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Halloween in North Hollywood: Teeth Cleaning and Candy

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

halloween candy and pumpkinHalloween is looming large, and while no-one wants to be a kill-joy, this time of year is tough on teeth. If you are a parent it can be worrying. Many of the candy bars given out around North Hollywood will be sticky and if not thoroughly removed can remain on the teeth for long periods of time. So what is the best way to remove them?

Crispy, Crunchy, Sticky Bars

Crispy, crunchy bars like Butterfinger can shatter into small pieces when eaten, and will leave fragments that stick in between the teeth. The best way to remove these types of candies is to brush the teeth as normal, making sure the toothbrush reaches right down to the gum line, paying special attention to the back teeth. This probably won’t remove it all, so help your child to use a soft dental pick or a toothpick to remove larger pieces, as flossing isn’t likely to work well with removing large fragments. Any remaining pieces can then be removed through brushing the teeth again and flossing if necessary.

Taffy

Taffy and caramel candies are possibly even worse as they stick to every tooth surface. If your child is given some of these cavity causing candies then try to persuade them to suck on the candy until it is just about dissolved, and to only chew it at the last moment when it is just about small enough to swallow. Afterwards get them to clean their teeth as soon as possible, and make sure they floss thoroughly.

Chocolate

This is the most tooth-friendly candy to eat, as chocolate quickly dissolves in the mouth, and although it may leave a residue this can easily be cleaned from the teeth. Even so, it is still best to make sure your child cleans their teeth soon after they have finished eating.

Try to make sure your child doesn’t continually snack on candies as this will increase the amount of time their teeth are exposed to sugars and carbohydrates. At least Halloween only comes once a year.

School Lunch Tips for Healthy Children’s Teeth

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

young girl holding a healthy lunchIt can be tricky to pack a tooth friendly school lunch that will appeal to children, but providing a healthy selection of foods will also help your child to concentrate and learn at school. If you are able, try to get your child involved in selecting and making foods for their own lunch, as they’re more likely to want to eat it. Tooth friendly food choices include:

  • Crunchy vegetables. Prepare an interesting selection of crunchy vegetables and cherry tomatoes and include a small pot of their favorite dip.
  • Fresh fruit is a better choice than dried, and choose fruits that have a high fiber and water content, such as apples or pears. Even though dried fruit, fruit bars and fruit snacks are easy to eat, they are high in sugar and will stick to their teeth, increasing the risk of tooth decay.
  • Dairy foods such as milk, yogurt and cheese are good choices. Pre-packaged mini cheese can be fun to eat, and is a valuable source of calcium.
  • Breads. Keep things interesting by varying the breads, as sandwiches can soon become boring. Try pita bread, bagels, flat breads, or even rice cakes; supermarkets have a huge choice, but avoid chips as these can be high in fat and salt, and will stick to their teeth.
  • Sandwich fillings. Variety is important, and lean meats or cheese, tuna, or egg are all healthy choices. Dips can often make good spreads, so try hummus, tzatziki, spinach or eggplant dips combined with other healthy fillings. Avoid fillings that are high in sugar, such as chocolate spread or honey.
  • Muffins. If you have the time bake your own more tooth-friendly muffins for an occasional treat. Healthy choices include zucchini, banana and carrot.

It is best to pack water or milk for your child to drink, and avoid sodas and fruit juices that are high in sugar. Make sure you pack foods that are easy to eat, and which aren’t sticky or messy as these are likely to come back uneaten.

What to Look For in a Dentist

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

general dentistryChoosing a dentist is an important task; you want to pick someone you can build up a real relationship with, as after all they will be looking after your dental health for years to come. So what are the things that you really need to look for in a North Hollywood dentist?

Convenient Dentist Office Location

Your new dentist needs to be conveniently located so there’s absolutely no excuse for not making your appointments for check-ups. Ideally they should be located close to work or to home.

Are They Welcoming?

Your dental practice should be somewhere you feel comfortable visiting. When you walk into their office do you immediately feel at ease?

Can They Treat All Your Family?

A family oriented practice will welcome everyone regardless of age. People’s dental needs change over time, and a good practice will be able to accommodate them.

Do They Use State-Of-The-Art Dentistry Technology?

