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  • Essential Vitamins and Minerals Every Growing Child Needs

    Essential Vitamins and Minerals Every Growing Child Needs

    Summer vacation is now officially in full swing. Cookouts, the ice cream man, and running to and from the pool, beach, or camp might make fitting in a proper meal difficult. Healthy eating is crucial for everyone, but for children, it’s especially important that they get their recommended daily allowances of bone-growing, muscle-strengthening, vitamins and minerals. Here are some essential nutrients and their natural sources to help your child stay healthy this summer: Vitamin A
    – One of the best vitamins for overall oral health is vitamin A. It helps keep saliva flowing and promotes a healthy mucous lining in the mouth that coats cheeks and gums, making them less ....

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  • Teen Health Isn't Child's Play

    Teen Health Isn't Child's Play

    The teenage years are fraught with developmental milestones and a growing desire for independence. As a parent, you want them to grow up and make smart decisions about their health and body. When it comes to your teen’s mouth, there are still some things you should keep an eye on to make sure they have every advantage heading into adulthood. Wisdom Teeth-
    Wisdom teeth develop under the gum by around age 13 and usually poke through between the ages of 17-21. Sometimes they need to be extracted because your teen’s mouth is too small, or they aren’t coming in upright. This can make them crooked or impacted. Or sometimes, because they are so hard to reach and keep clean, ....

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  • Space Maintainers: A Short Term Solution May Prevent Long Term Problems

    Space Maintainers: A Short Term Solution May Prevent Long Term Problems

    Space maintainers are usually a simple and straightforward way to keep the space open for adult teeth to come in. In some cases, a simple space maintainer can prevent more expensive treatment, like braces, in the future. Who doesn’t love seeing a little child laugh, showing off a huge grin complete with spaces from missing baby teeth? Or how about the excitement each child has when they lose a tooth and realize they get a visit from the tooth fairy? But baby teeth do much more than let your little one chow down on dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets and mac and cheese. They serve as a placeholder for adult teeth, and if they come out too soon before the adult tooth is ready to come in, ....

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  • Resolve to Make Your Oral Health a Priority in the New Year!

    Resolve to Make Your Oral Health a Priority in the New Year!

    The holiday season is over, and everything is slowly returning to normal. Now is a great time to focus on your New Year’s resolutions. Instead of making general resolutions like wanting to lose weight or saying you want to be healthier, why not get specific and resolve to support your oral health by brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and eating foods that are healthy for your teeth, gums, and bones! Usually, when you hear about food or drink and your dental health, articles focus on what you shouldn’t eat, so let’s talk about some foods that are good for your mouth! Foods Containing Polyphenols
    – Polyphenols are compounds found in ....

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  • Tooth Sensitivity Can Be a Real Pain

    Tooth Sensitivity Can Be a Real Pain

    Tooth sensitivity is a common problem, but you don’t have to suffer in silence. There are many treatments available that can have you enjoying your favorite foods again in no time. Tooth sensitivity can have many causes including:

    Enamel loss along the gum line
    – Clenching, grinding, and brushing too hard or with a hard-bristled toothbrush can cause the thin enamel along the gum line to wear away. Under the tooth enamel lies a layer of dentin. Dentin’s composition is much like our bones, hard, yet porous. It is made of tiny tubules which act like pathways to the pulp and nerve of our teeth. When exposed, they send signals to the nerve in the form of pain to let you ....

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