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How Snacks Affect Your Kid's Teeth

March 30th, 2018

kids teeth snacks

One of the biggest challenges that parents face it stopping their kids snacking on treats that can damage their teeth. Candies, cakes, cookies, sodas, and other sugary snacks affect kid’s teeth by causing tooth decay.

However, rather than ban tasty treats for your children, you can teach them healthy alternatives to sugary treats. This will mean less unnecessary visits to the dentist for your children.

More fruit and veg

One way to improve your kid’s dental health and health in general, is to swap fruit for carb-heavy snacks. Some of the best teeth-friendly fruits for snacking on are apples, pears, and melon. You can also try cucumbers as a tasty low-sugar vegetable snack.

Cheese

Kids love cheese and cheddar cheese or Swiss cheese are excellent sources of calcium. Cheese also stimulates saliva which can help to get rid of bacteria in the mouth naturally.

Serve treats at mealtime

You can help to limit the damage that carbs and sugary treats do to your kid’s teeth by serving them after a meal. Eating a meal stimulates saliva and this can help to wash away any debris from the teeth that can form bacteria.

Avoid sticky treats

Even many “healthy” or natural options can still have a lot of sugar and damage your kid’s teeth if they are sticky. So, avoid raisins, dried figs, honey, or syrup. Although some of these treats have health benefits, they can damage teeth if you don’t brush their teeth immediately after chewing on them.

What is Covered by Dental Insurance?

March 17th, 2018

Dental insurance can help to reduce the cost of dental treatment and help your care for your oral health better. Apart from including preventative dentistry, most dental insurance policies include part of the cost of emergency dental work. However, it can sometimes be difficult to know what exactly dental insurance covers.

In this article, you will find out the basics of what a standard dental insurance plan covers.

What dental insurance covers

For most people, the most cost-effective dental insurance plan is the 100-80-50 plan. This covers basic dental care as well as part of the cost of other dental procedures.

Preventative care

Your dental plan should cover all of the cost for 2 routine checkups a year including cleanings. This can help keep your teeth in good care and also spot any potential dental problems before they develop.

Basic treatment

If you need to get tooth cavities filled or have a root canal done, a good basic dental insurance plan should cover about 80% of the total cost.

Major dental work

Sometimes, your dentist will recommend major dental work like getting crowns or bridges fitted. In these cases, a basic dental insurance package should cover half of the costs.

It’s also important to remember with dental insurance that in most cases you will have to pay a deductible. However, for most people, the overall cost of dental insurance is more cost effective than paying for all dental work.

Speak to your local dentist about which is the best type of dental insurance that will cover your needs.

How Seniors Can Keep Their Mouth Healthy

March 3rd, 2018

As we get older, it becomes even more important to care for dental health. Sometimes, keeping up with good dental hygiene practices can be a challenge for seniors. For example, arthritis can make gripping a toothbrush a challenge and it may be even harder to floss regularly.

How can older people take care of their dental hygiene and enjoy good oral health in old age? Here are our top tips for seniors to keep their mouths healthy.

Brushing

Brush at least twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride. If holding a toothbrush is a challenge, then you should invest in an electric toothbrush. Flossing is also necessary once a day.

Regular dental appointments

It is just as important for seniors to schedule dental checkups as younger people. During the checkup, your dentist will look for any changes in your mouth, check for signs of tooth decay, and look for loose teeth.

You should also speak with your dentist if you’ve noticed any changes in your mouth. This could be things like difficulty swallowing, loss of taste, or problems chewing.

Dentures

It’s important to care properly for dentures if you wear them. Usually, this requires removing them after eating and rinsing any leftover food from them.

You should remove dentures at night time and soak them overnight to help them keep their shape. You also need to clean your false teeth once a day to keep them looking good and remove any bacteria from them.

If you notice that your dentures have become loose, you should speak to your local dentist about it.

 

Is Dental Work Safe During Pregnancy?

February 16th, 2018

Most obstetricians say that dental work is generally safe during pregnancy. Hormonal changes in pregnancy can mean that you are at greater risk of developing gum disease which can affect your baby’s health. What should you know about dental work during pregnancy?

Dental health and pregnancy

According to a report published in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research, pregnancy can impact on oral health. For example, pregnancy can make existing gum disease worse. Also, morning sickness can erode the protective enamel of the teeth. Doctors advise that routine dental care can be done at any time during pregnancy.[1]

Depending on the type of treatment, some doctors recommend that certain procedures are carried out after the end of the first trimester. However, you should postpone all elective dental procedure until after the delivery.

If you have a scheduled appointment with your dentist while you are pregnant, you should stick to your appointment. Tell your dentist about any medications that you are taking and at what stage of pregnancy you are at. X-rays are also possible during pregnancy due to advances in X-ray technology.

You should also care regularly for your oral health during pregnancy to reduce unnecessary visits to the dentist. For example, if you suffer from frequent morning sickness, you should rinse your mouth out with water to prevent acid affect your enamel.

J Clin Diagn Res. 2013 May; 7(5): 948–953.

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