ORAL HYGIENE

Even before teeth erupt, it is important to clean your infant’s gums with a damp cloth or gauze pad. Teaching your child proper brushing technique and brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily will promote life-long healthy habits. Remember, mouthwash does not replace brushing or flossing. Come see us for check-up appointments ever six months starting around one year of age to monitor development and evaluate hygiene practices (and also take a trip to the treasure chest)!

NUTRITION

Diet and nutrition play a major role in determining long-term oral health. Eating a healthy, balanced diet builds strong muscles and bones, which include teeth. Foods and beverages containing sugars and acids are very harmful to teeth, so “treat treats as treats,” (Food Rules).

Visit the Sip All Day, Get Decay site by Minnesota Dental Association for great information on the damage that sodas and energy drinks cause. Acid in sports drinks, energy drinks, and sodas, whether they contain sugar or not, is the primary cause of weakened tooth enamel. An average can of soda contains around nine teaspoons of sugar. With each sip, acid attacks the teeth for approximately twenty minutes. Consider sipping on water and save those other drinks for a treat.

MOUTHGUARDS

Mouthguards and sports make a good team. As you are gearing up for sports, include a mouthguard. A blow or a fall can leave you with chipped or broken teeth or even tooth loss. A mouthguard can help prevent broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face, and jaw. A properly fitted mouthguard will stay in place and still allow you to easily talk and breathe.

OVERALL HEALTH

The mouth is a gateway into the body. Oral health impacts overall health in a number of ways. Keeping the mouth clean and healthy will positively impact many aspects of health. Bleeding gums are not normal and are one way bacteria can get into the bloodstream. Dental decay in baby teeth can lead to crowding in the adult teeth and can affect the growth of the jaw, which is why regular appointments are important to monitor development. It is also extremely imperative to talk with your dentist and pediatrician if your child snores or chronically breathes through his or her mouth, since this also can affect the growth of the jaw and size of the airway.

WEB SITE LINKS

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Sip All Day, Get Decay
Visit the Minnesota Dental Association's website for excellent resources on the impact sugar & acid have on teeth.
American Dental Association for Kids
Visit the ADA website for fun activities to do with kids as well as information about why oral health at a young age matters.
Dental Sleep Therapy of Walla Walla
Read an article about the effects snoring as a child has on development, both physical and cognizant.
VIDEOS: Brush with Dudley
Watch Dudley the dinosaur learn to brush his teeth, learn the importance of oral health, and experience losing a tooth!