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Dental Tips for Baby & Toddlers

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Dental Tips for Baby & Toddlers

Having raised 3 boys and the youngest is 9 and has his first Orthodontist Appointment next week for overcrowding teeth, I have learned a lot and am still learning about the link between dental health and overall health. Did you even know that a simple trip to the dentist can turn into a recommendation to see a Physician? When young, dental health can reveal signs of many illnesses.

Knowing this I went from thinking a good time to start dental appointments was sometime after the first teeth have emerged to even sooner then that first tooth appearance!

I really want to share these important tips below with you. It is so important that you truly understand how Dentists can make connections to improving or maintaining systemic health, many systemic diseases have oral manifestations.

Dental Tips for Baby & Toddlers

Most Asked Questions & Answers from Dr. Larry Williams of The Academy of General Dentistry and Midwestern University:

1. When should you first take your child to the dentist?

According to leading experts, the first visit should be when the first tooth erupts or at the first birthday. 

2. When should parents expect their child’s first tooth to come in?

Based on nature’s timetable, teeth can erupt at 3 months or later. If no teeth are erupted by the one-year mark, the dental visit will begin the relationship between the parent, the infant, and the dental team.

3. What can a parent expect during the first visit for their baby/toddler?

Often a first visit is simply a time to acquaint your child with the dentist and the practice. As a parent, you should reassure your child that the visit is not scary or something about which to be afraid. Short, successive visits can build the child’s comfort with the dentist and the dental office. Schedule the appointment earlier in the day, when your child is alert and refreshed. You may need to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the first examination. The first visit usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and may include any of the following, depending on the child’s age:

  • A gentle but thorough examination of the teeth, jaw, bite, gums, and oral tissues to monitor growth and development and observe any problem areas
  • A gentle cleaning, which includes polishing teeth and removing any plaque, tartar build-up, and stains
  • X-rays
  • A demonstration on how to properly care for your child’s mouth and teeth at home
  • Nutritional counseling
  • An assessment of the need for fluoride

4. How do you instill good teeth brushing habits at home?

The best way to instill habits is by starting your baby’s oral care regimen at a young age:

  • Clean your infant’s gums with a clean, damp cloth twice a day. Ask your dentist when you may begin to rub a tiny dab of toothpaste on your child’s gums. Doing so will help your child become accustomed to the flavor of toothpaste.
  • As soon as the first teeth come in, begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste.
  • Let your child begin brushing their own teeth around the age of 5 with proper instruction and supervision.

 5. What promotes tooth decay in babies and toddlers?

Just say “no” to bottles in bed. Never put your baby to sleep with a bottle or sippy cup filled with milk, formula, fruit juice, or other sweet liquid. The sugar in these beverages can cause cavities in your baby’s bottle before bedtime. If you must give your baby a bottle when he or she is going to sleep, fill the bottle with water instead.

Get more of your questions answered by starting at The Academy of General Dentistry.

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Luster Power White Deep Stain Eraser Flouride Toothpaste

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Luster Power White Deep Stain Eraser Flouride Toothpaste

I am not a smoker and maybe I can finish a cup of coffee in a morning if I am lucky. You would think I would be a lower risk for teeth discolor but I am not. My teeth are not pearly white and I try to take all precautions I know of. I also have very sensitive teeth so using bleach products are actually very uncomfortable on my teeth. Then I was introduced to Luster Premium White toothpastes and was willing to give them a try.

The Luster Power White Deep Stain Eraser® Flouride Toothpaste is all that the name suggests. It does have the flouride I want and tackles the stains I already have. In fact it states that it is capable of removing up to 95% of surface stains in 5 days. If my brain was working correctly I would have taken before and after photos, but I can tell you I started to see the difference very fast-within days.

It has 2% stabilized hydrogen peroxide to safely whiten even below the tooth’s surface. I have no sensitivity using this so far and I have had it well over a week. It was actually developed by Dentists so they had the common tooth issues in mind such as sensitivity and safe ingredients. Your child 12 and older can use this toothpaste as well.

You will still brush the normal twice daily or as directed by your dentist for teeth brushing. It is less than $7 too so that is a fantastic price for teeth whitening products that are truly effective and safe.

You can visit to find a retailer near you. Most retailers you shop at will carry this. Whether you smoke or did smoke, consume coffee, wine and/or tea this these products will tackle those stains and now you know it is safe and made to be effective.

