1. Early Oral Care for Healthy Gums and Teeth

    18th October 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

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    When looking for pacifier, safety is a major concern. You do not want a pacifier that comes apart and hurts the oral cavity.

    Key takeaways:

    • Choose a pacifier that will not affect the development of the jaw or tooth alignment. The pacifier should also not come apart when in the mouth.
    • In the first few months, clean the gums with gauze. Rubbing the gums also helps during teething.
    • Once teeth appear, ensure that your child is brushing twice every day with fluoride toothpaste.

    Orthodontic pacifiers are supposed to keep your baby’s jaws in proper alignment, but Delarosa says that the frequency, intensity, and duration of sucking are more likely to affect your child’s bite than a pacifier type. Use whichever one your baby prefers.

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  2. Take Good Care Of Your Children’s Teeth with Sealants

    23rd September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    Close up portrait of preschooler girl with open mouth without milk tooth

    21 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 11 years have been reported to have cavities in their permanent teeth. The results support the need to have dental sealant treatment to protect teeth.

    Key takeaways:

    • Dental sealants are recommended for children when their first molars grow at between 5 and 7 years and yet again when the next set of molars grows at 11 through to 14 years.
    • A study indicates that children without dental sealant treatment had cavities in 77 percent of their teeth compared to 27 percent of teeth in those with sealants.
    • Resin-based sealants and glass ionomer sealants are the most common with the difference being the resin based lasts longer.

    The review estimated that in a population of cavity-free children with a 40 percent chance of getting a first cavity over the next two years without sealants, application of sealants would reduce the rate to just 6 percent.

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  3. Does Dried Fruit Really Damage The Teeth?

    12th September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    Mix of dried fruits and nuts - symbols of judaic holiday Tu BishvatFruit is ready to enjoy as dried fruit, frozen fruit, canned fruit, and fresh fruit. Dried fruit has been thought to cause damage to the teeth, but not all experts agree.

    Key takeaways:

    • The assertion that dried fruits are sticky and adhere to the teeth is based on very weak evidence.
    • Further research on the effects of chewing dried fruit on the teeth is required.
    •   Dried fruit has immense nutritional benefits as well as having antimicrobial compounds. Other benefits are triggering salivary flow.

    Dr Sadler says that further research into the effects of chewing dried fruit on the teeth is required, including balancing any detrimental effects against potentially positive attributes such as encouraging salivary flow and the presence of anti-microbial compounds and sorbitol in the fruit.

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  4. Sugar and Children’s Oral Health: Top Tips for Patients

    by thecourtyardclinic

    denti di bambinoParents have a role to play in preventing tooth decay in their children. Watching out for hidden added sugars in juices can help with oral health.

    Key takeaways:

    • Children should be supervised to brush teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice every day until seven years of age.
    • The frequency and amount of sugary drinks and snacks should be reduced.
    • Make regular visits to the dentist so that dental problems are detected early and treated.

    When it comes to oral health, we believe in #preventionfirst: tooth decay is an avoidable disease and we are campaigning for Government’s to take this problem seriously, to act now and invest in real prevention.

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  5. What Toxins Have You Been Exposed To? Your Baby Teeth May Hold the Answer

    31st August 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    Close up portrait of preschooler girl with open mouth without milk tooth

    People (including babies) are exposed many different clusters of chemicals. Researchers have found that baby teeth store a health record of environmental exposures.

    Key takeaways:

    • Baby teeth have been described as biological hard drives.
    • The teeth form rings of growth on a daily basis; each ring encodes information about exposures occurring that day.
    • Baby teeth can reveal all the things that an individual has been exposed to such as stress hormones and environmental toxins such as lead and pesticides.

    Arora’s work is part of an emerging field of study focused on the exposome, a term coined in 2005 to refer to the totality of health-affecting exposures that a person experiences.

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  6. Do Kids Need Dental X-Rays?

    29th August 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    Regular dental x-rays may only be required when the permanent teeth have grown. Children who have baby teeth will require dental x-rays only if the need arises, according to the American Dental Association.

    Key takeaways:

    • Dentists should perform dental x-rays every 6-12 months for high-risk preschoolers who have had cavities in their baby teeth.
    • Dental x-rays should be considered only every 12-24 months for younger children who have never had a tooth cavity.
    • Dentists can recommend cone beam CT scans to get 3-D x-ray images of the teeth and their roots as well as the jaw and the skull.

    But there always needs to be a justification for using X-rays. Some reasons include impacted teeth, pain, obvious decay, unexplained bleeding, migrating teeth, or again, simply because a dentist can’t see between two teeth.

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  7. Watching Cartoons Could Help Children Overcome Anxiety of Dental Treatment

    26th August 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    A visit to a dentist can elicit anxiety and cause disruptive behavior in children. A new study reveals that watching cartoon during dental procedures can help to calm down them.

    Key takeaways:

    • Children provided with audiovisual distraction during dental treatment exhibit cooperative behavior and have reduced anxiety levels.
    • Even though the children did not report any differences, indirect measures of anxiety such pulse rate and blood pressure readings indicated lower anxiety levels.
    • Further research is required to fully understand the usefulness of the audiovisual distraction tools in reducing disruptive behavior and lessening anxiety.

    During treatment, the children in the distraction group exhibited significantly less anxiety and showed more cooperation than those in the control group, particularly during the local anaesthetic injection.

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  8. Back-to-School Tips for Healthy Teeth

    by thecourtyardclinic

    The commencement of a new school year is associated with mad morning dashes. Dental health should not be neglected in the midst of the morning rush. To keep the teeth healthy, children should brush their teeth before breakfast to make sure they do not forget. Brushing should be given preference over other activities such as fixing hair.

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  9. Baby Teeth Contain Clues about Early Exposure to Toxins

    22nd August 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    Close up portrait of preschooler girl with open mouth without milk tooth

    Baby teeth are more important than we have thought. Baby teeth are a repository which can reveal everything a person has been exposed to including environmental toxins such as lead and pesticides and stress hormones produced in utero.

    The emerging study of the totality of health-affecting exposures a person experiences is referred to as exposome. It will help health practitioners to analyze what a patient has been exposed to and use that information to determine health risks linked to or caused by those exposures.

    Researchers believe that exposures as early as pregnancy could affect the onset and progression of conditions such as adult obesity, childhood asthma and cancers.

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  10. Parents Are Putting Teeth of Children ‘At Risk’

    by thecourtyardclinic

    A little girl brushing her teeth against a white background.

    A recent survey indicates that six out of 10 parents are not aware of the free NHS treatment that protects against tooth decay. As a result, more than seven million children in the UK are faced by a big risk of poor dental health due to the lack of information.

    The survey commissioned by mydentist also reveals that three in ten parents have a daily struggle to get their kids to brush their teeth, and one in five let their children get away without cleaning their teeth the recommended twice a day. They aim to help change the state of affairs so that children’s teeth can be protected from decay.

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