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Archive for January, 2016

29 Jan 2016

Dentistry in Schools


The importance of dental hygiene is something that has been stressed by dental professionals for years. There have been many initiatives to get people more involved with taking an active stance with their own dental health and the importance this has on their overall health as well.

As the world is constantly moving and growing so to must the approach of reaching people. An Iowa high school has decided to take things to a new level and make the concept of dental health and integral part of everything they do.

“A new dental clinic inside Scavo High School gives students the opportunity to visit the dentist within the walls of their school. The clinic, which is the first of its kind in Iowa, provides cleaning, filling and teeth removal services. The clinic has had 20 appointments since it opened and school officials have already noticed a difference in class attendance. The clinic has the capacity of serving 15 students a day. The clinic provides services to any students attending Des Moines Public Schools.”

This is truly a revolutionary way to give students better access to dental health care and to help establish better routines for them to help them maintain better dental.

21 Jan 2016

Babies and Dental Health


Dental health is something that is very important, even if you don’t have any teeth yet! Creating the optimal environment for tooth development will ensure that when the teeth do arrive that they are healthy and strong.

Some people may believe that caring for your child’s baby teeth isn’t all that important since they end up falling out and being replaced by adult teeth, but this type of thinking is what can create more oral care issues in the future.

“Starting your child off with good dental habits — even before a tooth makes its grand appearance — can help keep their teeth healthy, strong and protected for decades to come. Baby teeth preserve the spacing for the permanent ones; not caring for them properly can lead to tooth decay and/or gingivitis, which can affect the spacing of the permanent teeth.

Ways to avoid cavities and tooth decay:

• Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk, formula or juice — the sugar will stick to the teeth;
• Don’t leave the bottle in the child’s mouth for a long period of time, especially if they are not feeding from it;
• Drink water after every meal/bottle feeding;
• If water is not available, run a damp washcloth over their teeth.”

If you have a baby and want to know the best ways to help promote the best dental health for their mouth, contact your Ottawa dentist.