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Back-to-School Dental Checklist

Periodic Check-Ups – Summer can still be a hectic schedule, but can still take the time to schedule an appointment for your kids at Sporting Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Family Orthodontics. Children and adults should see their dentist at least twice a year for check-ups. An exam and cleaning at the dentist’s office will ensure a healthy smile. Don’t forget to ask about fluoride and sealants as these provide added protection against tooth decay.

Oral Hygiene – In addition to school supplies, don’t forget toothbrushes and toothpaste to your back-to-school supply list. It’s best to brush your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day for a minimum of ...

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Top Tips For Teeth

Brush for two minutes, twice a day, with fluoride toothpaste.
Research shows more than 70 percent of people do not brush correctly. Infants and toddlers, 0 – 3 years old, should use toothpaste with a fluoride level of at least 1,000ppm (parts per million). Children 3+ years old, should use a toothpaste that contains 1,350 – 1,500ppm.
Use dental floss or interdental brushes to clean between your teeth at least once a day.
Only 21 percent of people clean between their teeth regularly.
Change your toothbrush every 3 months.
Only 22% of people change their toothbrush every three months.
Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks between meals.
It’s not how much you ...

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What You Need To Know About Crossbites

Typically, when a parent brings a young child to the dentist, the last discussion they’re expecting to have is one centered on braces and orthodontic appliances. Yet, even at ages three and four, a talk about braces, sagittal expanders, and retainers can indeed be front and center when a child is diagnosed with a crossbite. The question then is what to do about it, how soon should intervention take place, and what the complications are that can arise if nothing is done at all. Let’s get some answers.

What Exactly Is a Crossbite?

Imagine for a moment you’re sitting in front of a nice soup bowl with a wide flat brim, and ...

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Spring and Summer Sports – Don’t forget mouth guards!

Spring is already here and the outdoor sports action is starting to heat up here in the Gainesville and Haymarket communities. While many parents spend money on helmets, shin guards and other protective equipment, many forget about mouth guards.

Concussion prevention is definitely on the rise in all sports and new technology in helmets has helped, but did you know mouth guards are just as important even if not playing a high contact sport. Mouth injuries can occur during any type of physical activity, mouth guards help prevent damage to teeth, but also protect jaw and surrounding bone and tissue from damage too.

Mouth guards can be purchased almost anywhere. Local drugstore ...

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Are Braces Actually Affordable?

If you find yourself wandering into the clinic of an orthodontist where you are asking about how much it would cost to have braces, you will find that the actual cost of putting on braces actually differs from one dental clinic to another.

Depending on the type of braces that you get, and depending on how much your orthodontist in Masassas charges you, you could possibly be looking at thousands of dollars in dental fees and costs, and that only covers the initial cost of braces. There is still the succeeding check-ups and visits that could drag on for years depending on the amount ...

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How to Encourage Your Children to Take Dental Care Seriously

Dental care in Gainesville and oral health is not something that ranks high in the list of priorities of children. And it is perfectly understandable. For kids, their priorities are more on fun and games, candies, food, and hanging out with friends. You might find it to be a little odd or rare to have your child come up to you and say he wants to visit the dentist unless he has a toothache or has a really bad cavity.

So how can a parent, like yourself, be able to encourage his kid to visit the dentist without having to force or compel them ...

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Do you really need a pediatric dentist?

Pediatric dentistry is needed. As a parent, your time, money, and attention will always be diverted where the bulk of it will be going to your children – not to fancy clothes, gadgets, or expensive international trips.

One of the bigger factors that you need to consider as a parent is the fact that your children will require dental care for the rest of their lives. This does not sound as dire as it seems, because the dental care we are talking about is actually more routinary and preventive than it is curative.

As a result, we are talking about visits to the dentist where ...

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