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Healthy Eating for Your Teeth

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With summer just around the corner, days are getting longer and busier. Packing nutrient-rich foods, helps strengthen yours and your children’s oral health, making everyone less susceptible to tooth decay.

Here are some tooth healthy foods that you can enjoy not only all summer, but all year round:

Dairy

Cheese, yogurt, and milk all contain calcium, which helps strengthen tooth enamel. When making lunches/snacks with cheese, try using aged cheddar, swiss, or monterey jack. These cheeses have been found to protect teeth from decay.

Fruits and Vegetables

It is no surprise that fruits and vegetables are good sources of vitamins. Citrus fruits contain vitamin C, important for healthy gums. While carrots and dried apricots contain vitamin A, which help build strong teeth.

Protein

Protein-rich foods, including meat, poultry, and fish, are good sources of phosphorous, a necessary mineral for tooth development. Nuts are a good alternative protein, they are rich in magnesium and phosphorous, which is optimal for oral health.

When packing lunches and snacks, try to avoid packing sodas, sports drinks, and sweetened fruit juices. These drinks are high in sugar and acid, which can contribute to tooth decay and obesity. Instead, opt for fluoridated water, milk, or pure fruit juice.

Introducing healthy eating habits at a young age is important for oral health and development. Health eating habits, hygiene habits, and maintaing regular dental appointments, are the building blocks for a lifetime of oral and overall health.

If you have any questions about oral health or tooth healthy foods, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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How to Care for Your Baby’s Teeth

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In the first few months, you fall in love with your baby’s sweet gummy smile. Underneath those gums, your child already has the beginnings of their baby and adult teeth. To help keep your baby’s teeth healthy throughout childhood and adulthood, here are some simple steps.

Step 1 – Clean Your Child’s Teeth and Gums:
Even before your infant’s teeth come in, start wiping the gums with a damp cloth, gauze, or infant toothbrush. As soon as the teeth begin to erupt, you should be brushing your child’s teeth twice a day.

Step 2 – Avoid Bedtime Bottles:
Try not to give your baby a bottle at bedtime. If your child needs something comforting, try a bottle filled with water, not sugary drinks.

Step 3 – Avoid Sugary Pacifiers:
Do not dip your child’s pacifiers in anything sweet, even honey. Only use clean, orthodontic pacifiers, which are actually designed for the shape of your child’s mouth.

Step 4 – Minimize Teething Pain:
When teeth begin to come in, your child may experience some pain. Teething rings can be helpful. You can also help by rubbing your baby’s gums with a clean finger.

Step 5 – Visit the Dentist:
While planning your child’s first birthday party, remember to book their first dental appointment. At this appointment, we will review proper brushing technique and how to avoid potential issues. Many parents are unaware of dental issues until they become more serious. And your child will learn that going to the dentist is important for oral health.

If you have any questions about your child’s teeth or notice anything unusual, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Teeth Grinding and Children

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Grind, grind, grind! If this sounds familiar, you’re living with a teeth grinder.

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is not only common in adults, it is common in children too. In fact, three out of ten kids clench or grind their teeth at night. This can be a response to jaw growth, losing teeth, stress, or other discomforts, such as infections or allergies.

Grinding can cause irreversible damage to their teeth – leaving them chipped, worn down, or loose. Other symptoms of grinding include:

> Tightness or pain in the jaw

> Sensitive teeth

> Headache, earache, or facial pain

Typically, children outgrow this nightly habit. Grinding and clenching is usually a passing phenomena that most children stop doing by their teen years.

If you can concerned that you or your child is grinding or clenching at night, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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When Should a Child Start Using Toothpaste?

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Taking care of a small child can feel like a full-time job. With diaper changes, bath time, bedtime routines, and mealtime, parents also need to care for their child’s teeth.

To make your day a little easier, we have some helpful guidelines for everyday oral care for your child from birth through toddlerhood.

Birth to 18 Months
As soon as your child’s teeth begin to come in, it is time to start cleaning them. For babies younger than 18 months, the best way to clean your child’s teeth is with a wet cloth or gauze and without toothpaste.

Gently rub the teeth and gums with a cloth over your fingertip. Along with nursing, formula and/or water, this is the only oral care that your young child needs. Once there is a full set of teeth, you can use a small, soft bristled toothbrush and water.

When to Start Toothpaste
Once your child is 18 months old, look for a toothpaste specially formulated for children. Young children have different dental needs and children’s toothpaste caters to these needs.

What to Look for in Children’s Toothpaste
> Safe to swallow: Young children tend to swallow their toothpaste rather than spitting it out. Make sure that your children’s toothpaste is formulated with this in mind.
> Pea-sized amount: Your child doesn’t need a lot of toothpaste to be effective, you only need to use a pea-sized amount.
> Low-fluoride: Fluoride is an important element of keeping teeth healthy and strong, but too much fluoride can be harmful for young children. Several varieties of children’s toothpaste have lower amounts of fluoride.
> Fun flavours: Some children, especially toddlers, tend to be picky. Be prepared to try a few different varieties of toothpaste to see which one is the best.

