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Help Your Child Understand the Importance of Good Dental Health

If you are a typical parent, you have likely come to the realization that the last thing on you child’s mind is his or her dental health. In the fast-paced, fun-filled world of friends, sports, video games and sleepovers, what kid has time to worry about dental hygiene? That’s where we, as parents, need to step in and take on the all-important role of cheerleader for our children when it comes to their dental health!

As moms and dads, we have the privilege of preparing and empowering our kids to enjoy life to its fullest. An all-important part of that task is helping them to understand that practicing healthy lifestyle patterns is a key element in the art of successful and happy living! And, as your family’s dentist will certainly tell you, dental hygiene is an all-important part of your child’s overall physical health. But how can we successfully get this message across in a way that will have lasting impact in the lives of our kids?

Lead by Example

The best way to teach anything, of course, is by personal example. Don’t ask that your child follow a “do as I say, not as I do” policy when it comes to the practice of dental hygiene. Don’t just be a cheerleader. Set the standard! Not only will you and your teeth benefit from strong, ongoing personal dental habits, but you will find your role as cheerleader in regard to your child’s practice of oral health much easier. Set a high standard for yourself, and your child will be more likely to follow in your footsteps!

Children’s Dental Education

Further, reinforce your personal example with sound, positive information. Educate your child as to the life-long benefits that come from pursuing a healthy lifestyle, which naturally includes proper care of his or her teeth. Patiently help your child to understand that choosing the path of good health will reap countless physical, mental, emotional and social benefits, both now and in the future!

Instilling positive life lessons in our children can be an intimidating task; but it’s not as difficult as we may think. No single individual possesses more power to impact the life of a child than a parent. Don’t underestimate yourself! Your personal example alone wields an incredible impact in shaping the future lifestyle choices of your child. Add to that just a little bit of loving instruction, and you will be amazed at the results!

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9 Great Toothpastes for a Health Smile

We’ve all been there: walking down the toothpaste aisle, searching for the best toothpaste. But which toothpaste IS the best? While everyone’s needs will differ based on their goals (teeth whitening, protection against gingivitis or sensitive teeth, and more), we put together a small list to help you weed through the masses. Of course, your toothpaste is only as good as your dental team, so don’t forget to schedule your regular checkups AT LEAST once a year!

1. Crest 3D White Vivid Anti-cavity Fluoride Toothpaste – $7

If their signature strips aren’t your style, but you’re looking for whiter teeth fast, opt for Crest’s whitening toothpaste that de-stains teeth by an impressive 80% in just two weeks.

2. Tom’s of Main Cool Peppermint Wicked Fresh! Fluoride Toothpaste – $5

As an organic alternative to Crest’s toothpaste, try Tom’s of Main. Tom’s of Main is letting mother nature tackle nasty breath with this long-lasting toothpaste. It’s made from all-natural flavored oils and ingredients such as licorice root extract.

3. Colgate Total Anticavity Fluoride and Anti-gingivitis Toothpaste – Advanced Clean – $4

Between breakfast, lunch, dinner, and the occasional kiss or two, mouths can be messy. Tidy up your dirty mouth  with Colgate’s advanced cleaning toothpaste that not only whitens teeth, but prevents them from cavities, plaque buildup, and other oral diseases.

4. Go Smile AM & PM Luxury Toothpaste – $25

We’ve all been there, friends; life gets busy, and brushing gets tedious. If you find yourself skipping this bedtime ritual out of pure lack of energy, AM & PM toothpastes from Go Smile work great as reminders to brush twich a day.

5. Hello Pink Grapefruit Mint Fluoride Toothpaste – $4

For those who pass on peppermint flavors, say hello to a smile that’s cavity-free and grapefruit flavored. Brush twice a day with this friendly formula that strengthens and polishes teeth while satisfying your sweet tooth.

6. Marvis Whitening Mint Toothpaste – $14

If you find yourself unfortunately suffering from bad breath and teeth stains, up your brushing game. This dual-purpose cream from Marvis scrubs teeth stainless, and saves breath from going sour with long-lasting flavor.

7. Uncle Harry’s Toothpaste – $8

This individual pot-o-peppermint is perfect for partners with a sharing complex. Developed from plants essences, mineral clay, and sea salt, this formula is packed with hygienic benefits like remineralizing tooth enamel and strengthening teeth.

8.  GLO Science Whitening Antioxidant Toothpaste – $16

Attention basic brushers: there is such a thing as a superior tooth scrub. GLO Science features all-natural whitening silicates that practically guarantee a radiant smile.

9. Rembrandt Deeply White + Peroxide Fluoride Toothpaste – $6

Coffee might get your through the day, but unless you’re drinking through a straw, it’s seriously straining your teeth. Rembrandt’s fast acting formula is made with peroxide to specifically target and whiten yellow areas for a glowing smile that no longer resembles a dimly lit room.
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Is There a Connection Between Oral Health and Your Physical Health?

The importance of good oral health is well known; something we’ve all been taught from a young age. To avoid cavities, gum disease and tooth loss, regular visits to the dentist is crucial. However, there are also links between poor mouth health and poor body health that are not as commonly known. In this article, we will examine some of the surprising connections between the health of the mouth and the health of the body.

Oral Health and Diabetes

The connection between diabetes and periodontitis is one of the strongest of all the connections between the mouth and body. The inflammation originating in the mouth due to periodontitis weakens the body’s ability to control blood sugar. According to Pamela McClain, DDS, former president of the American Academy of Periodontology, periodontal disease further exasperates diabetes because the inflammation impairs the body’s ability to utilize insulin. But, because of the relationship between periodontics and diabetes, getting one condition under control will result in better management of the other. Good blood glucose control is vital to controlling and preventing mouth problems.

Oral Health and Heart Disease

According to Robert Bonow, MD, past president of the American Heart Association and chief of cardiology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, although there are threads of evidence between oral health and heart disease, they’re not yet tied together. However, many experts tend to agree that there are credible reasons why mouth health and heart health may be intertwined. Several of the large National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) concluded that gum disease is a significant risk factor for diseases of the blood vessels. Data from another study of more than 50,000 people found that those with fewer teeth and more gum disease had a higher risk of stroke. And yet, other studies have uncovered no association between gum disease and stroke. Despite the lack of absolute evidence completely linking gum disease and heart disease, the factors are significant enough to warrant more studies.

Oral Health and Osteoporosis

People with low bone mass might experience oral problems that their dentist may recognize as the first stages of osteoporosis. There are several signs that alert dentists to the possibility of osteoporosis such as bone loss in the jaw and around teeth, tooth loss, loose or poorly-fitting dentures, and gum disease. Early intervention can often prevent the broken bones and tooth loss that accompanies advanced osteoporosis.

Regularly scheduled dental exams and diligent care are key to overall oral health.  To schedule a checkup with 3V Dental Associates today, please contact us today. We look forward to your visit.

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85 Main Street
Port Washington, NY 11050
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