Friday, May 29, 2009
It’s no secret that sweet, sugary candies and drinks have an adverse effect of the health of your smile, but what about sour or tart candies? We at Pediatric Dental Specialists thought you might want to know what kind of an effect does eating or drinking something sour have on my smile?
Recent research from the Minnesota Dental Association suggests that the amount of acid in sour candies is enough to eat away at tooth enamel and cause cavities. Here are a few souring facts about sour candies, and some helpful tips on how to protect your teeth from Pediatric Dental Specialists(even if you cannot give up sour candies all together).
-Sour candies can be very acidic, and may actually burn the gums and cheeks, while weakening and wearing down the enamel on your teeth. (Check the acid levels in some of your favorite candies)
-It can take almost 20 minutes for the acid in sour candies to become neutral. Holding the acid in your mouth by sucking on sour hard candies or chewing sour gummies can keep the acid active for more than 20 minutes.
-The acid in sour candies can cause cavities and severe tooth decay.
Protect your teeth
-Limit the amount of sour candies that you eat on a daily basis, and if you do indulge, remember not to suck or chew on sour candies for long periods of time.
-After eating sour candies, rinse your mouth out with water, drink milk, or eat a couple slices of cheese. This will help neutralize the acid in your mouth (wait at least one hour before brushing your teeth with toothpaste, as this can actually increase the effects of acid on your teeth)
-If tooth erosion has already begun, ask your dentist about ways you can help reduce sensitivity and continue to protect your teeth.
Hope this helps! From Pediatric Dental Specialists.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Pediatric Dental Specialists wants to know, where does all that soda pop go?
On average, the typical person consumes over 50 gallons of soda pop per year! The amount of acid and sugar found in a can of soda can cause serious tooth decay and lead to cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss!
We at Pediatric Dental Specialists know that you don’t want to lose your teeth, so take the soda pop quiz, presented by the Minnesota Dental Association, and learn more about how to keep your smile healthy.
It’s a fun interactive quiz, so enjoy! From Pediatric Dental Specialists.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
At Pediatric Dental Specialists, we take a special interest in our patients and their development. One ways that they develop socially and physically is through learning to ride a bike.
Learning to ride a bicycle can be challenging. But it is so rewarding. So Dr. Cortez, Dr. Sanchez, and Dr. Planells found these great tips on the American Association of Pediatric web site and wanted to share them.
--Do not push your child to ride a 2-wheeled bike until he or she is ready, at about age 5 or 6. Consider the child's coordination and desire to learn to ride. Stick with coaster (foot) brakes until your child is older and more experienced for hand brakes.
--Take your child with you when you shop for the bike, so that he or she can try it out. The value of a properly fitting bike far outweighs the value of surprising your child with a new one. Click here for more information on finding the proper fit.
--Buy a bike that is the right size, not one your child has to "grow into." Oversized bikes are especially dangerous.
--Your child needs to wear a helmet on every bike ride, no matter how short or how close to home. Many accidents happen in driveways, on sidewalks, and on bike paths, not just on streets. Children learn best by observing you. Whenever you ride, put on your helmet.
--When purchasing a helmet, look for a label or sticker that says the helmet meets the CPSC safety standard.
--A helmet protects your child from serious injury, and should always be worn. And remember, wearing a helmet at all times helps children develop the helmet habit.
--A helmet should be worn so that it is level on the head, not tipped forwards or backwards. The strap should be securely fastened, and you should not be able to move the helmet in any direction. If needed, the helmet's sizing pads can help improve the fit.
Safe bicycle riding to everyone! From Pediatric Dental Specialists!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Summer is coming and with it comes lots of swimming! Here are some helpful tips from Pediatric Dental Specialists that we found on the American Association of Pediatricians' web site.
--Install a fence at least four-feet high around all four sides of the pool. The fence should not have openings or protrusions that a young child could use to get over, under, or through.
--Make sure pool gates open out from the pool, and self-close and self-latch at a height children can't reach.
--Never leave children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment.
--Keep rescue equipment (a shepherd's hook - a long pole with a hook on the end - and life preserver) and a portable telephone near the pool. Choose a shepherd's hook and other rescue equipment made of fiberglass or other materials that do not conduct electricity.
--Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as "floaties." They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give children a false sense of security.
--Children may not be developmentally ready for swim lessons until after their fourth birthday. Swim programs for children under 4 should not be seen as a way to decrease the risk of drowning.
--Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm's length, providing "touch supervision."
Have more questions about your children this summer? Give us a call at Pediatric Dental Specialists, we'd love to help!