February: National Children’s Dental Health Month

February: National Children’s Dental Health Month

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Since 1981, the entire month of February has been designated for promoting the importance of children’s dental health. So, this year we are celebrating the 39th anniversary of encouraging and helping raise awareness of the dental health of children. The National Children’s Dental Health Month is a project that was created by the American Dental Association (ADA), Oral B, and Crest. This campaign’s slogan and goal is, “brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth for a healthy smile.”

Some may find it surprising that many people actually believe that the health of children’s teeth and gums is not relevant until their permanent teeth grow in. This is not true in any way. As soon as a child’s baby tooth grows in, it is at risk of getting a cavity. Although they will, in fact, lose these teeth, cavities in children’s baby teeth can be very painful for the child and financially painful for the parent. 

Once children’s permanent teeth come in, they are at a high risk of getting cavities. Did you know that, according to the CDC, 9 out of 10 cavities occur in children’s back teeth? Dental sealants are proven to be extremely effective in preventing many of these cavities from forming. Sealants are applied to the back teeth, and the application is completely painless. Consult your family dentist today to explore sealant options for your child. You will not regret this decision.

At Cakmes Dental Studio, we love celebrating this month because we see so much opportunity to positively influence children. We encourage parents to never waste a moment by instilling excellent brushing and flossing habits in their children as soon as they are able to brush their teeth on their own. During these adolescent years, kids are sponges. Set (at least) one day of the week to brush and floss together! Children learn so much simply by watching and listening to others, so it is important to act quickly and set a good example. Also, many habits are developed during these years, so encouraging great brushing and flossing habits can be extremely effective in maintaining your child’s dental health throughout their entire life. 

Contact Cakmes Dental Studio to schedule an appointment for you and your child today. We would love to help you and your family celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month!

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Gum Disease and Diabetes

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Preventing Periodontal Disease with Diabetes

Keeping a healthy smile is important for everyone, but preventing periodontal disease can prove to be more difficult for those with diabetes. With 100 million Americans living with diabetes or prediabetes, the connection between periodontal disease and diabetes shouldn’t go unnoticed.

Studies show that people with poor blood sugar control develop periodontal disease more frequently and more severely than people who have healthy levels of blood sugar control.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the tissue that holds your teeth in place. Gum disease is caused by allowing the sticky film of bacteria called plaque, to build up and harden on teeth. This disease can lead to sore, inflamed and bleeding gums, as well as tooth decay and eventually tooth loss.

The good news is, having diabetes does not necessarily mean you will suffer from periodontal disease. In fact, people with diabetes who continually keep stable blood sugar levels have the same amount of periodontal disease as non-diabetic patients.

There are several factors that lead to periodontal disease and ways that you can prevent it.

BLOOD VESSEL CHANGES

Thickening of blood vessels, a symptom of diabetes, leads to increased gum disease. Blood vessels deliver oxygen and nourishment to the mouth as well as take away bacteria and harmful waste. Thickening of the vessels slows this process down and allows for plaque to build up quicker.

GLUCOSE

Having high levels of glucose, or sugar present in the mouth promotes the growth of harmful bacteria. Too much glucose will also lead to bad blood sugar levels.

SMOKING

Smoking increases risks of heart disease, cancer, and gum disease. Smokers are five times more likely to have gum disease than non-smokers and smokers with diabetes over the age of 45 are 20 times more likely to have gum disease than those without risk factors.

Preventing periodontal disease doesn’t have to be difficult. There are several ways to prevent plaque buildup but if you live with diabetes, getting blood sugar levels under control is the first step.

You can also make sure to keep your biannual dental appointment to monitor plaque build up and have any excess plaque removed. Brush at least twice a day and floss once. Lower sugar consumption and eat fibrous produce to prevent periodontal disease and improve oral hygiene.

Things like a healthy diet, exercise, and talking to your doctor can help keep diabetes under control. Even without diabetes, you should still make oral hygiene a priority. Schedule an appointment with your dentist to brush up on the best practices for oral hygiene.

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Tips for Teething

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It’s not hard to tell when your baby starts teething.

He or she may be irritable during the day and sleepless at night – and you might be too. 

Mouthhealthy.org offers insight on what to expect and tips for keeping your baby comfortable.

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