Turn Your Child Into the Best Brusher & Avoid Cavities

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Your child’s oral health is very important. It sets the stage for their smile for the rest of their lives. Introducing your kids to good oral health habits at a young age ensures they will carry those habits with them as they get older. 

Consider these facts:

  • A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report from 2007 shows the number of cavities in children ages 2 to 5 have increased from a decade ago. 
  • In a 2004 study, tooth decay was found to be the most common chronic childhood disease, 5 times as common as asthma.
  • A 2000 report found that dental-related illnesses result in a loss of more than 51 million school hours each year.

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Do not fret! You can make oral care fun and easy for your kiddos. 

  • Brush and floss your teeth together to set a good example. (Yes, parents, you need to floss, too)
  • Sing a song or nursery rhyme for 2 minutes to help the process seem to go by faster for your kids.
  • Pick a fun toothbrush with your kids’ favorite character on it.
  • Pick a toothpaste that is flavorful to the child. Ask your dentist for samples.
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This cool toothbrush holder for kids can hold up to 4 toothbrushes. $19.99 at ModCloth.com

Other tips for success: 

1.    Brush teeth twice a day and floss once a day
2.   Change your child’s toothbrush every 3 months to ensure they always brush their best
3.   Have your child’s teeth checked by a dentist twice a year, starting at age 1.
4.   Limit sugary snacks and drinks like juice, sports drinks and soda to help prevent  cavities.

Following these simple guidelines is a great place to start to ensure that your child will lead a life with less cavities and create the habits of a well-oiled brusher and flosser. Good luck, and happy flossing! 

No Cavities? You Can Thank The Fluoride!

People fall into three categories, there’s the “What the heck is fluoride” category, the “NO! I don’t want fluoride” category, and the “Duh, give me the fluoride” category. Although we’re hoping that our patients fall into the latter of the three we know that certainly isn’t the case. Our office is in Sacramento County, a county that does not fluoridate its water. An interesting concept considering that the centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls fluoridation “one of the 10 most valuable public health measures of the 20th century.” (Read that here: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00056796.htm)

What’s all the fuss about anyway? Fluoride was introduced and the rates of tooth decay decreased significantly in communities who adopted fluoridated drinking water. Fluoridated drinking water was so successful that soon it seemed everything contained fluoride:  orange juice, milk, toothpastes, drops, gels, and ingestible tablets. So while decay was on the decline, over fluoridation was on the rise.Fluoride In Water

This sparked an enormous debate that is still going strong and is not wavering. Over fluoridation called fluorosis, can create dark spots or white spots on the teeth because fluoride used too much will be poisonous. Fluorosis is rarely a result of fluoridated drinking water.  Just like one drink at the end of a long day is fine, 19 drinks will kill you. The CDC, American Dental Association (ADA), and most national health agencies endorse fluoride.

Think about this, less tooth decay means less visits to the dentist and less of your money going to the dentist, but yet all the dental associations and all the dentists you know ENCOURAGE you to get fluoride. That must mean that is a beneficial mineral for your teeth.

Fluoride provided in the office is not swallowed; it is applied topically, just like toothpaste. The fluoride helps to strengthen your teeth by filling the porous surfaces of your teeth with vitamins and minerals. According to the CDC, every $1 invested in fluoridated saves approximately $38 in dental treatment costs.

But still, this effort to fluoride communities has been called an unconstitutional form of mass medication and the culprit for medical issues such as AIDS, Down syndrome, all forms and cancer, the list goes on. Although no scientific data validates these claims, fluorosis (over fluoridation) does occur. Therefore, babies younger than 6 months old should not be given fluoride, their formula should not be prepared with fluoridated water and children that are younger than 2 years of age are advised not to use fluoridate toothpaste. For all children, toothpaste use should be monitored, kept out of their reach, and made sure to be spit out.

For information on flossing visit this article: https://bestsacramentodentist.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/irritated-bleeding-gums-and-flossing_sacramentodentist/

Sacramento Kids Receive Free Dental

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (February 7, 2012) –  February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and on Feb. 4, seven Sacramento dentists gave free dental care to 50 pre-screened children at Carrington College as a part of the “Smile 4 Kids” program. The event was hosted by the Sacramento District Dental Society. The event was created in conjunction with the American Dental Association’s “Give Kids a Smile” annual campaign which aims to treat children who fall between the cracks in healthcare and who could not otherwise receive dental treatment.

 Hoang Truong, D.D.S. in Natomas is passionate about dentistry and helping those in need. On February 4 she donated her Saturday to provide free dentistry through the “Smile for Kids” program. Dr. Truong treated six children in desperate need of dental care.

 This is Truong’s fourth year to participate in “Smiles for Kids” and tenth time to participate in programs which aim to donate free dental work to those in need. Through Loma Linda’s School of Dentistry Truong donated free dentistry to orphans in Belize, Guatemala, and Vietnam.

Born in Vietnam Dr. Truong moved to West Sacramento in 1989. She attended Riverside High School in West Sacramento. Dr. Truong is still giving back to her alma mater by serving an assistant tennis coach. Dr. Truong owns Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry on West El Camino Avenue, Sacramento, California. Readers may inquire about Dr. Truong at http://www.gatewaydentalsmiles.com.

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“The Tooth Keeper” participating in Smiles 4 Kids day at Carrington College.

ABOUT GATEWAY DENTAL

Gateway Dental is a comprehensive family dentistry in South Natomas. Gateway Dental’s services include preventative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, endodontics, periodontics, teeth whitening, and dentures. Gateway Dental is one of two practicing oral sedation dentistry’s in Natomas. Dr. Truong has been practicing since 2006 and received her dental degree from Loma Linda University. She has owned Gateway Dental with her husband since 2008. It is located on 2550 West El Camino Avenue, Suite 9, Sacramento, Calif. 95833. You may call (916) 649-0249. Gateway Dental is a Natomas Chamber of Commerce member.

 

Contact: Kristen Vice/Cell: (916) 622-6184/kristenvice@live.com/www.GatewayDentalSmiles.com