Last updated 10 months ago
Good oral health goes beyond maintaining a bright and beautiful smile. Studies have found a significant link between poor dental health and heart disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Today, dentists know that keeping your teeth healthy can prevent gum disease, which causes inflammation in the arteries that can affect the heart. You can learn more about the connection between oral health and the health of your heart in this video.
Your dentist plays an important role in the health of your mouth and body. You can schedule your next checkup at Dental Care of Stamford by calling (203) 803-1815 today. Visit us on the web for more important dental health information and tips on maintaining your smile.
Last updated 10 months ago
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in the environment around you. It also plays an important role in the maintenance of healthy teeth. Fluoride is necessary to maintain strong enamel that is resistant to acid erosion and the formation of cavities. During the course of each day, minerals are lost from the surface of your teeth as the bacteria in your mouth produce acids that erode tooth enamel. In response to this process, your body repairs tooth enamel with fluoride and other minerals when the teeth are bathed in saliva. Many adult toothpaste products contain fluoride, but these are not suitable for use by young children. If your water supply is not fluoridated, your dentist may recommend fluoride drops or supplements to help your child build strong teeth until he is ready to use fluoridated toothpaste.
If you have questions about fluoride and your dental health, your dentist at Dental Care of Stamford can provide you with the answers you need for a healthier smile. Call us today at (203) 803-1815 or click on our web contact form to schedule your next appointment.
Last updated 10 months ago
The foods your child eats can have a significant impact on his dental health. Sugary snacks and drinks are known to promote tooth decay, while healthier choices can reduce your child’s risk of cavities. Teaching your child to develop mouth-healthy eating habits will help him maintain better oral health for a lifetime.
Fresh fruits are an excellent choice when it comes to healthy snacking. Many fruits provide your child with essential nutrients that promote stronger teeth and gums. Citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits contain vitamin C, which is important for dental health. Choices such as apples and pears have a fibrous nature that clean your child’s teeth as he eats, scraping away plaque and food particles to prevent tooth decay. Fruits can be a healthier option that still provide a sweet taste if your child has a hard time giving up sugary snacks.
Low-fat milk, cheese, and yogurt are packed with calcium and vitamin D, two essential ingredients for stronger, healthier teeth. Dairy’s neutral pH also neutralizes the acids from bacteria living on your child’s teeth, which are responsible for the development of cavities. Even chocolate milk can have a beneficial effect on oral health, so you child can enjoy a sweeter treat from time to time.
Whole grain breads and cereals are also great mouth-healthy snacks for your child. Studies have shown that eating whole grains results in better dental health than eating white bread or processed alternatives. Many whole grain options can be combined with milk or cheese to enhance their taste and provide even more benefits for your child’s dental health. When your child wants finger foods, offer him pretzels, plain crackers, or unbuttered popcorn to enjoy.
Dental Care of Stamford offers complete dental services for children in Fairfield County. Our board certified pediatric dentists and orthodontists are here to answer your questions and help your child maintain excellent oral health during every step of his development. Click through our website or call (203) 803-1815 to find out more about our dedicated dental team.
Last updated 11 months ago
There is a common misconception that it’s not important to care for babies’ teeth because they are going to fall out and be replaced by adult teeth anyway. Ask any kids’ dentist, however, and you’ll find out that nothing could be further from the truth. It’s crucial to start your kids on a good dental care regimen from the time they are babies to set them up for good oral health for life. Here are some ways you can start caring for your baby’s emerging teeth:
Use a Washcloth
Before your baby’s teeth even break the surface, get your youngster used to the idea of cleaning his or her mouth by cleaning the gums. Use a soft, moistened washcloth or piece of gauze to gently rub the gums. Adding this practice to your nightly routine will help your baby become accustomed to the idea of brushing teeth. It will also help clean bacteria off the gums so that they are healthy when teeth start coming in.
You should start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth emerges. Use a toothbrush designed to fit a baby’s mouth. These usually have a small head with a handle that is sized for an adult’s hand. Use only a tiny speck of fluoride toothpaste. A smear about the size of a grain of rice is all you need. Using too much toothpaste will expose your baby to too much fluoride too early. For very young kids, getting too much fluoride will leave white spots in the teeth.
Fill Bottles Wisely
Dentists want patients of all ages to avoid sugar, but sugar can be extremely detrimental to baby teeth in particular. Avoid letting your baby sip on sugary drinks or juices throughout the day so his or her teeth don’t bathe in sugar. Non-fluoridated water is the best choice, though your child’s dentist may eventually recommend fluoridated water.
When your baby’s teeth start coming in, turn to Dental Care of Stamford and Dental Care Kids for help. Our kids’ dentists are experts in caring for younger patients and will help your child develop a healthy attitude towards dental hygiene. Learn more about the work of our kids’ dentists by calling (203) 803-1815.