Sippy Cups Can Lead to Childhood Tooth Decay. Part 3

Ironically, both Bowers and Updyke say the AAPD and other dental organizations have done an effective job of teaching parents and doctors about the dangers of nursing bottles. Continue reading

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Sippy Cups Can Lead to Childhood Tooth Decay. Part 2

None of this appeases Updyke, who feels the sippy cup problem is a little secret most pediatric dentists know about but few want to discuss in public.
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Sippy Cups Can Lead to Childhood Tooth Decay. Part 1

Dr. John Updyke has to bite his tongue every time he sees a young child sucking down sugary juices in one of those training cups, often called “sippy cups.” The pediatric dentist with a practice in Austin, Texas, sees the sad results in his office day after day.
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Do Not Use Bleach-at-Home Kits

Dentists in general and the ADA in particular do not sanction over-the-counter bleaching kits for a host of reasons. According to Atlanta-based Dr. Ronald Goldstein, author of “Change Your Smile,” bleaching is not a “one size fits all” procedure. Continue reading

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Bad Breath When to Call the Doctor or Dentist

Having bad breath is usually not a serious matter (other than the negative effects it may have on your social life).

But under certain circumstances, bad breath may point to other health problems. It is wise to call on the doctor or dentist if the following circumstances exist:

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10 Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist

Why is this treatment being recommended now? Some dental problems are best treated at an early age while your child’s jaws are still growing. Others can wait.

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Bad Breath & Digestive Problems

Q.For five months, I have been having problems with bad breath. I’ve been to the dentist twice, and that’s not the problem. I also had an MRI that ruled out any sinus problem. One doctor suggested that I have a “slow” stomach/digestive system — that the food sits in my stomach too long and some of the gases creep back up. Continue reading

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A New Way to Whiten Your Teeth

You might call it a “band-aid approach.” Having a whiter, brighter smile may be as easy as wearing strips on your teeth for only an hour a day.

They’re called Whitestrips. The thin, plastic strips are coated with 4 percent hydrogen peroxide. That active ingredient can remove stains within the teeth as well as on the surface.

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Teeth Care for Kids

Teeth health starts with proper eating habits — although not completely avoiding sweets, just finding the proper balance.

Teeth health starts with proper eating habits. Sweets don’t have to be avoided, but there has to be the proper balance. When it’s time to select the foods your children are going to eat, if candy is going to be eaten, teach them to keep their teeth healthy.
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Toothpaste, What Are You Swallowing?

Ever wonder why there is a warning label on a tube of toothpaste? Why do we need warning labels on what we put in our mouths, everyday?! Should our children be using it? How about younger ones who swallow it?

Let’s explore the ingredients in toothpaste; telling you what else they make from these same chemicals and compounds found in it.

Back in the 1840’s, toothpowder contained ground-up coral, cuttlefish bone, burnt eggshells or porcelain. They were colored purple with cochineal, which is derived from the bodies of tropical scale insects.
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