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How Diet Impacts Your Child's Dental Health

Kids | Children's Dentist Hillsboro OR

You’ve managed to instill good brushing and flossing habits in your children, and they visit their dentist for dental cleanings and exams. Yet they may still be vulnerable to cavities due to what they eat on a regular basis. What else can you do, besides take advantage of pediatric dentistry in Hillsboro, OR, to ensure tooth decay doesn’t take hold in their young mouths?

Diet Plays a Major Role

When children consume food or drink food that contains sugar or starch, a sticky film adheres to the surfaces of their teeth. Unless this film is removed by brushing and flossing within a short amount of time, bacteria deposit acids on the ...

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3 Tips for Building Strong Dental Hygiene Habits in Your Kids

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When looking for a children’s dentist in Aloha, finding someone that will guide you through the stages of your child’s oral health are important. We work with a number of parents who want to motivate their kids to look after their teeth and gums, but children can resist anything that doesn’t capture their ever-changing attention spans.

Here are some tips to help you help your child to brush and floss properly. Of course, it is essential to remember that they will need you to “check their work” until about age eight or nine when their fine motor skills develop enough to get the job done on their own.

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Cavities Are the Most Common Childhood Disease. What This Means for Your Kids

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With the introduction of fluoridation in the water and fluoride toothpaste to strengthen enamel, instances of childhood and adult caries (decay) have dropped dramatically, yet it remains the most common preventable childhood disease.

To help your child enjoy a healthy smile and improved dental health, seeking the advice of a children’s dentist in Aloha will benefit your child’s smile for a lifetime.

Preventing Dental Decay in Kids and Adults

While it is true that genetics plays a role in oral health, preventive measures can break the cycle of intergenerational decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. More essential are the habits passed down from parents to their children. 

The fact is that many people just ...

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How to Form Good Oral Habits with Your Children

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Asking children to focus on any task for a full two minutes poses a challenge. When trying to transition them to brushing their own teeth, it can seem like you ask them 20 times before they submit to stopping an activity they deem to be much more fun that oral hygiene. Kids do, however, enjoy fun and rewards. As a parent, you can choose to motivate kids in the way that works best for them. 

Here are some suggestions. If you don’t think any of these methods will work for your child, you can seek answers from a dentist who provides family dentistry in the Aloha, OR area. We welcome new ...

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New Research Shedding Light on Cavities in Kids

Hillsboro Pediatric Dentistry | Smith Dental | Dental Blog

We’ve heard it for decades: sugar causes cavities. That is true and partially accurate. Bacteria actually cause cavities, but they actually use sugar to fuel reproduction, which is why sugar gets all the blame.

Another aspect to consider is that starchy foods and processed carbohydrates actually quickly convert to sugar in the mouth because of your saliva. Saliva, along with chewing, is the first step in the digestion process.

New research discovers that the bacteria that cause decay are especially destructive when combined with yeast or fungus.

What Can You Do about It?

Dr. Ryan Smith, your Aloha dentist, welcomes children and organizes custom treatment plans based on your child’s needs. Since decay often ...

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Yes! Even Your Kids Can Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Children's Dentistry in Hillsboro OR

As a parent or caregiver for a child, you have probably had a wrestling match or two trying to get your kids' teeth clean before bed or school. Cleaning kids’ teeth is important, but they don’t always cooperate and may even strike a resistance when it comes to oral hygiene.

Here are some ways you can help your child develop good oral health habits:

Start at a young age. Let your child participate in their oral care as soon as they can hold a toothbrush. You will need to go over their teeth after they finish to make sure it is thorough, but their participation in their own oral hygiene will help ...

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Breaking the Pacifier and Thumb Habit

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We see a lot of parents who are worried about their child’s pacifier or thumb-sucking habit. While these habits aren’t problematic while a child is very young, if they continue past toddlerhood, they can contribute to problems with the alignment of teeth and the development of the palate, which would require correction with orthodontics later. The American Academy of Pediatrics promotes pacifier use over thumbs, but all parents know, it can be tough to get a child to switch once the habit is established!

In most cases, kids stop these habits before they can cause a problem. As they get older and are exposed to more children through preschool or daycare ...

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