How can I prevent tooth stains?

Why Coffee Stained Teeth Happen Coffee stained teeth occur when tannins in the coffee build up on tooth enamel. Good oral hygiene can help reduce coffee stained teeth, but that isn’t always enough. Some whitening toothpaste can remove up to 90% of stains on the tooth surface after 14 days. But sometimes you need something Continue Reading →

Caregivers Are Key In Protecting Kids’ Dental Health

(Reuters Health) – Many kids on Medicaid are not receiving dental care, and those who do often first show up with a dental emergency, according to a new study.

Less than half of a group of four-year-olds the researchers followed had ever visited a dentist, and caregivers who neglected their own oral health tended to neglect that of their children too.

“We know that both good oral health and dental problems tend to cluster and co-occur in families,” said Kimon Divaris, who led the study at the UNC School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should visit a dentist for their first check-up when their first tooth appears, or no later than their first birthday. The AAPD recommends check-ups every six months after that to prevent cavities and other problems.

Oral health is part of general health, and dental problems in young children have been linked to other negative consequences including discomfort and pain, reduced quality of life, failure to thrive, time lost both from school and parents’ work and financial expenditures for families and the health system, Divaris told Reuters Health in an email.
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Can Drinking From A Straw Protect Your Teeth or Not?

In a word, YES! Sipping drinks through a straw can certainly provide an additional layer of protection for our teeth and gums. Especially when we take to sloshing down some sugary slurry or acidic alcohol, straws can help prevent the cavity creeps from making holes in our teeth and even limit staining or discoloration. Continue Reading →

Dental Health on the Fast Track with Give Kids A Smile!

Join Greg Biffle to Put Good Dental Health on the Fast Track and Give Kids A Smile! Race fans of all ages, let’s join NASCAR star Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion, to put good dental health on the fast track. With good brushing and flossing habits, a smart diet and Continue Reading →

ADA Uses Fluoride Toothpaste to Fight High Cavity Rate in Children

Papers in February JADA issue note benefits of using fluoride toothpaste on baby’s first tooth To fight cavities in children, the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) is updating its guidance to caregivers that they should brush their children’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth comes in. This new guidance Continue Reading →

Preventing Early Childhood Cavities

There is a dental disease called Early Childhood Caries (Cavities) that can affect young children. Sometimes called Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, it is caused when sugary liquid surrounds the teeth too often – like when a child goes to bed with (or walks around with) a bottle. It can lead to pain and severe cavities Continue Reading →

Kids should brush teeth for two minutes, twice daily

A new public-service campaign “Kids’ Healthy Mouths” urges kids to brush their teeth for that amount of time, twice a day. Launched on Tuesday, the campaign’s TV spots, print ads, Web site, social media messages and other materials (available in both English and Spanish) point out that kids waste a lot of time every day watching television and videos, playing games on mobile devices and harassing their siblings — and that four minutes of that time could be better spent cleaning their teeth. Continue Reading →