Four Steps to a Healthy Summer Smile for Kids

Summer is here and your kids are home and eating more snacks than usual. Candies, cakes, cookies and other sugary foods that kids love to eat between meals can cause tooth decay. They may even have a lot of fat in them too. So what should you do? According to colgate.com there are some things you can do to help your kids have healthier teeth.

KNOW WHAT FOODS ARE BAD FOR YOUR TEETH AND WHAT FOODS ARE GOOD

Candy bars aren’t the only culprits. Foods such as pizza, breads, and hamburger buns may also contain sugars. Check the label. The new food labels identify sugars and fats on the Nutrition Facts panel on the package. Keep in mind that brown sugar, honey, molasses and syrups also react with bacteria to produce acids, just as refined table sugar does. These foods also are potentially damaging to teeth.

Your child’s meals and snacks should include a variety of foods from the basic food groups, including fruits and vegetables; grains, including breads and cereals; milk and dairy products; and meat, nuts and seeds. Some snack foods have greater nutritional value than others and will better promote your child’s growth and development. However, be aware that even some fresh fruits, if eaten in excess, may promote tooth decay. Children should brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste after snacks and meals. (So should you!)

Four  simple steps you can take include:

  • Cut back on bottled water.  Tap water includes fluoride.
  • Eat more apples and celery.  Highly fibrous foods give your gums a workout.
  • Substitute low fat, no sugar added yogurt for ice cream. It tastes great too!
  • Stock up on straws.  Sipping acidic liquids are less harmful to your teeth.

Summer can be a healthy time for your kids with more outdoor activities.  By watching what they eat, you can help make it healthier for their (and your) teeth too.

 

 

Crown Me!

You probably already know that at Brogdon Dental you can get a new crown in one visit. If you have recently been told you need a crown or you have never had one before, you might wonder why crowns are necessary and what is involved in the process.

The  most common reasons a dentist will suggest a crown are:

  • to restore the shape of excessively worn teeth
  • to repair a tooth that has been chipped or broken
  • to repair and strengthen a tooth that is too decayed to be fixed with a filling

A  crown is basically a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over your original  tooth and it will both protect your tooth and return it to its original  shape. Broken or decayed teeth can be painful, especially if nerves are  exposed, and also dangerous because decay can progress deeper causing  infection and other complications.  Usually  when you get a crown, it requires several visits to the dentist’s office. Most of the time, the dentist will prepare your existing tooth  and make a cast for a lab to create the crown, then give you a temporary  crown until your permanent one is ready. Then you go back, have the  temporary crown removed and your permanent one put in.

At Brogdon Dental, we know that your time is as important as your smile so we now use a revolutionary tool that creates a permanent crown in about an hour called CEREC. After taking a 3D image of your tooth, our CEREC machine can create a strong, beautiful restoration in about an hour. We’ll permanently place the crown during your single visit, and you’ll leave our office with a full, healthy smile. Call us today to schedule an appointment and find out more!

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