It’s important to pick a dentist who is interested in keeping their knowledge and their equipment bang up-to-date, as they will be able to provide you with the highest quality services in comfortable surroundings.

Do They Practice Conservative and Preservatives Dentistry?

Your teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but they can only do so with proper dental care so choose a dentist who is concerned with preventative and conservative care. They’ll help you take care of your teeth so they can last as long as possible, and will be willing to spend the time advising you on how best to prevent dental diseases.

Do They Provide All the Services you’re Likely to Need?

Most people will need dental care designed to preserve and restore their teeth, but cosmetic dentistry is becoming more common. If this is something you’re interested in, pick a dentist who offers cosmetic dental care, as it’s far more convenient to receive treatment from a dentist you already know and trust.

Tips on Making Tooth Brushing Fun for Your Kids

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

pediatric dental careWhat Can You Do?

Just about every parent knows the importance of brushing and flossing each day to prevent dental disasters, but it can be tricky to maintain young children’s good oral habits; they can always find something more fun to do than brush their teeth. So how can you make it more interesting, and how can you get them to concentrate for just a few minutes, twice a day on this important task?

    • Choose a child oriented toothbrush, such as one decorated with their favorite character, or a brush that plays a two minute tune while they brush. Get them involved with the choice to keep their interest.

 

    • Electric or battery-powered toothbrushes are great, as they have a built-in timer that will let them know when those all-important 2 minutes are up. Alternatively you can give them a manual toothbrush, but make sure there’s a timer in the bathroom and get them to use it.

 

    • Choose toothpaste in the flavor they like, as this will make them more willing to use it, or even give them a choice of flavors just to keep things interesting.

 

    • Keep tooth brushing fun by brushing your teeth alongside them, as this will give you the ideal opportunity to check they are doing it properly, and they can imitate you!

 

    • Supply them with flossers especially designed for kids. These will fit comfortably into their hands and make flossing easier.

 

  • If your child is reluctant to brush their teeth, then set up an award system that counts the number of times they brush their teeth each week on a chart or calendar. Keep them involved by discussing suitable rewards with them.

Getting and keeping kids interested in tooth brushing isn’t easy, but you will be rewarded by seeing their healthy smile, and the knowledge that you have set them on the right path for a lifetime of great oral health. Also remember that in additional brushing teeth at home that regular cleanings with a child dentist is an essential part of keeping your child’s teeth shining!

Dental Care for the Whole Family

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

family dentistryPeople’s dental needs change as they get older, but a family oriented dental practice can offer dental care for everyone in your household, regardless of age.

Dental Care for Children

Good dental care begins early, and you should find your dental office offers:

  • Dental check-ups for your child once their first tooth has erupted.
  • Advice on how to care for your child’s primary teeth, including how to floss and brush.
  • Regular checks to make sure their teeth and jaw are developing normally.
  • Advice on the need for any orthodontic treatment as they begin to gain their permanent teeth.
  • Dental sealants to protect the chewing surfaces of their permanent back teeth.
  • Sports mouth guards and care for childhood injuries to teeth.
  • Advice on preventing cavities and tooth decay.
  • Preventative dental care including regular cleanings.

Dental Care for Adults

Having access to great dental care as a child should help minimize problems as an adult, but it is still vitally important to visit the dentist regularly. Care offered should include:

  • Preventative dental care including regular cleanings and advice on maintaining oral health.
  • A complete range of general dentistry services including fillings, root canals and restorative dentistry such as crowns, veneers and dental implants.
  • Advice and information on cosmetic dental treatments.
  • Information and additional care for pregnant women as the hormonal changes will affect their oral health.
  • Information and additional care for people with systemic diseases such as diabetes.
  • Regular screenings for oral cancer.

Dental Care Later in Life

Aging can bring new oral health challenges that can be addressed by your family dentist with continuing oral health care.

  • Prescription medications can affect oral health, bringing problems such as dry mouth that may require additional dental care.
  • Medical conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis and diabetes may affect dental health and treatments.
  • Older people with dentures could need additional advice on caring for them or replacing them with dental implants.

Different ages bring different dental challenges, but a good family dental practice will be well-equipped to make sure you and your family can enjoy good oral health throughout life.

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