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Posts for: June, 2014

June 20, 2014
Category: Children
Tags: Children   Fluoride  

At what age do I start giving my child fluoride toothpaste?  The American Dental Association has recently changed their views on when this is appropriate.  The most recent ADA recommendations in regards to using fluoridated toothpaste is as soon as your child gets their first tooth.  Fluoride for my child:  “To help prevent cavities, parents should use a smear (an amount about the size of a grain of rice) of fluoride toothpaste for children younger than 3 years old and a pea-sized dab for those aged 3-6”.  **Previous guidelines recommended using water/non-fluoridated toothpaste to brush the teeth of children who could not spit and/or were younger than 2 years of age.  It is also recommended that they brush for 2 minutes to assure that the child has time to reach all areas. Fluoride bonds to the tooth structure making teeth more resistant to cavities.  Please work with your child to make it a fun experience and encourage good oral hygiene.  It is important to teach our children proper brushing and flossing habits when they are young so they can have a healthy dental future!  Disney has a neat little app that helps kids make sure that they are brushing as long as they need to.  Check it out at http://www.oralb.com/stages/disney-timer-app.  Call us today to make a dental checkup appointment for the little ones.

June 05, 2014
Category: Health
Tags: Diabetes   Health  

Diabetes is a challenging and life altering condition to deal with on many levels.  Did you know that it can affect how your body responds to surgeries and how quickly you heal?  There are more than one type of Diabetes and each type poses unique risks to your health and treatments.   If your blood sugar is not under control, your body’s ability to heal is hindered.  This can affect your gums, bones, and teeth! Type I Diabetes is usually referred to as insulin dependent and is usually controlled by insulin injections and close monitoring of blood sugars.  Type II Diabetes is sometimes referred to as non-insulin dependent and is usually controlled by diet, exercise, and medication if necessary.  Uncontrolled diabetes may lead to gum disease and a higher rate of cavities.  Some people do not even realize that they have diabetes until it has wreaked havoc on the body. The American Diabetes Association summarizes the common symptoms of diabetes:


               Urinating often

Feeling very thirsty

Feeling very hungry - even though you are eating

Extreme fatigue

Blurry vision

Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal

Weight loss - even though you are eating more (type 1)

Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet (type 2)

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