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Keeping Your Baby’s Smile Healthy Throughout the Year

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

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The beginning of 2014 didn’t just mark a fresh start for you, it was one for your youngster as well. As a number of studies have indicated, taking care of teeth and gums starts at a young age. The health of primary (baby) teeth often dictates the future health of adult teeth. That means for your little bundle of joy, it’s best to know what to do to keep them nothing but smiles.

Cleanings at home
Many parents don’t realize that oral hygiene for babies starts as soon as they’re born. Even if they don’t have teeth yet, parents should use a clean, damp washcloth to wipe their gums clean after each feeding. Once their teeth appear, toddlers should be taught to hold a toothbrush, but brush for them twice a day with water – no toothpaste is needed. Keep an eye out for long-lasting bad breath, as it could signal an underlying condition.

Visit the dentist by age 1
Similar to the daily cleanings, a staggering 97 percent of parents were unaware that infants should visit a dentist during their first year of life, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPA). Bring your child to the dental office when he or she is between 3 and 9 months, which is typically when the first tooth erupts. If you want to set a date, AAPA recommends that a child should have their first appointment within six months of developing their first tooth.

This is important for several reasons. First, it helps familiarize your child with the dentist and dental office environment. It can also be helpful for a parent to learn new tips. Although you’ve been brushing and flossing your entire life, keeping your infant’s mouth clean demands a different set of skills. Don’t hesitate to ask your dentist to give you a demonstration. Practicing good oral health for kids starts with parents. Lastly, it kickstarts the habit of visiting the dentist every six months.

Nutrition
What you feed your baby can be just as crucial as dental visits. It’s important not to send children to bed with a bottle of juice or milk. Both beverages contain sugar that can wear away teeth when left for long periods of time, such as during nap times or overnight. Plus, you don’t want to add to their morning breath!

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Dentist Tops News & World Report’s 2014 Best Jobs List

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

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You might want to teach your kid how to wield a dental probe.

According to U.S. News & World Report’s 100 Best Jobs of 2014, dentist and dental hygienist are among the top 10 occupations in the country. Dentist came in at No. 3, the highest ranking health care-related career, while dental hygienist was No. 10.

Today, careers in health care and information technology are the go-tos when it comes to gainful employment. Tech jobs jumped up into the top two slots on the list – software developer is No. 1, followed by computer systems analyst.

Dentist, last year’s top occupation on the list, fell two spots, but dental practitioners aren’t complaining. On average, they make a salary of $145,240, and employment is expected to grow 33.3 percent by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Occupations are calculated based on several components, including 10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, employment rate, median salary, job prospects, stress level and work-life balance. These factors are then combined into a single weighted average score between zero and 10.

The demand for dental professionals is not going away, the report points out. If anything, more people want brighter smiles, looking for teeth whitening options and ways around oral health problems such as cavities, dry mouth and bad breath.

“A comfortable salary, low unemployment rate and agreeable work-life balance boost dentist to the No. 3 position on our list of Best Jobs of 2014,” said the report in U.S. News.

In the rankings, dentist was followed by nurse practitioner, pharmacist, registered nurse, physical therapist and physician pharmacist. As a whole, the outlook for health care professionals is exceedingly strong. Of the 100 jobs covered in the report, a total of 38 were in the sector.

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America and the Dental Divide

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

37982_4441For many people, planning a routine visit to the dentist may not be the most fun, but it is an important step to maintaining a healthy mouth. Unfortunately, not everyone has the resources to get semiannual cleanings to protect against the need for cavity treatmentsdental plaque buildup, gum disease and tooth decay. According to a recent research report released by the American Dental Association, the number of people that had to visit the emergency room due to dental problems nearly doubled within a decade in the United States. A new analysis of 2010 data from the ADA Healthy Policy Resources Center based on U.S. Census Data and Medical Expenditure Panel Survey found that 181 million Americans didn’t visit the dentist during that year. This likely plays a major role in the fact that nearly 50 percent of adults over the age of 30 suffer from some form of gum disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Increased ER visits from dental issues
Based on statistics from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, ER visits due to dental issues grew from 1.1 million in 2000 to 2.1 million in 2010. This means that dental-related visits increased from 1.06 percent to 1.65 percent of all ER visits. While there are many reasons why people don’t make appointments with the dentist, one of the major issues is an individual’s lack of dental insurance. According to the study, young adults between the ages of 21 and 34 are the main demographic responsible for the increase in visits to the emergency room because many people in that age bracket don’t have access to a dental provider.

