The fluoride rebellion: when, why & how to brush kids’ teeth
Jun22

The fluoride rebellion: when, why & how to brush kids’ teeth

Wanna get top dollar from the tooth fairy? Here’s how to keep those baby teeth healthy! Fluoride is the Goldilocks of preventive medical treatments. Too little leaves teeth prone to decay. Too much can permanently stain the teeth. Over the course of many decades scientists have determined the amount of fluoride that is just right. However, it is nearly impossible for us to get just the “right” dose because we get fluoride...

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Kids’ yellow teeth are an optical illusion
Feb01

Kids’ yellow teeth are an optical illusion

Don’t whiten your child’s teeth just yet. Their new permanent teeth aren’t really yellow, they just appear that way. We all think that the enamel on the outside of teeth is white, but really enamel is semi-translucent. So tooth color is mostly determined by the color of the material inside the tooth. As it so happens, the dentin inside teeth is quite yellow. The edges of teeth may sometimes look slightly blue because...

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Handle a baby tooth injury with ease
Dec28

Handle a baby tooth injury with ease

At least half of all kids will damage a baby tooth in a toddler fall. And 99% of those will occur on Christmas Eve, Easter or any other time dentist offices are closed. I got a text message from a friend this year on Christmas Eve after her daughter hit her front tooth. She was worried that the tooth would fall out and she’d be staring at a prize-fighter-looking baby for the next 3 years. Don’t worry about the cosmetic effect of a...

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