Monthly Archives: February 2014

What you need to know about children dental health

When do you take your child into the dentist? Do you know when your child should be teething? Here is a helpful timeline to help you understand what you expect and stay on top your children’s oral health.
A Timeline of Your Child�s Dental Health

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What your teeth say when you eat certain foods

Eating the right foods is just another step of having good oral health. Do you know what you teeth think about when you eat certain foods? Look below to find out.
Know what your teeth say when you eat � [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Keeping your teeth clean even when you can’t brush

Brushing your teeth, of course, goes a long way for good oral health. However, we know people are busy with work, school, kids, and life in general. That sometimes leads to poor oral health habits. Below are some tips to keeping your teeth clean when you don’t have a toothbrush near by.

Eat Fruits
Eating fruits is a great way to clean your teeth any time of the day. Even though they have sugar, it’s still far less dangerous to your teeth than sugar that comes from sweets and energy drinks.

In reality, flossing is really easy to do. You can take floss anywhere you go and practically do it anywhere too. Flossing prevents food from getting stuck between your teeth. This helps the look of your smile and also keeps cavities and gum disease away.

Eat Calcium-packed Food
Calcium is a great way to ensure healthy and strong teeth. You can get calcium from foods such as cheese, yogurt and milk. Eating yogurt or having a glass of milk help your teeth stay healthy.

Avoid Sodas and Other Sugary Drinks  
Drinking soda on a daily basis means you’re damaging your teeth. This is the fastest way to get discolored teeth and cavities. Avoid drinking these drinks altogether, but if you do, brush your teeth afterward.

Just like flossing, mouthwash is another easy and accessible thing to do to help oral health. Carry mouthwash in your purse or keep it in your desk at work. It only takes a minute to rinse. If you don’t have access to mouthwash, rinse with regular water. This can ensure that bigger pieces of food don’t get stuck around your teeth.

Always Brush When You Can
Brushing once a day is good, twice a day (morning and evening) is even better and brushing following each meal is ideal. Doing these things will help you maintain good oral health.

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Dental field claims two top-10 spots on best jobs list

The U.S. News gave the dental industry some promising news by naming two dental career in it’s top 10 of the top 100 jobs list for 2014. Dentists came in at No. 3 job, meanwhile dental hygienists rounded out the top 10.

In the article, dentists were projected to add 23,3000 new jobs up to the year 2022. Noting the ever-popular Dr. Seuss statement “Teeth are always in style,” it’s widely agreed upon the profession has no threat of going away.

With that being said, it’s no surprise that dental hygienists came just behind dentists in the list at No. 10. Hygienists continue to play a major role in oral hygiene and education. These duties are incredibly important in a dental practice. With good salary outlook, employment growth is expected to jump 33 percent from 2012 to 2022.

This is a promising list for the dental industry. Factors for the outlook include the increase of cosmetic dentistry along with a growing older population of baby boomers. The outlook of dental care is looking up and so are the careers associated with it.

Coming in first on the list was software developer, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts nearly 140,000 new positions created before 2022.

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) promotes and sponsors National Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the important of oral health.

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 3.53.24 PMDentists and industry businesses across the country are helping create awareness of oral health in Children. Check out our past blogs to see some great information on brushing your teeth, good and bad foods for your teeth, what makes your teeth sensitive, and common dental emergencies.

What do you plan to do to help create children’s dental health? Any great ideas? What is the most important thing that should be taken away from this month? Leave your comments below.

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