Summer sun brings summer fun! While warm months are perfect for spending time together, summer vacation can also throw off your usual dental routine. Check out three ways to prevent summertime tooth decay:
STAY ON A ROUTINE. Whether your kids are staying up to catch fireflies or a fireworks show, resist the temptation to skip brushing before a late bedtime--or let it slide when they sleep in the next morning.
SAY NO TO SUGARY DRINKS AND SNACKS. As the temperature rises, it's common for families to start to sip and snack during sports tournaments, festivals or nearly any community event. Be very watchful of your family's intake of lemonade, juice, and soda during the hotter summer months. Offer water to beat the heat, or milk with meals. And finally, don't let summertime grazing damage your child's smile!
MAKE YOUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL DENTAL VISIT EARLY. Some schools require back-to-school dental visits for certain grades, and these checkups can be a good way to be sure that your child's teeth survived the summer break and stayed healthy. It is a great idea to make your child's back-to-school appointment early in the summer to avoid the August rush and help insure that you get the appointment time that works best for you!
We can immediately guess at some of the most acidic foods. Citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes in their many culinary forms, anything pickled in vinegar, coffee, tea, wine--these foods are certainly acidic, but also a regular part of many a healthy diet. You don't need to avoid these foods altogether, but it's best to enjoy them as part of a meal or enjoy them sparingly. And balance out some of these high-acidity foods at mealtime with low-acidity choices like bananas, bread, and dairy products.
Other sources of damaging acids might surprise you. Studies have linked sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks to higher levels of tooth erosion. The combination of citric acid, phosporic acid and or carbonation raises the acidity levels in the mouth. And because we tend to sip them all day long, it's like a continuing acid bath for our enamel. Water is always a healthy alternative for hydration, but if you do indulge in a soda or sports drink, rinse with water after drinking the beverage to dilute the acid concentration.
As adults, we often wish our own teeth could be as white as they were when we were small children. Baby teeth have thinner and whiter enamel than adult teeth, and those brilliant smiles are a result! But occasionally, you may be surprised to discover some staining or discoloration on those lovely first teeth. You might even be tempted to apply a whitening product to your child's teeth, but, please read on!
CAUSES OF STAINING
- Improper Brushing
- Health Conditions
Simple stains can often be removed with better brushing techniques or with a professional cleaning by our office. Staining caused by an injury or health condition is something that may be able to be addressed by certain dental procedures.
So why not just buy a home whitening kit for your child? There are several important reasons to leave these products on the shelf while your child is young.
- Whitening kits are designed for adults
- Primary teeth enamel is thinner
- There's No existing research on the long and short term effects
If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our dental office at 918-455-0123!
April...While other months celebrate romance, or giving thanks, or costumes and candy, April has April Fool's Day and a Tax deadline! Many or us feel like these two dates seem more like a warning than a celebration. So here's a new topic for the April calendar: National Facial Protection Month! Take the opportunity this month to review your safety practices while you're enjoying your favorite activiites.
- Face Guards
- Eye Protection
So here are a few suggestions for your calendar this month:
If you haven't gotten a mouthguard yet, now's the time. Tooth and mouth injuries occur in sports beyond hockey and football. If you play basketball, ski, skateboard, ride a bike, in fact, almost any sport where you can fall or make contact with a person or object, a mouthguard is a must!
Replace any damaged helmet or face guard!
Talk to your eye doctor about protective eyewear!
If you are a parent or caregiver, make sure your child athlete has the proper facial protection, and uses it!
If you are a coach, make sure your athletes have the right protective gear!
It's also a great time to commit to using your protective gear every single time you're active!
But wait, these reminders are helpful and important, but weren't we promised something to celebrate this April? Good catch! The great news is, using facial protection for sports and athletic activiites gives you rewards that you can celebrate all year: fewer injuries, fewer visits to the emergency room, and a beautiful, healthy, intact smile!
If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!
Drs. Reggie Thomas & Ross Riddel
According to a recent study, Covid-19 infects the cells in the mouth! It is well known that the upper airways and lungs are the primary sites of infection, but there are now clues that the virus can infect the cells in other parts of the body such as the digestive system, blood vessels, kidneys, and as previously stated, the mouth. This is the probable cause of the Covid-19 oral symptoms of the loss of taste, a dry mouth, and even blistering.
The study also points to the possibilty that the mouth plays a role in transmitting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, to the the lungs or digestive system via saliva laden virus from infected oral cells. A better understanding of the mouth's involvement could inform strategies to reduce viral transmission within and outside the body, researchers state.
Further research will be needed to confirm the initial findings as the "All Hands On Deck" approach continues to appear to be the best strategy to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic.
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