Posts for category: Tooth Care
At approximately 6 months of age, our babies’ first teeth begin to break through the gums. Usually, the first two teeth to erupt are the bottom front teeth. Next, the top four front teeth emerge. After that, other teeth slowly begin to fill in, usually in pairs -- one each side of the upper or lower jaw -- until all 20 teeth come in. The best time to bring your child to the dentist is around 3 years of age. Begin teaching them to brush when the first teeth erupt. Even if the baby only plays with the toothbrush in their mouth, it gets them used to a routine of brushing two to three times a day. And remember…do not use toothpaste until the child is older because you don’t want them to "eat" the toothpaste.
Our doctors recommend brushing 3 times a day when patients have braces. Since certain foods can break down the wires and brackets, we suggest avoiding them. It is best to stay away from any foods that are hard/crunchy, sticky, or chewy. Examples of these types of foods include chewing gum, gummy bears, nuts and popcorn, chewy and hard candy, ice, hard pretzels, corn on the cob, apples, and bagels.
Should you floss first or brush first is a very common question asked of our dental hygienists. The answer is to floss first. Flossing first dislodges any food particles that you can brush away after flossing. If you brush first, those particles can remain on the teeth.
We are happy to report that the price of our Dental Savings Plan (DSP) will not increase in 2017. DSP is a yearly membership program offered exclusively by Park Crossing Dentistry for those who want to maintain their dental health but do not have dental insurance. It is a reduced-fee plan for families and individuals that allows members quality dental services at greatly reduced fees. For 12 months from the date of signup, each member gets 2 regular cleanings, 2 exams, 1 set of cavity-detecting xrays and 20% off any dental procedures. For more information, give us a call at 704-541-5059 or visit our website at parkcrossingdentistry.com.
Halloween is a fun time for kids and we think they should really enjoy it! Following a few tips during this time can offset future cavities:
- Let them have (some) candy! But make sure they brush after they indulge!
- Avoid letting your kids eat hard candy such as Jolly Ranchers. Hard candy stays in their mouth longer and lets sugar stay on teeth too long. This destroys enamel.
- Avoid sticky candy such as fruit snacks. Although they seem healthy, fruit snacks are sticky and get lodged into teeth crevices and tend to stay on the enamel too long.
- Avoid sugar sticks. The yummy sugar sticks are bad because they keep sugar on the teeth too long. Again, enamel is broken down causing tooth decay.
- If your child does receive a lot of candy, please give them only a little at a time and preferably after meals so that way they are not eating candy on and off all day. Then make sure they brush and rinse.