Kids, Caramels and Crackers

Is a caramel or a cracker a better snack for your young child?

Trick question? Yup, because both promote decay.

Believe it or not though starches such as pretzels and crackers and pasta can dissolve more slowly than a caramel and are not good as snacks. Save these starches for meals when there is more saliva to wash everything away.

A 2008 survey by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry revealed that 96% of adults with children under 12 years thought a cracker would be a better choice.

Better snacks would include fruit, nuts, cheese and perhaps  chocolate milk which kids love and washes away quickly.  And there is nothing wrong with plain water between meals instead of slowly sipped juices.

by Pam Everson, DDS

Young Children & Tooth Decay

Last week we looked at how the bacteria that cause decay can be transferred to young babies and children by any adult that has had   decay. Usually the transfer to children is between 12 months and 6 years.

Spiffies and Tooth Tissues are two products that parents can buy that help to reduce the bad bacteria that cause decay. These products are little wipes that can be used in babies and young children’s mouths that have xylitol in them. Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol that bacteria can’t metabolize so the numbers of bacteria go down. This means less chances for decay for your children or grandchildren.

Call or e mail our office for a complimentary ADA booklet “Your Child’s Teeth”.

by Pam Everson, DDS

Wait, Don’t Kiss That Baby!

As parents, we may be unknowingly giving our kids tooth decay!! The bacteria that cause decay can be spread by kissing, tasting our kids’ food, or sharing toothbrushes.

Incredibly, tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease and almost half of the children have Early Childhood Caries before entering kindergarten.

However, if you are an ordinary human parent, and can’t resist kissing your babies or checking their food, please have your primary doctor or dentist make a risk assessment for decay before your child’s first birthday. This is the new standard set by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry among many other organizations.

Please e mail us for a copy of  “Your Child’s Teeth”, a 10 page pamphlet published by the ADA.

by Pam Everson, DDS

A Smile is a Curve That Sets Everything Straight

“ A Smile is a Curve That Sets Everything Straight”
Phyllis Diller

My dilemma: How do I write an informational blog on dentistry without putting you to sleep?

OK, dentistry is not in the center of your daily thoughts but you may have a dilemma or question about your mouth or smile that has been nagging at you.  I can offer you some answers individually or in this blog.

During my 28 years of practice in Healdsburg, materials and dentistry have changed immensely.  The solutions to your desires or problems have multiplied.  Your choices are many.

Our office will gladly answer readers’ confidential questions as a basis for this blog or we will respond to you personally by e- mail or phone.

Please call or e- mail your questions and receive a  complimentary copy of an ADA  6 panel brochure “Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body”.

by Pam Everson, DDS