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Healthy Mouths Happy Children !

During February most of us in New England start looking forward to Spring but dentists look forward to February because it is National Children’s Dental Health Month. During this month dental professionals will raise awareness about the importance of children’s oral health.  Why do we need a whole month to raise awareness? Let’s look at some facts,

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Healthy Mouths Happy Children In Burlington

– Tooth decay in children is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.
– Gum disease is contagious, parents can transfer the bacteria in saliva to their children by sharing spoons.
– According to the Academy of General Dentistry, more than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illnesses.
– Almost 50% of tooth decay remains untreated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
– Tooth decay affects more than one-fourth of children aged 2–5 years and half of those aged 12–15 years.
– According to a study, children in the Los Angeles School District who had tooth pain performed poorly in school.

Despite these seemingly staggering dental health statistics, many children still do not visit the dentist. It’s not their fault, caregivers need to make dental health for children a priority…

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children and is almost entirely preventable. The good news is there are safe and effective preventive measures that can protect teeth and this is the main reason that we use the month of February to raise awareness. Good oral hygiene practices such as thorough brushing with a fluoride toothpaste can help keep children from getting cavities. In addition, dental sealants and community water fluoridation are two other strategies that can help prevent tooth decay. Eat healthy and remember the rule of two – Brush for two minutes, 2 times per day, don’t forget to floss.

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Dr Sarita Malhotra with her pet dinosaur

At Modern Smiles Dental Care, Burlington dentists, Dr. Sarita Malhotra treats both children and adults. During the month of February she is visiting schools with her pet dinosaur to educate children about oral health. In case your school would like to invite her, please call her office at 781-505-1900 to schedule a time. Make sure as a caregiver you are doing what you can to instill good dental health habits with your little ones. It is a shared responsibility between the parents, teachers and your dentist.

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Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Every parent wonders what  is the best time for my new born’s first dental visit?

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Your Child’s First Dental Visit

ADA dental association and American Academy of Pediatrics dentistry says that the first dental visit should occur within six months after the baby’s first tooth appears but no longer than child’s first birthday.  Baby teeth are very important for your child’s healthy development.  They not only help with eating and speaking they also are space holders for permanent teeth.  Losing them before time can cause problems in permanent teeth.  Baby teeth start forming when the child is developing in the mother womb, they cut through gums around six months of child’s age.  As soon as they erupt they are vulnerable to dental decay.  Bacteria in mouth change the sugars in food and milk into acid and cause dental decay.  Baby bottle caries is another debilitating condition which can destroy baby teeth.  Habits like pacifiers and thumb and finger sucking can effect baby teeth and permanent teeth.  Visiting dentist before baby’s first birthday can identify these risk factors.  A dentist can show how to take care of child’s teeth and consult regarding diet and fluorides which effect development of healthy teeth.  The best time to meet the dentist is when your child has no dental problems, do not wait until an emergency comes up. 

Burlington dentist, Dr. Sarita Malhotra at Modern Smiles Dental care has several years of experience treating children and adults.  She is committed to provide you and your child the best first dental visit experience.  We are hosting complimentary dental exams for baby’s first dentist visit every Friday afternoon in February and March 2017.  Call us today @ 781 – 505 -1900 for an appointment or book online.

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New year, New you: New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy Smile

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Make Healthy Smiles a 2017 Resolution

With the new year here, you may have already begun work on your New Year’s resolutions. Many people set new goals about having a more active and healthier lifestyle for the new year.  Healthy resolutions can also keep your teeth healthy, and any of the following resolutions can help you in getting to a brighter, healthier smile in the coming year:

Eat Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables

Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits and vegetables improve your body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, helping to protect your teeth and gums. In addition, crisp fruits and raw vegetables like apples, carrots and celery help clean plaque from teeth and freshen breath.

Quit Smoking or Using Other Tobacco Products

Using tobacco can harm your mouth in a number of ways, increasing your risk for tooth discoloration, cavities, gum recession, gum disease and throat, lung and oral cancer.

Limit Your Alcohol Intake

According to the Academy of General Dentistry, those who smoke, eat poorly and consume excessive alcohol also have increased gum recession (periodontal pocketing).

Brush at Least Twice a Day and Floss at Least Once a Day

Brushing and flossing protect your teeth from decay and gum disease, which is caused by your teeth’s most persistent enemy, plaque – a sticky, colorless, invisible film of harmful bacteria that builds up on your teeth every day. Both brushing and flossing are equally important for good oral health: according to the Academy of General Dentistry, only flossing can remove plaque from between teeth where decay and gum disease often begins.

 

See Your Dentist for Regular Checkups

By seeing your dentist at least twice a year, you can help prevent any dental health problems before they cause discomfort or require more comprehensive or expensive treatment. Regular visits allow your dentist to monitor your oral health and recommend a dental health regimen to address areas of concern.

At Modern Smiles Dental Care in Burlington our dentist, Dr. Sarita Malhotra takes pride in promoting holistic dental care, dental self-care strategies and practices that get to the core of the problems in our mouths–preventing issues from taking root and gently restoring dental health.  Schedule an appointment today!

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Study uncovers the main Reason People Hate Going to the Dentist

A study published in the Health Affair Magazine analyzed the real reason that people avoid the dentist.  Fear or inconvenience are not top reason that people forgo dental health, the top reason was the cost of dental services.  The study found that 13 percent of people skip the dentist because of the cost and cost is more than three times more likely than fear to be the reason people skip the dentist.  

At Modern Smiles Dental Care, Burlington, Dr. Malhotra takes pride in providing affordable dental care.  Dental procedures can be costly.  We are network providers for most insurances and would work with patients to maximize the benefits on the insurance. In addition we offer a Gold Member plan if you don’t have dental insurance, which offers significant discounts.  If you have been delaying dental care or postponing cosmetic dentistry procedures because of the cost of treatment, talk to us.

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