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Are Cavities Contagious?

Posted by American Pediatric Dental on Thursday, October 27, 2016 10:32 AM
Tooth decay can result from many things such as transferring saliva, genetics, poor oral hygiene, and feeding habits–such as constant sippy-cups full of sugary liquids. What parents may not know is that they can also be unconsciously spreading bacteria to their children, leading to cavities from a bacteria called Streptococcus Mutans. Also abbreviated as S. Mutans, it can be passed on from one person to the next through the transfer of saliva.

This bacteria has been known to spread by blowing on a baby’s food, sharing utensils, and even kissing your child on the lips. However, solely kissing your child on the lips won’t cause the bacteria to spread, but different factors work together to cause an infection. Tooth decay, specifically, is the main type of infection, and can spread from one person to another during infancy and especially when a child experiences tooth eruption.

Some tips for preventing cavity spread in your family:

1. Studies show that moms who chewed gum with Xylitol as a main...
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Summer Dental Tips for a Healthier Smile

Posted by American Pediatric Dental on Friday, July 22, 2016 7:50 AM
It’s summer time and that means relaxation, fun, and indulgence! With so much of this summer time fun we often ignore our dental health. The summer heat compels us to drink cold beverages, and eat ice creams, both of which are detrimental to our dental health.

The following dental tips will help you care for your dental health, without refraining from your favorite summer indulgences.

1.    Stay Hydrated

Summer deprives our body of water, making us feel dehydrated time and again. You must stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water, and other fluids, such as, coconut water, and fresh juices. However, avoid aerated and other sugar laden drinks as they harm your teeth. Staying hydrated keeps tooth decay at bay, and also protects your gum tissues, and skin.

2.    Don’t let your mouth get dry

Dehydration, or dry mouth can cause plague accumulation, tooth decay, and halitosis / bad breath. These can lead to dental cavities and gum diseases. Thus, to avoid the same, you must keep sipping...
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Baby Teeth – They’re WAY more important than you think

Posted by American Pediatric Dental on Thursday, July 7, 2016 9:56 AM
The first baby teeth, known as primary teeth, usually appear as early as 3-4 months of age, but really start to erupt through the gums between the ages of 6 months to one year of age. Many parents think baby teeth don’t matter because they’ll eventually fall out but the truth is, those baby teeth are important, even if you can’t see them and even if they will eventually be replaced with permanent adult teeth.

Baby teeth are in fact, extremely important!

Not only do baby teeth help children chew and speak, they also hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums. When a baby tooth is lost too early due to cavities, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when they come in. This can make teeth crooked or crowded.

More than 50% of children will be affected by tooth decay before the age five. That’s why starting infants off with good oral care can help protect their teeth for decades to come.

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Top Advantages of a Pediatric Dentist for Children with Autism

Posted by American Pediatric Dental on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 2:58 PM
At APDG our team takes pride in our ability to care for special-needs patients and we continually educate ourselves in order to serve our patients with the highest standard of care. Given that it is Autism Awareness Month, we wanted to shed more light on the importance of choosing a Pediatric Dentist for your child with ASD. A pediatric dentist will take the time to meet with you and your child in order to learn more about them and choose the best plan of action for your child’s oral health. We’ve outlined some advantages that you as a parent will have by choosing a pediatric dentist, rather than just a general dentist.

4 Advantages of a Pediatric Dentist for Children with Autism

1.  Environment – A pediatric dental office is furnished with very playful, kid-friendly surroundings to help ease your child’s anxiety. Some offices might even offer fun fish aquariums, TVs, and music that has been proven to help calm a child’s sensory needs.

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Make Your Child's Visit To The Dentist An Awesome One

Posted by American Pediatric Dental on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 10:39 AM
Going to the dentist, as we all know, is a key factor for maintaining our kids' oral health. Still, it typically doesn't sit at the top of most parents’ or child’s to-do list. Being told to sit still -- often tipped back in a big chair -- with a bright light near their face and someone poking around in their mouth can make any kid nervous and scared.