By taking time each day – morning and night – to clean your child’s teeth, you are helping your child create a lifetime of healthy dental habits.

If you have any questions about toothpaste or your child’s dental health, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Are Dental Fears Contagious?

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Are you afraid of the dentist? If you are, you could be teaching your child these fears too. We understand that the sights and sounds of a dental office can be a little intimidating. But when you visit the dentist, whether if it is the first time or the tenth time, your child is looking to you – Is this a safe place? A good place?

A recent study found that children of parents who are afraid of the dentist are more likely to have cavities and other oral health problems.

It’s not enough to simply tell your children to brush and floss their teeth. Parents need to be examples of good oral health, including daily home care and regular visits to the dentist.

We are here to help. We understand that visiting the dentist can be scary for people of any age. We are happy to discuss your fears before your appointment to ease your comfort (and your child’s) on the day of your appointment.

Early visits to the dentist, by the age of one, help children adjust to the sights and sounds of the dental office. Together we can we can create a positive dental experience for you and your child, helping to lay the foundation for a lifetime of beautiful and healthy teeth.

If you have any questions about you or your child’s dental health, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Dental Teething Tips

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Babies typically get their first set of teeth (lower, middle) by six months old. While it is exciting to see your child’s gummy smile become a toothy one, it can be a painful process for your baby.

Signs of teething include:

– Biting down on objects or fingers
– Increased drooling
– Rash or redness on the cheeks
– Loss of appetite
– Tender, swollen gums
– Excess drool

To make the process as comfortable as possible, here are some dental teething tips:

Tip #1 – Massage your baby’s gums with your finger.

Tip #2 – Use a chilled (not frozen) teething ring.

Tip #3 – Let your child suck on a cold, wet cloth.

If your child is in a lot of discomfort, talk to your dentist about a teething ointment to numb the gums. Our dental team is here to answer any questions or concerns about your teeth, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Good Hygiene Habits for Parents and Children

Dental Health Parent and Child

On a hot summers day, have you ever shared an ice cream cone with a friend or family member? Chances are you’re not only sharing a delicious, refreshing snack, you’re also sharing oral bacteria.

Our mouths are filled with bacteria, millions of them. When you share food, cups, utensils, or toothbrushes, these bacteria can be transferred from person to person. This can be particularly harmful when sharing with children.

Since children’s immune systems are not fully developed, if a parent has tooth decay, the child is more likely to get cavities.

Here are some simple steps to keep you and your family’s mouths healthy and stop the spread of harmful oral bacteria:

Good Hygiene Habits for Children
> If your child sleeps with a bottle, fill it with water – not milk, formula, or juice.
> Before baby teeth erupt, clean your child’s gums with a wet cloth.
> Once baby teeth erupt, brush them twice a day.
> Book your child’s first dental appointment before his/her first birthday or when the first tooth appears.
> Avoid putting anything in your child’s mouth that has been in your mouth.
> Once teeth are touching, begin flossing daily.
> Change your child’s toothbrush every three months.
> Regularly examine your child’s teeth for changes in colour, lines, or spots.

Good Hygiene Habits for Parents
> Eat a well balanced diet and limit the amount of sugary sweets.
> Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and floss daily.

To ensure that you and your family maintain beautiful, healthy smiles, remember to visit the dentist regularly. If you have any questions about oral health, please contact our office at at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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Protect Your Child From Cavities

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Children’s teeth are softer and more prone to cavities and decay than adult teeth. Here are some simple steps to help your child maintain a healthy smile:

Step 1: Establish a daily toothbrushing routine
Start brushing your child’s teeth once the first tooth erupts. When your child is able to brush his/her own teeth, monitor this routine to ensure that it is done correctly.

Step 2: Make flossing a daily habit
Once the teeth are touching, begin flossing daily. Regular flossing can make a big difference in cavity prevention. Like brushing, flossing is another oral health activity that should be monitored when your child can do it on his/her own.

Step 3: Have sealants applied to your child’s teeth
Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are added to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.  Sealants help protect your child’s teeth from decay and cavities.

Step 4: Maintain regular dental appointments
We understand that people are busy, but it is important to prioritize regular dental appointments. Your dentist can screen for potential problems, manage existing ones, and help your family maintain a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Step 5: Fix crooked teeth
Crooked or misaligned teeth are more prone to gum disease (periodontal disease) or premature wearing of the teeth.  Straight teeth are healthier, easier to clean, and can prevent greater problems down the road.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s teeth, please contact our office at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.

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