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Keeping your baby’s teeth healthy

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When a baby is born, taking good care of his or her teeth is often the last thing on parents’ minds. However, it is truly important to start caring for your child’s teeth from as early as infancy. Making sure that your baby is getting a healthy diet, avoiding dental dangers, and introducing a healthy dental care routine will all set the stage for healthy development of your baby’s teeth, even before they are visible.

The first step in keeping your baby’s teeth healthy begins as soon as he or she is born. Feeding your baby healthy and nutritious foods and using the correct feeding procedure, will prevent many future dental problems. Feed your baby breast milk or properly prepared formula for the first year of life. Avoid giving any sugary beverages, including fruit juice, sodas, or even supposedly healthy energy drinks. All of these liquids will introduce unnecessary sugar to your baby’s mouth, which will lead to tooth decay in the future. Your baby’s developing teeth will suffer for any sweet drinks he or she consumes.

Next, avoid a lifetime of problems by preventing them with proper dental habits. While using a pacifier is often recommended for the first few months of life, when babies need supplemental sucking opportunities, especially if they are fed with a bottle, the pacifier shouldn’t be used past age 2. Pacifiers should never be coated with any food or liquid, which will harm your baby’s growing teeth and encourage poor habits. Try to dissuade your baby from sucking their thumb by introducing the pacifier early, so that you will have better future control over this soothing device.

Finally, introduce proper dental hygiene and good education from a young age. Start by massaging your baby’s gums before his or her teeth come in, and follow up by using a soft bristled toothbrush. See a pediatric dentist for advice and instructions for your baby’s dental care. Keep up to date with current dental innovations, such as those found in recent journal of dentistry articles, including the well known Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry. Current research can give you and your dentist a unique insight into the best care practices for your baby’s teeth.

Start practicing good dental habits with your baby before they even start teething. The dental habits of youth can make all the difference. Your baby’s future dental health depends on you.

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The Fear Of The Dentist

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As a parent, there might be times when you have to see the fear on your child’s face. It could be from going to the doctor or going to school to face a teacher that gives difficult homework. One of the things that you can help your child with is a fear of the dentist. There are a few tips that you can use to help children overcome getting the teeth cleaned while making them feel comfortable in the office so that they have the healthy and beautiful smile that they deserve.

The younger that you start taking children to the dentist, the easier it will be to get them acquainted with the staff who will be caring for them through childhood. Most dentists want to see children every six months, so your child will want to feel at home in the office. If there are any suspicions that your child doesn’t like the staff, then consider trying another dentist to see if it was just a personality conflict.

Don’t go into too many details about the first visit or if there is a visit where the child will need to get a lot of work done in the mouth, such as a filling. Keep explanations simple, and make sure the child understands that the dentist only wants to make sure the teeth and gums are healthy without causing any harm to the mouth. You can sometimes find a family Brooklyn NY dentist who will see both adults and children. This can give you a way to make an appointment together so that each of you are in the office at the same time.

Give a pretend visit so that your child knows a little about what to expect. Brush the teeth and floss them so that the child can see what it’s like for someone to work in the mouth. You can also get a doll, letting the child brush it’s teeth so that the child can do the same things that the dentist will do at the visit. Make sure the child knows of some of the terms that are used by the dentist, such as toothbrush, floss and mouthwash.

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Improve Your Self Esteem By Smiling

Rory Mycek is a guest contributor from www.TopDentists.com, the dental resource site of Everyday Health.
Do yourself a favor every day and smile! This simple act changes your blood flow so that your brain sends out endorphins, or happy feelings, throughout your body. Even if you’re in a bad mood, sometimes smiling can trick you into changing your mood. Smiling allows you to feel more relaxed and draws in more people to you. Do you need any more reasons to smile?

Perfecting Your Best Accessory

If you’re going to start smiling all the time make sure that your smile is up to par and take extra special care of it! Brushing your teeth twice a day along with regular flossing is the basis of any oral care routine, along with regular visits to your dentist. How can we further protect and perfect our best accessory?

At-home teeth whitening systems are more than plentiful now and there seems to be one for every budget! If you would like to take the most basic approach to whitening your teeth, add some baking soda on top of your toothpaste when you brush and follow brushing with a whitening mouthwash. For ladies’ night out, apply lipstick. Pale pinks, sheer berry tints, blue undertones and intense red shades make your teeth appear whiter while nudes and shades with yellow or golden undertones make teeth appear more yellow or dull.

As we age our teeth may shift a bit from our post-braces perfect smile, but that doesn’t mean we have to go back to braces or live with it. Invisalign is an easy fix to straighten out a smile. Your dentist will make a cast of your teeth and create a custom-fitted mold of your teeth and over time as your teeth readjust themselves, your mold will change to accommodate for further straightening. What’s nice about the Invisalign is you can keep popping them back in, most likely at bedtime, to maintain the straight appearance.

For more dramatic fixes cosmetic dentistry may be the answer. Cosmetic dentists can fix:

• Chipped or cracked teeth

• Discolored enamel

• Gaps between teeth

• Uneven or too-noticeable gums

• Irregularly shaped teeth

• Crooked and misaligned teeth

Different cosmetic dental procedures include:

• Tooth whitening

• Veneers

• Cosmetic bonding

• Laser contouring

• Dental implants

• Cosmetic crowns

• Inlays and onlays

While there are so many options out there, possibly one of the most important things you can do is to watch your diet. Try to avoid foods that are high in sugar, foods and beverages that stain your teeth (coffee and red wine), hard chewy candies, etc. If you’re craving something sweet much on some fruits or raisins, you can even opt for dark chocolate! Drink plenty of water to encourage saliva production and limit alcohol, which can cause your body and mouth to become dehydrated.