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Zap Cavity Monsters with Zollipops the Clean Teeth Pops

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Zap Cavity Monsters with Zollipops the Clean Teeth Pops

Now that you are done with dessert…have a lollipop! Because of a brilliant little girl who had a concept at age 7 to create a lollipop that is good for your teeth you can have some candy after dessert. And you should! Xylitol, Erythritol, Stevia-a triple threat to those nasty cavity monsters have come together in the form of lollipops, taffy and candy drops.

It was her little sister that came up with the name Zollipops! These are the suckers and now there are Zollidrops and ZaffiTaffy. Zollipops and Zollidrops are sugar free, non-GMO, gluten free, dairy-free, vegan, kosher and made with natural flavors and colors in the USA.

What is Xylitol?
Xylitol is an all-natural sugar alcohol that is in many fruits and vegetables. It is so natural we actually produce small amounts in our bodies. With over 40 years of studies and safe records, Xylitol is proven effective. Because Xylitol is absorbed by our body slowly and with only small amounts being absorbed, you get a sweetness with very little calories. It has a low glycemic index of about 7 (most sugars are over 80). It is so low that the body does not require insulin to metabolize it.
How can Xylitol help with dental care?
Did you know that chewing gum after each meal freshens your breath and can help fight acid reflux and heartburn symptoms. Consuming sugar-free chewing gums and candies manufactured with xylitol as the primary sweetener have already received official endorsements from six national dental associations. By reducing acidity, we can help take away the power from those little cavity monsters!
Erythritol is just like Xylitol only a tad smaller molecule size. And Stevia is also a plant with no added calories and sweet like sugar. So all 3 are natural sweeteners with the added benefit of not causing cavities and actually raises the pH in your mouth and reduces the acids that the cavity monsters need to grow the bacteria we don’t want.
So grab a Zollipop in your favorite flavor- strawberry, grape, orange, cherry, raspberry and pineapple. See Anthony hare a bit more about the brand below:

My BEWARE: Xylitol is easily fatal in dogs so always be careful your dogs or pets cannot access your xylitol foods.
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Boka Natural Oral Care Boxes

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Back to school has happened and there are so many tasks to add to our daily schedule. Back to homework, school lunches, events, bus routes, bedtime and meal routines. In a perfect world we would have extra time in our day to be 100% on top of our normal healthy regimen from dental hygiene to bacterial and cold and flu health and prevention. As for our oral care we would brush after each meal-even at school-in that perfect world. Instead we send the kids off to burger day or salad bar at the school and that meal sits on their teeth and hopefully they didn’t crash on us at night getting used to the new routine before they brushed their teeth.

Boka has made oral care health a no-brainer. Not only do they put together natural dental products for you and your children, they even make it easy to remember when to switch out your toothbrushes which need to happen every 3 months.

You can subscribe or shop at Boka. If you subscribe, you can see the products being sent to you from within the shop. Most boxes are monthly subscriptions for various products that can run anywhere from $15-$30 or more each box. The Boka box kit starts at just $14.50 and that is for every 3 months. You build a kit for your family and every 3 months a new one arrives-just in time for fresh toothbrush changes for everyone.

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I sampled a kit and in my kit is:

  • Oral Health Care Guide
  • Natural Toothpaste-Mint
  • Mint Floss
  • 1 Toothbrush
  • 2 Natural cocorinse packets for natural oil pulling

I priced my kit out to be $14.50 every 3 months (the oil pulling samples were extra throw-ins). If I wanted to commit to a year, the price works out to be only $12.33 per box (every 3 months). That means that to subscribe to a Boka kits per person you will pay $4.11-$4.83 a month. The floss alone is $4. Of all subscriptions kits I have ever seen from beauty to health and even pets, this is by far the best in cost.

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Boka toothbrushes have black bristles for a reason. This is because Boka toothbrushes are made with activated charcoal. These activated charcoal will naturally help prevent odor causing bacteria from building up on your brush. The bristles are soft so it is gentle on your gums and the ends are tapered so it can tackle the plaque easier. Also for every Boka brush purchased, they will donate a toothbrush to their nonprofit partner Surge. They work hard to bring life-sustaining water to those in need.

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The Boka toothpaste and floss are all natural. The toothpaste is made with natural ingredients and essential oils like peppermint and mint. There is no SLS, fluoride, triclosan, artificial flavors or parabens. The floss is wrapped in natural beeswax and is Teflon and petroleum-free.

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Head to Boka to shop or subscribe and leave the dental guide and timeline to them so you can worry about all the other things that go along with the school year. Visit Boka –> Website | Facebook | Twiiter
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