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Two new front teeth!

Oral problems can impact self-esteem for children and lead 
to problems eating, speaking, and attending to learning.

Children and Oral Health

Dental decay is one of the most common chronic infectious diseases among U.S. children. This preventable health problem begins early: 17% of children aged 2-4 years have already had decay. By the age of 8, approximately 52% of children have experienced decay, and by the age of 17, dental decay affects 78% of children. Among low-income children, almost 50% of tooth decay remains untreated, and may result in pain, dysfunction, underweight, and poor appearance — problems that can greatly reduce a child's capacity to succeed in the educational environment.

     When these problems are not caught early and treated, they can develop into more severe problems and cause unnecessary suffering.  Remember much of the time oral problems are avoidable problems.

Source: CDC, Dentistry Today.

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You know you have won a little patients heart when seeing their dentist is the "high" for their day

Fluoride Toothpaste Significantly Reduces Childhood Cavities

A review of 50 years of clinical trails (74 studies involving more than 42,000 children under the age of 16)  firmly establishes that in children brushing with toothpaste containing fluoride results in 24% less cavities than does brushing with non fluoridated toothpaste.  This study conferred:


greater cavity reduction by brushing twice a day or more with fluorided toothpaste than only once a day.


brushing with toothpaste containing a higher concentration of fluoride is associated with greater reduction in cavities.


fluorided toothpaste with give greater benefits in  those with higher levels of decayed, missing and filled teeth.


brushing with fluoride toothpaste provides additional reduction of cavities even if children live in areas with fluoridated water

Fluoride Toothpaste Significantly Reduces Childhood Cavities, pg 44, Dentistry Today 2/03

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Boys Develop Extra Teeth More Often Than Girls
Boys are more than twice as likely as girls to develop extra teeth, according to a study of more than 150 children.

About three-fourths of the children had only one extra tooth, 18 percent had two, and 5 percent had three or more. The children ranged in age from 5 to 15.

Ninety percent of the extra teeth were in the top front of the mouth. Only about one-fourth of the extra teeth had erupted into the mouth.

Other research also has shown that extra teeth, also called supernumerary teeth, are more common in males than in females.

About two in every 100 people have at least one extra tooth. Some are of normal shape and size, but many are underdeveloped. The top front of the mouth is the most common place for extra teeth to appear. They can interfere with the eruption of other teeth or can cause crowding. Often, the extra teeth have to be extracted.

July, International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry; Nancy Volkers InteliHealth News Service

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Soda deals in schools kick kids in the teeth!

Soda vending machines are everywhere in schools today.  Soda consumption has increase from 22.2 gallons of cola per person a year in 1970 to 56 gallons per person a year in 1999, meaning about 14 million gallons of soda were consumed in the U.S. that year.  Many dentists are worried that the increase in soda consumption is leading to an increase in decay in children  A lot of parents are not aware of what their children are drinking.  One of our patients would drink 4-6 cans of Coke a day and came in with 32 cavities!  The good news is we educated him about his oral health and a year later he only had 2 cavities.

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Dental exams are important to insure a healthy smile


Check Your Child's Brushing

Listerine has introduced Agent Cool Blue© mouth rinse.  It has a chemical in it that identifies the bacterial buildup that we call plaque.   

Here’s how it works:  after brushing (and, for those old enough to do it,  flossing), you rinse with Agent Cool Blue.  Any area you missed will show a blue stain.  Brush and floss away the stain, and you get the areas you were missing.   If you suspect that your child is trying to pull a fast one on you by brushing quickly and poorly,  a surprise post-brushing inspection with Agent Cool Blue will reveal the truth.

New Clue to Tooth Decay Could Lead to Dental Advances

A study comparing antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), a group of small proteins that occur naturally in human saliva and act like antibiotics against oral bacteria, could lead to new ways to screen children for
risk of tooth decay and protect them against this common, chronic problem.
Oral examinations performed on 149 middle school children. Researchersat the University of Washington in Seattle set out to determine a possible correlation between dental caries prevalence in children and salivary concentrations of three types of antimicrobial peptides. Results found that children with no tooth decay had higher levels of one particular type of AMP (alpha defensin) than children with tooth decay. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research,
part of the Nation al Institutes of Health, funded the study.
The study, "Salivary Antimicrobial Peptide Expression and Dental Caries Experience in Children," published in the September 2005 issue of the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 1/06

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What can Kids do to protect their teeth?

Try these things to help take steps to prevent acid from damaging enamel of your teeth when you drink soda:

bulletAfter drinking pop, rinse out your mouths with water to wash away excess sugar that bacteria consumes to create acid.
bulletTry drinking pop with a straw to reduce sugar-exposure to your teeth.
bulletDrink soda from a can, not a bottle with a replaceable cap, to prevent sipping throughout the day, which only increase acid attacks.
bulletDrink sugar-free products or bottled water.

Source: DentalNotes Summer 2001
Nutrition Site for this age group: Smart Mouth

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In children under age 16, regular brushing with fluoridated 
toothpaste results in 24 percent fewer cavities than does 
brushing with non-fluoridated toothpaste.
(Jan, 2003;

February 06, 2008

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