

  • Athletic kids may suffer from unusual tooth wear and should see their dentist on a regular basis.
  • Custom fitted mouth guards are great for kids who take part in contact and non-contact sports such as little league baseball, soccer, football, basketball and even tennis.
  • Seek emergency dental treatment immediately if a tooth is knocked loose or falls out.
  • Make sure your kids are not skipping their brushing and flossing routines. They may forget since they no longer have a regular “school routine” in place.
  • Try to skip out on as many sugary snacks as possible this summer. Studies show that frequent snacking on sugary sweets can cause an increase in cavities. Check out our snacking guide below to help you and your children make the best choices when it comes to snacking.

SNACK CHART watermelon

Great Snacks

  • Fresh Fruit
  • Raw Veggies
  • Milk
  • Nuts
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Unsweetened fruit juice
  • Wheat crackers
  • popcorn

Okay On Occasion Snacks

  • Chocolate
  • Oatmeal or Butter Cookies
  • Ice Cream
  • Raisins

Unhealthy Snacks

  • Soda, cola
  • Dried Fruits
  • Granola Bars
  • Sticky Candy
  • Potato Chips
  • Fruit Rollups
  • Sandwich cookies
  • Presweetened cereals

Dr. Edmonstone and his staff are committed to providing the best dental care for your Children. We have a wonderful team of qualified dental professionals who will create a positive experience for you and your children. Please call us today  at (860) 388-0142 to schedule your cleaning appointment before the new school year starts! Enjoy your Summer!

summer kids pic

 

 

 

 

 

 

Website accessed 6/12/17 11:20am http://www.abcdentalmissouri.com/your-kids-teeth-and-summer/

 

Dental Care and Pregnancy

It’s important for you to take good care of your teeth and gums while pregnant. Pregnancy pregnant-woman-3causes hormonal changes that increase the risk of developing gum disease which, in turn, can affect the health of your developing baby.

Below are some tips to help you maintain good oral health before, during, and after pregnancy.pregnant-image

Before You Get Pregnant

Try to make a dental appointment before getting pregnant. That way, your teeth can be professionally cleaned, gum tissue can be carefully examined, and any oral health problems can be treated in advance of your pregnancy.

Dental Care While Pregnant

  • Tell your dentist (and doctor) if you are pregnant. Routine dental care can be done any time during pregnancy.  Any urgent procedure can be done, as well. All elective dental procedures, however, should be postponed until after the delivery. Before you have your dental appointment, check with your obstetrician to see if she has any special precautions/instructions for you.
  • Tell your dentist the names and dosages of all drugs you are taking – including medications and prenatal vitamins prescribed by your doctor – as well as any specific medical advice your doctor has given you. Your dentist may need to alter your dental treatment plan based on this information.
  •  Dental X-rays can be done during pregnancy. Your dentist will use extreme caution to safeguard you and your baby, such as shielding your abdomen and thyroid.  Advances in technology have made X-rays much safer today than in past decades.
  • Don’t skip your dental checkup appointment simply because you are pregnant. Now more than any other time, regular periodontal (gum) exams are very important, because pregnancy causes hormonal changes that put you at increased risk for periodontal disease and for tender gums that bleed easily – a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. Pay particular attention to any changes in your gums during pregnancy. If tenderness, bleeding or gum swelling occurs at any time during your pregnancy, talk with your dentist or periodontist as soon as possible.
  • Follow good oral hygiene practices to prevent and/or reduce oral health problems.

Coping With Morning Sickness

  • If morning sickness is keeping you from brushing your teeth, change to a bland-tasting toothpaste during pregnancy. Ask your dentist or hygienist to recommend brands.
  • Rinse your mouth out with water or a mouth rinse if you suffer from morning sickness and have bouts of frequent vomiting.

Sources: 11/22/16 http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/dental-care-pregnancy#1

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Photo #2 www.Medindia.net

 

 

Halloween Oral Hygiene: Keeping your Child’s Smile Healthy

Halloween night is the perfect time to talk with your kids about why taking care of their teeth is pumpkin candyimportant. Your friends at Dr. Edmonstone’s  Pediatric Dental Office want to help you protect your kids from something even scarier than zombies, ghosts and goblins this Halloween. There’s something even more bone-chilling and it’s called tooth decay!

The best way to avoid any truly tricky consequences in the aftermath of Halloween is not to consume any candy at all.  However, we know that’s highly unlikely, so below you will find  a Halloween candy guide to help protect your kids from tooth decay and thereby ensure their optimal oral health for life:

Below is a listing from most harmful to the safest treats your kids should be choosing from their best worst candytrick-or-treat bag:

Sour Power – Sour candies are the absolute worst in that studies have revealed that the acids in sour candies are so destructive because they dissolve enamel on contact!

Hardly Harmless – Hard candy needs to be sucked on for an extended period of time and very chewy candies are harmful in that they get stuck between the teeth. Both hard and chewy candy allow bacteria to wreak havoc on your child’s teeth for a much longer period of time.

Resist Raisins – Don’t be fooled by their natural derivative. Raisins easily damage dental work because they are very sticky and do not mix well with fillings, braces or retainers.

Candy Bars Get Four Stars – While we can’t say candy bars are good for your oral health, they are less harmful because they are eaten quickly allowing less time for the sugar to damage with acid.

Dissolve Your Worry – Powder candy is fairly safe as the sugar dissolves quickly and makes little contact with the teeth.

Eat Two or Three if They’re Sugar Free – As obvious as it seems, sugar-free candy is the most highly recommended Halloween treat for your children’s teeth. You can even prevent cavities by chewing sugar free gum! Sugar free gum promotes increased saliva which neutralizes harmful bacteria.

If your little monsters will be in need a routine dental cleaning after Halloween give us a call and book an appointment today!

Halloween Candy Donations– Did your child receive more than enough candy this year while trick or treating? At Dr. Edmonstones Office we are accepting any wrapped Halloween candy that you would like to donate to the local food bank. Any candy donations are appreciated and we will deliver the candy to the food bank for you!

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Sources:

http://www.knowyourotcs.org/tool/halloween-and-your-childs-teeth/

http://www.risedental.com/blog/halloween-oral-hygiene/