The Toddler and The Toothbrush: Three Steps to Developing Healthy Dental Hygiene for Your Toddler

 

With my toothless 7-month old son already exhibiting copious amounts of free will, I fear the battle that is getting a toddler to brush their teeth. I decided to prepare now. My advice to others with wildly sweet yet wildly powerful babies is summarized in three suggestions: 1) start early, 2) create a routine, and 3) make it fun.

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Should I Use an Electric or Regular Toothbrush?

Updated August 19, 2016

There are a million types of toothbrushes out there! What kind should I get? Do I get one with soft bristles? How about medium bristles? Do I choose a small head or a large head? Do I go big and purchase an electric toothbrush or stick to the old-fashioned kind? What about cost? How does it play into the equation? Does an expensive toothbrush mean it cleans my teeth better? There are so many decisions; it can be overwhelming!

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11 Foods That Are Hurting Your Teeth

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry estimates that Americans spend $2.75 billion annually on cosmetic dentistry, but how many people actually know how to protect their investment?

Did your parents ever warn you about eating taffy or candy apples, describing in lurid terms what those foods might do to your fillings? Those sticky candies aren't the only things that are ruining your beautiful smile and causing you to spend more time in a dentist chair. There's a long list of foods that aren't good for your teeth, and some of them might surprise you.

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What Does it Take to Become a Dentist?

Updated August 19, 2016

Do you remember in elementary and middle school getting asked the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up”? Did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up or were you at a loss? Heck, I bet a lot of us still do not know what we want to be when we “grow up.” If you are unaware at this time what you want to do when you graduate high school, don’t fret. There are plenty of real professions out there to choose from, and dentistry is one of them. If you are at all interested in the sciences, dentistry could be a great option for you.

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The Hardest Biological Material Ever Found: Snail Teeth

Oops. You just bit down too hard on a jawbreaker, and now you need to find a dentist. Wouldn't it be nice if your teeth were stronger? Believe it or not, it's time to start being envious of snails. Scientists have recently discovered that sea snails of one variety, called limpets, have the hardest teeth of any known organism. In fact, their teeth are the strongest known biological substance ever! Do you want to learn more about this exciting scientific discovery and what it might eventually mean for you and your own teeth?

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Do Animals Really Need Dental Work?

Updated August 17, 2016

Your pet is many things to you. He/she is your snuggle companion, your confidant, your walking partner, and a forever friend. You want your pets’ teeth and smile to be clean and bright for many days to come. Pets and animals need their teeth cared for just as humans do. If they are not treated correctly, they can have some of the same problems that humans experience, such as pain, decay, cavities, and tooth loss. Periodontal disease in a pet is common and if not corrected in time, can lead to worsening problems with their teeth and oral structures as the animal ages.

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Why Is My Tongue White?

Updated August 19, 2016

Is your tongue white? Does it have a burning sensation? Is your tongue sore and does it hurt to move it? If so, you may have something wrong. The best thing you can do is to make an appointment and see your dentist to make sure there isn’t anything wrong with your health.

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Don’t Let Tooth Enamel Erosion Destroy Your Teeth

We all love sugary snacks and fizzy sodas. But did you know that they erode your tooth enamel? Keep teeth healthy with a balanced diet and regular brushing.

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Tooth Metaphors and Their Origins

You may not put a lot of thought into your teeth if you're not brushing, flossing, or heading to the dentist, but they're an essential part of your anatomy and accomplish many different functions. In fact, teeth are so important and such a universal concept that they play a significant role in many common metaphors and phrases. If you think about it, you might find that you make many references to teeth that have nothing to do with your mouth at all.

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The Truth about Gummy Vitamins and Your Teeth

Updated August 19, 2016

Nowadays it is difficult to make sure your child is getting a healthy, nutritious meal. With parents so busy and kids in so many activities, sometimes it is hard to make a home cooked meal. When you are at home, you have to rely on boxed or prepackaged foods, which are not always a healthy option. When you are away from home, unfortunately, you have to have the kids eat fast food. Of course, they like this option, but you do not.

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