7 Ways to Improve Your Baby’s Dental Health

7 Ways to Improve Your Baby’s Dental HealthYour baby’s new teeth are healthy and it’s natural that you’ll want to keep them that way. To help you along, our dentist at McGlone Dental Care in Denver wants to share 7 ways to improve your baby’s dental health. First of all, good dental habits start as soon as they have teeth and maybe even before.

Now, let’s look at the 7 ways to improve your baby’s dental health.

Dental Check-Ups

Make sure your child goes to the dentist for a check-up before their first birthday. It’s important to have our dentist make sure everything is going well. Even a CDC report shows that dental care costs can be reduced by about 40% over a period of five years for children who visit a dentist before the age of 5.

Plus, starting early typically helps kids get more comfortable going to the dentist.

Good Dental Habits

This is crucial to the health of your baby’s teeth. Start by using water and a soft baby toothbrush, or if you want you can use a soft washcloth to clean their gums even before their teeth appear. Once your baby has teeth, you should brush them twice per day using a baby toothbrush and a little bit of fluoride toothpaste.

When their teeth touch, that’s the time to start flossing. Gently brush their teeth and then floss right before bedtime. Remember, once their teeth are brushed don’t give them anything else to eat or drink unless it’s water. If you do, be sure to brush their teeth again.

Finally, don’t give your child mouthwash until they can spit it out without swallowing it.

Limit Sippy Cups

Sippy cups are great to help get kids off of the bottle, but they really shouldn’t be using them all day. The reason is that constant use of sippy cups causes tooth decay on the back of the front teeth. If they drink sugary drinks from a sippy cup it is even worse. The use of a sippy cup should be limited.

No Pacifier Past Age Two or Three

Pacifiers are fine, but don’t let your children use a pacifier after they are two or three years of age. Using a pacifier beyond that can affect the arrangement of their teeth and the shape of their mouth.

No Bottle At Bedtime

It’s important not to let your child lay down for a nap or bedtime with a bottle of juice or milk. What happens is the sugary liquids stick to their teeth. This keeps bacteria on the tooth enamel and can cause the teeth to rot. If they have to have a bottle, go with water.

Restrict Juice

Did you know that giving your child large quantities of juice can lead to tooth decay? When you do give them juice make sure it is 100% juice and only give them four ounces each day. If you can, restrict juice only at mealtimes and as a treat, not as a regular drink.

Brush After Medicine

The medicines your child might have to take for a cold or even for asthma are often loaded with sugar to make them taste better. However, sugary medicines can stick to their teeth and lead to cavities.

In addition, you should be aware that some asthma medicines and antibiotics can create an excess of candida. This can cause a fungal infection known as oral thrush. The warning signs of oral thrush are creamy, curd-like patches inside the mouth or on the tongue.

To keep your child’s teeth strong and healthy, we’re here to help starting with a check-up before their first birthday. Our dentist at McGlone Dental Care in Denver can discuss the 7 ways to improve your baby’s dental health and check their teeth. Good dental habits begin young, so call or contact us today.

Why Do We Suffer From Tooth Sensitivity?

Why Do We Suffer From Tooth Sensitivity?Do you ever wonder why do we suffer from tooth sensitivity? Do your teeth ever hurt when you eat ice cream or acidic foods? Our dental team at McGlone Dental Care in Denver assures you that most of the time tooth sensitivity is not a major dental problem.

Of course, we know that it can be uncomfortable and bothersome, but we can help you manage it and make sure it doesn’t lead to something more serious like tooth decay. For now, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you may be experiencing tooth sensitivity.

You may be using the wrong toothpaste or mouthwash.

You may not know this, but sometimes manufacturers of dental products like toothpaste add chemicals that are too strong for your teeth. These added chemicals may be wearing down your tooth enamel.

If this occurs then your teeth are stripped of their protective layer. If the nerve endings of the teeth are exposed from the outside, your teeth become sensitive. When that happens, eating cold foods like ice cream or acidic foods like pickles or red wine will make your teeth hurt.

Really the only thing you can do is be very careful about which toothpaste and mouthwash you use. Make sure you look at what’s in them and avoid the damaging chemicals. If you don’t know what chemicals to avoid, feel free to ask us. We are always happy to give you advice.

You could be grinding your teeth when you sleep.

Grinding your teeth as you sleep is a habit often started when you are a teenager or younger. You need to try and stop the grinding when you are young because if you don’t, people often find it harder to stop as an adult.

What happens when you grind your teeth is that your enamel gets worn down and after a while, it will expose your tooth’s dentin. Dentin is connected to your tooth’s nerves. So you know what that means. When your nerves are not protected, you will experience the discomfort of tooth sensitivity when you eat acidic or cold food.

Luckily there’s a solution. We can help you get a mouth guard to wear while you sleep which will prevent the grinding and protect your teeth. Sometimes, with a mouth guard preventing the unintentional grinding, the habit may go away on its own.

You may be eating too many foods that are acidic.

It’s interesting to know that eating acidic food can make you feel the discomfort from tooth sensitivity caused by the issues we’ve already mentioned, but it can also be the cause of your tooth sensitivity.

Try not to eat too many acidic foods because it can wear down that protective layer of enamel on your teeth and over time expose the dentin. Common fruits to avoid are oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit. Also keep an eye on pickles, cranberries and anything tomato based like pasta sauces and ketchup. Coffee and wine are also big culprits.

Your toothbrush’s bristles could be too hard.

The bristles of your toothbrush should be soft. If the bristles are too hard and you brush with too much pressure, it may cause the outside layers of your teeth to be worn down. Having a soft bristle toothbrush gives you the best chance of not having sensitivity from hard bristles. Double-check the packaging of your toothbrush next time you pick one up.

If you’re feeling discomfort and wonder why do we suffer from tooth sensitivity after you eat something cold or acidic, make an appointment with our dentist at McGlone Dental Care in Denver. We can take a look at your teeth to make sure the enamel is not worn down and help you get some relief from your tooth sensitivity. Call or contact us today.

Maximize Your Annual Dental Insurance Benefits

Maximize Your Annual Dental Insurance Benefits

This is our favorite time of the year in Colorado!  The temperature is cooler and you can sleep with your windows open.  The leaves are changing colors and are beautiful with gold and red hues.  It also means that year-end is fast approaching.

That brings us to the point of this post.  It’s a great time to maximize your dental benefits.  If you are like the majority of insured people, your insurance runs on a calendar year. You have paid into your dental plan monthly so be sure that you use your yearly maximum dental benefit allowed amount according to your plan. 

  • As long as your dental work is completed before 12/31/16 and billed on or before that date, that work will be applied to this year’s maximum amount that is allowed according to your plan.
  • Most insurance plans cover 2 cleanings per year and cover 100% of any preventive work.

If you are unsure what amount of your remaining benefit has not be used, contact Meg and she will be more than happy to help you find out.

If you contribute to a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) remember many FSAs do not roll over into the following year.  Maximizing your dental benefits is a good way to use the money you have already saved (pre-tax) for medical expenses.