Archive for November, 2011

Sweet Rewards: Lollipops and Gum…Good for Teeth?

Dr. John's Candies, Herbal Lollipops

It’s possible – lollipops may be good for teeth. Sixty-six preschool students ages 2 to 5 sucked on lollipops twice a day for three weeks to show it’s so. A recent pilot study was funded by the Research and Data Institute of affiliate Delta Dental companies, and the lollipops were not your everyday lollipops. They were sugar-free and contained licorice root extract. The study’s findings, published by the European Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, showed that licorice root extract might be an ingredient to help reduce cavity-causing bacteria. (more…)

November 18, 2011 at 4:54 am 4 comments

Tooth Fairy Traditions

Our last post was about the big role primary teeth play in setting the stage for permanent teeth to follow. When your child is around five or six years old and those baby teeth begin to loosen, one by one, it’s an exciting part of growing up, one that sometimes comes with a hint of anxiety. The tradition of the tooth fairy helps ease some of that fear, transforming it to wonder at the winged pixie who appears in the night, donning gifts in exchange for that little piece of childhood.

Children all over the world experience the same transition, but apparently, the tooth fairy doesn’t fly the entire globe collecting teeth. In Mexico, a little mouse named El Raton swaps baby teeth for coins. The mouse is prevalent in France, Spain, and throughout Latin America, as well. Mongolian children give their teeth to a guardian angel to swallow. That guardian angel, a young dog, helps ensure that a strong tooth will grow in the lost tooth’s place.

Here are some ways to help keep the tradition’s magic alive in your home: (more…)

November 8, 2011 at 4:33 am 2 comments

The Big Role of Baby Teeth

Photo: Chrisbwah, Wikipedia Commons

Baby teeth will come and go, so they don’t matter much in the long run – right? Wrong. In fact, these temporary teeth may have lasting effects for the duration of the permanent teeth to follow. Scarred, crooked, and deformed adult teeth are just some examples of what neglected baby teeth may lead to.

Baby teeth, which usually begin peeking in when your child is between six months to one year old, are like space markers for adult teeth. When they fall out prematurely, it may result in crowded or crooked adult teeth, especially towards the back of the mouth.

“Baby teeth set the stage for adult teeth,” says Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s Dr. Sharine Thenard, who was recently installed in the exclusive American College of Dentists. “They provide the correct pathway for the adult teeth to come into the gums.” (more…)

November 1, 2011 at 9:20 am 4 comments


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