3 Things All Athletes Should Do for Their Teeth

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Helmet? Check. Knee pads? Check. Mouthguard? Check! Mouthguards usually cover your upper teeth and protect your teeth, lips, tongue, face and jaw against injuries, so they need to be part of your uniform in any sport you play. read more

My Child Has a Toothache. Should I Call the Dentist?

“Growing pains” are part of childhood, and teething can be the cause of some discomfort in your child’s mouth. ADA dentist Dr. Maria Lopez Howell reveals one thing to check for before taking your child to the dentist for a toothache. read more

When Should I Start Brushing My Child’s Teeth?

It’s never too early to care for your son or daughter’s teeth. ADA dentist Dr. Maria Lopez Howell discusses how you can keep your child’s smile healthy from the start.

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Watch the video “10 Things to Know About Your Tot’s Teeth” — click here

 

6 Ways to Keep Your Smile Bright This Holiday Season

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Smile-Friendly Stocking Stuffers

Your stocking forecast this year will almost certainly include a dusting of sugar. (The National Confectioners Association says 77% of people include candy in holiday gifts.) Giving candy? Consider chocolate. It washes off your teeth more easily than stickier sweets like candy canes. And when you’re stuffing those stockings full of chocolate Santas, don’t forget to include an ADA-Accepted toothbrush or toothpaste>>read more

6 MouthHealthy Holiday Snacks (That Are Almost Too Cute to Eat)

holiday recipes_egg_snowmenSweet as the holidays may be, sugar-packed treats can wreak havoc on your pearly whites. This season, ring in the festivities with healthy and fun holiday snack options that fill your mouth with joy.

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MouthHealthy Kids’ Halloween Headquarters

tile_halloween_tips_edited-1 Check this out for Tips and Advice, Videos, Pumpkin Carving Stencils, Activity Sheets, and Coloring Pages

Great for parents, kids, teachers etc.

 

www.mouthhealthykids.org/en/activity-sheets/halloween

 

 

Halloween Candy: Your Dental Health Survival Guide

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????With Halloween comes ghosts, goblins and goodies—and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful.

Here’s why: The bacteria in your mouth are probably more excited to eat Halloween candy than you are. When the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, a weak acid is produced. That acid is what can contribute to cavities.

But don’t hang up your costume just yet. “Halloween is about candy, dressing up and having fun,” says ADA dentist Dr. Ana Paula Ferraz-Dougherty. “It’s OK to eat that candy on Halloween as a splurge as long as you’re brushing twice a day and flossing once a day all year long.”

To help you sort through the trick-or-treat bag loot, we have a rundown of some common candies and their impact on your teeth:   read more

Parents with kids in sports: When Should You Wear a Mouthguard?

When it comes to protecting your mouth, a mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age.  While collision and contact sports, such as boxing, are higher-risk sports for the mouth, any athlete may experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics and skating. read more

Back To School Exams

School will be back in session before you know it. Send your child off to class with a new bookbag, fresh pencils and a healthy smile.

Some schools require a back-to-school dental exam. Still, it’s always a good time of year to schedule one of your child’s regular visits. “We can help spot and take care of any issues so your child doesn’t have to miss class once school starts,” says ADA pediatric dentist Dr. Mary Hayes. “It’s also a great time to help get back on track if some of your child’s dental habits fell away during summer, when normal routines can go out the window and there are a lot more treats around.”