Whether your child is mildly nervous or seriously afraid, try these strategies to make their visit to the dentist a more positive experience for both you and your child:  

 Choose a pediatric dentist. You may be happy with your dentist but a practitioner who specializes in treating kids and adolescents brings extra expertise and experience to the table. The very young, pre-teens, and teenagers all need different approaches in dealing with their behavior, guiding their dental growth and development, and helping them avoid future dental problems. Pediatric dentists have an extra two to three years of training beyond dental school so they are experts at...
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Foods That Cause More Damage To Your Teeth Than You Think

Posted by American Pediatric Dental on Monday, March 14, 2016 9:17 AM
Don’t eat candy. Brush twice a day. Soda stains your teeth. You’ve probably already heard these dental tips for keeping you child's teeth healthy. But did you know that keeping tabs on the kinds of foods they eat can also assure the health of their teeth? There are two main elements of food that tarnish those pearly whites: sugar and acid.

Sugars, especially sucrose (table sugar), feed the millions of bacteria already in your mouth. Bacteria feast on your plaque buildup and produce lactic acid, which erodes your tooth enamel. Sucrose is the worst form of sugar because it adheres to teeth very strongly making it (and the bacteria) difficult to remove even when brushing.

Acids naturally occur in many foods, including fruit. In these cases, bacteria aren’t necessary to produce acid and cause tooth decay. Instead, acidic foods eat away at the enamel and break down teeth directly.

Generally you can wash away natural acids by drinking water. Ironically, brushing soon after consuming acidic foods...
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Autism & Dental Health - Meet Your Child Where They Are

Posted by American Pediatric Dental on Monday, February 29, 2016 11:01 AM
Oral health is a vital component of healthy daily living, but for some children with autism, oral habits can be a challenge.  With patience, perseverance, and determination, many of these challenges can be overcome and the results will be well worth the effort and have a rewarding, positive impact on the oral health and quality of life of your child.  It is noted in the dental literature that children with autism may experience more dental problems due to sensitivities around the mouth, diet, difficulty with brushing, and difficulty accessing dental care.  Furthermore, many are seldom able to verbalize complaints about any dental problems they may be experiencing.  There is no evidence, however, to suggest that individuals with autism have higher rates of dental decay compared to the general population.   It is for these reasons that establishing regular dental exams, both at home and in a dental office are essential to ensure good health.

The first step in establishing an effective oral hygiene routine...
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Top Tips On Your Child's Oral Health

Posted by American Pediatric Dental on Friday, February 19, 2016 9:15 AM
Did you know? Childhood cavities are the most common childhood disease after asthma. Though we might not take care of it as much, the mouth is as important as the rest of the body. The important thing about going to the dentist as a child is the education on how to prevent cavities. Here are a few tips we put together to ensure your child gets on the right path to healthy teeth and gums! 

1.     At what age should children start going to the dentist? By the child’s first birthday, as per the American Pediatric Dental Association.

2.     Avoid excessive amounts of juice, the #1 cause of cavities in children and teenagers. Limit to 8oz. per day. Avoid giving an infant or baby a bottle or sippy cup of milk/juice before going to bed. Nursing kids with teeth at night and going to bed without brushing can cause cavities!

3.     Why take care of my children’s baby teeth if they will fall out? By definition, cavities are an infection. If left untreated, these cavities will continue to get bigger and...
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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body!

Posted by American Pediatric Dental on Monday, February 8, 2016 1:56 PM
As a parent we all know that a balanced, nutritious diet is essential for your child to live a healthy lifestyle. But did you know that eating patterns and food choices play an important role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease as well? We may eat with their eyes first, but our mouth, teeth, and gums are more than just tools for eating. They’re essential for the first steps in the digestion process – chewing and swallowing! The mouth is your body’s initial point of contact with the nutrients you consume. So what you feed your child impacts not only their general health but also that of their teeth and gums. In fact, if their nutrition is poor, the first signs often show up in their oral health.

While kids may not go for the raw broccoli and plain celery sticks, there are plenty of tasty snacks you can prepare for hungry, healthy mouths. Take the time to teach your little one what foods fight tooth decay and encourage them to enjoy healthier options. Eating a variety of foods is the way to go for good...
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