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Why does my child get cavities!

 

The most common question we get asked in our practice is, “How can I prevent my child from getting cavities?”

We know that it’s frustrating and alarming for parents when they feel like they are on the losing end of the battle with tooth decay. Even more frustrating is when they are trying to be as vigilant as possible when it comes to home care and sweets.  And while sugar is the culprit here, most parents are surprised when we tell them that the real enemy here is what we call the “frequency factor”.

Let’s look at the cavity process:Decay process

The Battle is in your mouth and at school

So, what we have is a battle between the acids damaging the teeth and the body’s attempt to repair this damage in between meals. What you eat and how often you eat are two of the key factors in the decay process.

The first thing to understand is that we live in a different time when it comes to our children’s eating patterns. Most children no longer come home for lunchtime and it is expected that parents provide their children with foods for their two snack times at school in addition to their school lunches. If you include an “after school” snack, children are eating three or four times before their dinner meal, often with no chance to brush in between meals.

 More snacking = More cavities

The problem is that there isn’t enough time between all these meals to allow  your child’s saliva to sufficiently remineralization the teeth after each acid attack. Most children do not brush after each of these meal times so acids can be attacking their teeth all day long.

Simply put, more snacking cause more cavities!

Planning your child’s lunches and snacks  every day so that they are dentally healthy for them can feel like a daunting task. I find that many schools focus only on the nutritional value of a food item and not it’s dental consequences. The ideal beverage would be fluoridated water, however, many schools still offer milk, chocolate milk and juice programs. Chewing gum is discouraged even though we know the dental benefits of gum containing xylitol.

You can still ensure that your child’s daily nutritional needs are being met while still safe-guarding them from the foods that harm their teeth. Although the best advise we can give a parent is to make sure that their child is brushing 3 times a day and is avoiding snacking in between meals, however, the snacking part of this logic is just not realistic.

Healthy Snacks

Building a foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating…

Snacking has been on the rise steadily over the past few decades and we need to help our children make wise choices and learn how to snack right so that they will develop good eating habits as they age. Packing fruits and veggies that are fibrous and crunchy are what we call “nature’s toothbrushes” and cheese helps to coat and shield your child’s enamel while also increase saliva and the mouth’s pH levels.

If you would like to get the upper hand on tooth decay, we encourage you to visit the Ontario Dental Association’s article on Nutrition and Children here or click the link below. It has some great advice on how to develop a good nutrition program for your child .

ABCs of Snacking

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Word to the wise – Just a reminder that your cup of sweetened coffee may be helping you
stay awake during the day, but if  you are sipping it throughout the day you may want to
consider taking it black or alternating it with sips of water. Otherwise, it’s just a cup o’ acid!
Other acidic drinks – tea, sports drinks, juices and sodas (including diet!)


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Our own Lifehacker

The best way to avoid getting cavities is to:

Life hacker 2Simple right?

It’s simple considering how much time we spend working out, shopping, watching television, computing, playing video games. Just saying…

 

 


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You’ve come to right place….

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Golfing, fishing, shopping …. we get it.  Dental offices are not usually the most exciting place to be and we understand that there’s a lot of other things you’d probably rather be doing than coming to the dentist.

As a well established dental office in Oshawa, we work hard to change opinions about dentistry because we spend so many of our own waking hours here. The next time you are preparing yourself for your upcoming dentist visit, it may be helpful to remember that we too are busy thinking about coming to the dental office!

Not only do we spend our days here, we are patients too! And like you, our dental team also wants a pleasant and enjoyable place to come to. Which is exactly why we make sure that our day is filled with laughter and camaraderie.

When you step through our doors, you are not walking into a quiet, sterile-looking office. There’s a real sense of family and community here. Certainly we are busy getting to the many tasks at hand, but we’re also likely sharing stories and photos with our patients, surrounding the TV during an important broadcast such as the Olympics and just generally “catching up.” It’s how we “roll” here and our new patients are pleasantly surprised.

Oh, the connections we make…..

So, it wasn’t surprising last week when a younger patient of ours walked timidly over to one of our elderly patients and struck up a conversation. As it turned out, this boy was busy working on a project about WWII and his new friend was a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust. Last we heard, arrangements were being made for this gentleman to speak at this child’s school.

We are fortunate at Your Smile Dental Care to be able to make connections with our patients and establish relationships that are long-lasting and meaningful. We have a number of patients who have started dental careers of their own and it is a wonderful thing indeed to have the pleasure of caring for families of patients who were once children of our practice themselves.

We all are parents at this office. As the father of 6 children, Dr. Axelrod is committed to providing you and your family with the same level of dental care that he would provide to his own family.

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Thank you

We are very passionate about the dentistry we provide to you, our valued patients.

While our goal is to treat you like family and eliminate the fear and anxiety usually associated with going to the dentist, we want you to know just how much you give to us in return. Your kind words of confidence inspires us to the very best we can be everyday.

If you are looking for a child-friendly dentist in Oshawa that your family can grow with, you’ve come to the right place! Your experience starts as soon as you call our helpful staff to book an appointment:

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Give Winter the Brush-off!

There’s nothing like Springtime to wake us 31-03-2014 2-37-17 PMall up and drive us into action, especially after a winter as cold as this one.  As you become energized with each passing day, try to save an hour out of your dusting and organizing to treat yourself to a little spring cleaning of your teeth!

Home Care is not Enough

Regular home care does not does not reach all the nooks and crevices of our teeth. A professional cleaning by our dental team will remove the plaque and tartar that has built up in these hard to reach areas and allow us to do a more detailed inspection of each tooth’s health and condition.

Our lives get busy and the more frantic life gets the easier it becomes to just fall into bed and slip out of good habits like brushing and flossing teeth regularly. If it’s been a while since your last professional dental cleaning, don’t fret!  Give us a call today and let us help you get back on track to good oral health!

Why do I need to get my teeth cleaned professionally?

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