The nonprofit organization, Community Catalyst, has been urging for a mid-level position that could help improve the amount of care available to patients. Since roughly 130 million Americans don’t have access to dental insurance, dental therapists could provide similar care that nurses or physician assistants perform at a doctor’s office without a patient needing coverage. Unfortunately, many dentists oppose this new position and there are only a few states that authorize dental therapists. People in this position could provide preventive measures, but not cavity treatments that are available from licensed dentists only.

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Canker sores in children can be a pain

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Child brushing teethGetting canker sores is a real pain in the butt! And for little kids, they can be painful – making drinking, eating and even brushing teeth a difficult task. One in five people get these uncomfortable mouth ulcers, which can occur inside the mouth, cheeks, lips, throat or even on the tongue. Although these can often be confused with cold sores, they aren’t contagious and usually go away overtime. Here are some ways to avoid these uncomfortable sores or prevent them from coming back.

If you have canker sores, chances are your child will too – they have a 90 percent chance! While luckily they aren’t harmful, no one is really sure where they come from. However, one’s diet is likely to exacerbate the occurrence of them. Children are often very difficult eaters, so getting them to eat food that will prevent canker sores can pose a challenge. These often show up because our diets lack enough vitamin B12, folic acid and iron, and if your child has food allergies, they are even more likely to pop up.

Canker sores can also be caused by minor trauma in the mouth such as a cut in the mouth. So if a child accidentally bites the side of their mouth, it could turn into a canker sore later.

What is a canker sore?

Canker sores come in three different varieties, although the most common is minor. If you notice a small, red spot that can reach up to an inch in diameter – but is commonly much smaller – this is a canker sore! It will feel tingly or burn a little, and over time it will swell up, burst and leave a “open” wound. This can get really sensitive especially when eating citrus or hot foods. Often times it takes about two weeks for a canker sore to heal completely, but it usually will only be bothersome for the first three to four days.

Prevention

If your child is prone to canker sores, you may want to switch their toothpaste to something without sodium laurel sulfate. This is the detergent in toothpaste that makes it foam up, but it actually isn’t good for us. It tends to cause dry mouth, so eliminating this detergent from your child’s regular routine could help with problems later in life. Dry mouth may seem minor, but it can lead to bad breath and other oral health issues later in life.

It is important to make sure your child is practicing good oral hygiene everyday. Some children loathe the time they have to spend in the bathroom brushing and flossing, but getting them used to the habit at a young age will help them greatly later in life. Parents can brush their teeth at the same time as children so they are brushing and flossing for the correct amount of time, and they’ll have a good influence to look up to.

When your child has a canker sore, using a cotton swab with peroxide on it can help kill bacteria and encourage a faster healing process. You can also try a rinse mixture by combining 2 ounces of hydrogen peroxide and 2 ounces of water, or 4 ounces of water with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda. If your child doesn’t like the taste – who could blame them – you can also use a wet black tea bag. Tea contains tannins that will relieve the pain in the sore.

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New Device Might Make Going to the Dentist a Little Better

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Is there anyone that actually enjoys or looks forward to going to the dentist? Probably not. The strange sounds, the drills, the smells, the needles and the dental bill definitely don’t make anyone want to visit the dentist more often than they need to. However, some inventors at London South Bank University, Brunel University and King’s College London have come up with  a new device that cancels out high-pitched sounds from dental drills that set many nerves on edge.

Pretty cool right? This device plugs into an MP3 player so the nervous patient can listen to his or her own music while being worked on. Rather than the high pitched screams from the drill, this device cancels out that sound completely. But what if the dentist or technician is talking to you? No problem – the inventors have that covered by including adaptive filtering.  This allows the patient to still hear what the dentist is saying but cancels out the drilling sounds. How is it done? Adaptive filtering targets a specific sound wave even when the volume and frequency of that wave changes. This great  invention is all thanks to professor Brian Millar of King’s College who came up with the initial idea.

So when can we start using these devices? It’s not quite that simple yet. Millar states, “What we need now is an investor to develop the product further, to enable us to bring this device to as many dental surgeries as possible, and help people whose fear of visiting the dentist stops them from seeking the oral healthcare they need.”

Hopefully an investor will be found and soon, rather than dreading the dentist visit, we’ll be creating a playlist for it. Don’t forget, the best way to prepare your mouth for a regular dentist visit is to use the TheraBreath products that are right for you. If you aren’t sure which ones are best for your needs, just take our quick online breath evaluation for free.

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