Teach Your Children about Dental Health with the Tooth Fairy

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Parents have the role of keeping their children healthy and happy. When it comes to dental health, the Tooth Fairy is an exciting approach to introducing your child to oral hygiene.

Most toddlers have a complete set of teeth when they are about two years. By the time they are turning five or six, baby teeth start to loosen and fall off giving way to permanent teeth. It’s vital to cultivate a dental hygiene routine during this period

What Is the Tooth Fairy?

Many parents from various cultures take the loss of their children’s baby teeth as a rite of passage. They want to make it a smooth experience.

The Tooth Fairy is folklore adopted in many civilizations. It advises children to place each lost baby tooth under their pillow when going to bed.

As they sleep, the Tooth Fairy (usually the child’s parent or guardian) visits and takes it for a cash reward. The average American the Tooth Fairy payout is $3.70, according to research.

Clean Teeth Under the Pillow

For infants, wipe their teeth with a gauze square or clean cloth. Teach your child to brush by age two or three. Let them use a child’s toothbrush with a pea-sized dab of toothpaste. They can remove plaque with fine back and forth strokes. Help them to brush the areas they miss and rinse the mouth thoroughly.

As your kids grow older, teach them these dental care practices.

  • Brushing the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of each tooth
  • Brushing the tongue gently to remove debris
  • Flossing between teeth

Reward your children for upholding good oral hygiene.

Professional Pediatric Dental Care

Ensure your children understand the importance of dental health at a tender age. Take them to a pediatric dentist for checkups regularly. They will less likely develop dental-phobia or tooth complications in the future.

At Cherrywood Dental Associates, we can offer excellent pediatric dental services to your child for a beautiful smile.

Book an appointment with us and enjoy free dental examination.

Manage Symptoms of Diabetes to Increase Your Oral Health
Portrait of a smiling, blonde woman. with diabetes

Portrait of a smiling, blonde woman.

Diabetes, though generally considered a blood disorder, has symptoms that affect the entire body. The teeth and mouth are no exception. At Cherrywood Dental Associates, we care about helping our patients learn about the links between general health and oral health. Further, we are always available to answer any questions you may have about the various effects it can have on your oral health and what to do about them.

How Can Diabetes Affect My Oral Health?

Diabetes can increase the risk of a number of oral health problems. Some of the common oral health problems that may be associated with diabetes include:

  • Excessive buildup of bacteria correlated with cavities
  • Oral thrush, a type of yeast infection that is found in the mouth
  • An increased risk of gingivitis, periodontal disease, and other types of gum disease
  • Chronic dry mouth, which may be uncomfortable and can increase your risk of cavities

Decrease Risk of Oral Health Problems Related to Diabetes?

As with any major health problem, it is a good idea to inform your dentist that you have diabetes. This makes it easier for your dentist to determine the most likely cause of an increased level of bacteria, gum disease, or other oral health irregularities. Caring for your teeth properly is even more important if you have this disease or another underlying health problem. Patients with other known problems that affect oral health should take extra care to brush, floss, use fluoride rinses, and visit their dentist regularly to minimize the effects it can have on oral health.

Learn More About Managing Diabetes to Increase Oral Health

At Cherrywood Dental Associates, we care about helping our patients understand the ways in which certain health problems can affect the mouth and teeth. Indeed, contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment!

Fluoride: Your Teeth’s Best Friend

Most people have heard of fluoride and associate the powerful mineral with a trip to the dentist’s office. However, many don’t understand what fluoride is, where it can be found, and how it benefits our teeth. Here is a quick overview of how a simple mineral with significant cavity-fighting powers can benefit our teeth as well as our overall health!

fluoride toothpaste on a toothbrush

 

What is Fluoride?

The American Dental Association identifies fluoride as a natural mineral that helps to prevent cavities. While the mineral occurs naturally in several foods, it’s commonly used as a staple ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwash. Its ability to strengthen tooth enamel makes it an important part of oral health.

 

How Can Fluoride Benefit My Teeth?

Cavities are one of the most common dental problems, and consistently providing your teeth with an adequate amount of fluoride is one of the best ways to prevent cavities. Cavities occur because of weakened enamel. However, fluoride’s ability to strengthen enamel greatly improves overall oral health and fights the corrosion of teeth.

Fluoride’s cavity-fighting powers benefit both children and adults. The mineral’s systemic benefit sets teeth up for success before they break through the gums by strengthening the new teeth and making it easier for them to resist decay once they come through the gums, and fluoride’s topical benefit strengthens teeth that have begun to weaken over time.

 

What are Some Common Sources of Fluoride?

As a natural mineral, fluoride occurs in several of the foods we consume. Some foods and drinks rich in the mineral include:

  • Potatoes
  • Crab
  • Tea
  • Wine
  • Most water sources also contain significant natural fluoride

Other sources include:

  • Most types of toothpaste and mouthwash
  • Professional fluoride treatments
  • Fluoride supplements–generally recommended for children whose water sources do not provide adequate fluoride

 

At Cherrywood Dental Associates, we care about educating our patients on the most effective ways to care for their teeth. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment!

Sleep Apnea: How it Affects Your Teeth

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Sleep apnea is a serious condition where a person doesn’t breathe properly while they slumber. This results in periods of not breathing at all, which is not only unhealthy for the brain or heart but unhealthy on a person’s oral health.

If you suffer from sleep apnea, you need to let your dentist know. Here are some ways sleep apnea affects your oral health.

Teeth grinding

Many people who have sleep apnea also grind their teeth in their sleep. This is the result of the stress on the body as it struggles to restore oxygen levels.

When you’re a chronic tooth grinder, you wear down your tooth enamel by chipping, cracking, or actively breaking your teeth. You also put your jaw at risk with the constant pressure you put on these bones.

Acid Reflux

Acid reflux can be common in some people who have sleep apnea, particularly patients who are overweight. During rest, the stomach acids for digesting foods comes into the back of the throat and enters the mouth, eroding the dental tissue as a result. People with serious acid reflux often show signs of tooth damage on the backs of teeth where the acids are most prevalent.

Dental Alignment

Clenching the teeth tightly during sleep can cause the teeth to align poorly, which results in jaw pain, difficulty chewing, or even a locking jaw effect during waking hours.

Dental Intervention

Luckily, there are things your dentist can do to help keep your mouth healthy even if you are a chronic sleep apnea sufferer. Special mouth guards can be prescribed to help protect your teeth against grinding and clenching activities. Prescription toothpaste and remineralization treatments can also be done to help restore tooth enamel damaged by acid reflux.

If you have sleep apnea, notify your dentist. Even if you don’t feel you have any dental issues related to your sleeping condition, your teeth should be examined and given special care. Our dental team at Cherrywood Dental Associates are here to serve you; contact us today for a consultation.

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