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    GOOD EATING PATTERNS FOR A HEALTHY SMILE | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Not only is a balanced, nutritious diet essential to healthy living, but did you know your eating patterns and food choices play an important role in preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

    Water Rules

    Water, especially fluoridated water, is the best beverage for maintaining your oral health. That's because fluoride helps to make teeth more resistant to the acid attacks that can cause cavities. As of 2012, nearly 75 percent of the U.S. population had access to fluoridated water, so drinking water from your own kitchen sink can help prevent dental problems.

    If You Can, Choose Dairy

    Milk, and other dairy products such as cheese and yogurt, are low in sugars that can be harmful to your dental health. Plus, they contain protein and are full of calcium, which can help to strengthen your teeth.

    Lean Proteins for the Win

    Phosphorus-rich foods such as meat, poultry, fish, milk and eggs help to strengthen your teeth and contain valuable protein. These foods also help protect and rebuild your tooth enamel.

    Fruits and Veggies Pack an Extra Punch

    Fruits and veggies are an important part of any balanced diet, and they are also good for your teeth. Since they are high in water and fiber, they help to balance the sugars they contain and help to clean your teeth.

    Nourishing Nuts

    Nuts contain protein which help strengthen and protect your teeth. Also, chewing helps to stimulate saliva production, which naturally cleans your mouth.

    TAKE OUR SUMMER QUIZ | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 7 months ago

    True or False:

    1. Ice can be bad for your dental health.
    2. Rollerblading is not a contact sport, so you don't need to wear a mouth guard.
    3. Sports drinks are better for your teeth than soft drinks.
    4. If you're planning a trip outside the US, take care of any dental problems before you leave.
    5. Lemonade can be a healthy and refreshing alternative to water.

     

    Answers:

    1. Fact:  While ice may be your best friend on a hot summer's day, it's no friend to your teeth.  That's because chewing on hard substances, such as ice, can leave your teeth vulnerable to a dental emergency such as a broken tooth and can even damage enamel.  Tip: Use ice to cool your drinks, not as something to eat.
    2. Fiction:  One of the many perks of summer is being outside.  But did you know that experts recommend that everyone, from children to adults, wear mouth guards during recreational activities that could potentially cause a mouth injury?  While collision and contact sports are higher-risk sports for the mouth, you can experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics and skating.
    3. Fiction:  Let's face it.  When you're hot, you sweat.  But before you reach for a sports drink, consider the impact that beverage may have on your mouth.  While their name implies they're healthy, many sports and energy drinks feature sugar as a top ingredient.  If you can't live without your sports drink of choice, check the label to make sure it is low in sugar, or you can always drink water instead.
    4. Fact:  For many, summer time means it's time to hit the road.  If you are planning a trip out of the country, you should also consider planning a trip to your dentist, especially if you'll be traveling in developing countries or remote areas without access to good dental care.
    5. Fiction:  While there's nothing like a tall, cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, the truth is that frequent exposure to acid and sugar can harm your teeth.  Acidic foods can erode enamel, and too much sugar can lead to tooth decay.  Water is always best when trying to stay cool and hydrated.

    No matter what the season, you should always take care of your dental health.  Be sure you are brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day and flossing daily.  For a healthy mouth and smile, the ADA also recommends you replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed.  A worn toothbrush won't do a good job of cleaning your teeth.  Make sure to use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.

    LOOK WHO LOVES COMING TO THE DENTIST | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 7 months ago

    This is our sweet patient, Paisley.  She loves to come to the dentist!  She came today to have her teeth cleaned and examined.  Paisley wants to keep her beautiful smile healthy.  Thank you for being such a great patient, Paisley.

    HEALTHY HABITS FOR BABIES AND KIDS | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Start Early  

    Your child’s baby’s teeth are at risk for decay as soon as they first appear—which is typically around age 6 months. Tooth decay in infants and toddlers is often referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. It most often occurs in the upper front teeth, but other teeth may also be affected. In some cases, infants and toddlers experience decay so severe that their teeth cannot be saved and need to be removed.

    The good news is that tooth decay is preventable! Most children have a full set of 20 primary teeth by the time they are 3 years old. As your child grows, their jaws also grow, making room for their permanent teeth.

    Cleaning Your Child’s Teeth  

    Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur. A baby’s front four teeth usually push through the gums at about 6 months of age, although some children don’t have their first tooth until 12 or 14 months. 

    For children younger than 3 years, caregivers should begin brushing children’s teeth as soon as they begin to come into the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by Dr Tate and Dr Tyler Tate. Supervise children’s brushing to ensure that they use of the appropriate amount of toothpaste.

    For children 3 to 6 years of age, caregivers should dispense no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children’s brushing to minimize swallowing of toothpaste.

    Until you’re comfortable that your child can brush on his or her own, continue to brush your child's teeth twice a day with a child-size toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. When your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin flossing their teeth daily.

    Mom and Dad, click on the "Sesame Street: Tooth Brushing Song" link below for a fun video on brushing your teeth that your children will enjoy. 

    Sesame Street:  Tooth Brushing Song

    VISIT FROM TATUM | TATE FAMILY DENTISTRY BLOG

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Recently Dr & Sue Tate had a visit from their newest granddaughter, Tatum.  Their greatest joy is spending time with their children and grandchildren.  Happy Grandparenting, Mimi & PawPaw!

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