These Snacks Are Just As Bad As Candy For Kids’ Teeth

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Most parents know that candy can be really bad for the teeth of their  children. The sugar in it creates acid that drills into enamel. A small hole can become a cavity. At The Fayetteville Dentist, we want you to know that certain snacks can be just as harmful for growing teeth.

Let’s look at the most common kids’ snacks that are just as bad as candy.

Dried fruit

Nutrition-wise, a dried apricot is a far better selection than a candy bar. The issue is that dried fruits stick tightly to teeth. This poses the same oral health risk as candy.

Sports and Energy Drinks

Few parents let their youngsters guzzle energy drinks. But many parents buy electrolyte-containing sports drinks for older children. Be sure to scrutinize the labels. Some sports drinks have as much sugar as soda.

Soy, Almond, or Rice Milk

Parents whose child can’t tolerate lactose turn to non-dairy milk. Most types come in both a sweetened and non-sweetened version. Sweetened types contain a substantial amount of sugar.

Granola Bars

Traditional sugary granola bars should be considered candy. (Ditto for fruit snacks.)

Yogurt

Kids need calcium, and yogurt is a well-designed source. Many types of flavored yogurt, however, have a high sugar content. Some parents keep the fridge stocked with hand-held yogurt packets. Kids who eat these throughout the day are subjecting their teeth to a nonstop stream of sugar.

Sweetened Applesauce

Some manufacturers pack this healthy snack with plenty of sugar. If you can get your pre-teens used to fruit without added sugar, they will be better off.

Instant Oatmeal

We all know that most cold cereal marketed for children is sugar-filled. Instant oatmeal is a convenient alternative that is healthier in many respects. Be aware that some have as much sugar as sweetened cold cereals.

Remember, brushing and flossing are essential for a lifetime to good dental health. So are regular cleanings and checkups at The Fayetteville Dentist. Our services include children’s dentistry. We also have an office in Hope Mills. Call for an appointment today!

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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8 Things You Should Know About Your Baby’s Teeth

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Life is hectic for new moms and dads and some function on very little sleep for several months. At The Fayetteville Dentist, where children’s dentistry is among our services, we don’t want the first year to fly by in a blur without busy parents giving a thought to their baby’s teeth.

Unfortunately “out of sight, out of mind” is often the case. It’s never too early for new parents to construct a plan for their child’s lifelong oral health.

1. Before the first teeth appear, wash gums with a soft damp cloth or piece of gauze after feeding.

2. Prevent baby bottle tooth decay. Most new parents are cautioned from the beginning not to put babies to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. However, since baby-bottle cavities is still fairly common, this warning bears repetition. Baby bottle tooth decay is entirely preventable. If your baby will not sleep without a bottle, use only water. Moms who breast feed should understand that breast milk is just as effective at creating an environment for decay. If your child uses a pacifier, don’t dip it in sugar or honey.

3. Take your infant to the dentist early. That’s right—infant. Your child’s first dental exam should occur when the first teeth come in, usually between six months and one year of age.

4. When your baby’s first tooth peeks through, begin brushing gently with a small, soft toothbrush and a grain of rice sized dot of fluoride toothpaste. This helps keep that tooth decay-free while allowing your baby to get comfortable with regular oral hygiene.

5. From the ages of 3 to 6, the amount of toothpaste can increase to a pea-sized dab. Most children swallow instead of spitting. You don’t want your child to swallow more than a tiny smear of toothpaste. While fluoride is essential, too much can be dangerous.

6. Consider dental sealants. Sealants safeguard the teeth and prevent cavities by filling in the cracks and fissures where food particles can hide, breeding harmful bacteria that doesn’t take long to create cavities. Sealants are especially essential in the back teeth which, due to the abundance of crevasses, are hardest to clean properly. During your child’s first check-up at our Fayetteville office, you can communicate with The Fayetteville Dentist Dentist about sealants. Sealants aren’t usually applied until all of the teeth have come in, but it’s a good idea to seek a dentist’s advice at your first visit.

7. Talk to us about pacifier use, thumb-sucking, or any other habits that affect teeth and jaw development.

8. Teach your toddler to drink from a cup as soon as possible. The fewest months your child uses a bottle, the better. Even if your child loves his bottle, you are going to have to take it away sooner or later.

At The Fayetteville Dentist, we love our littlest patients and offer children’s dentistry, along with general and cosmetic dentistry. We also have an office in Hope Mills. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-213-3789

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Five Fast Ways to Improve Your Smile

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Do you have a special event coming up? Perhaps a wedding, graduation, milestone birthday, anniversary, or reunion? These celebrations usually involve a lot of photographs and, of course, you want to look attractive. You may not have time to lose 20 pounds, but you can dramatically beautify your smile with cosmetic dentistry at The Fayetteville Dentist.

Here are five cosmetic dentistry procedures that can usually be executed in one office visit.

1. Veneers
Porcelain veneers have been a successful treatment for decades but we never fail to be amazed by the outstanding results they deliver. A veneer is a super-thin layer of porcelain bonded permanently to the tooth. A veneer can cover a chip, hide a crack, make discoloration disappear, or fix a misshapen tooth.

2. Gum Contouring
Perhaps your teeth are brilliant and healthy but you have a gumline that is too low or too high and detracts from the presentation. Gum contouring can reshape the gumline and transform your smile. Book a consultation with us today for an extensive examination and experienced advice regarding your gumline.

3. Enamel Shaping
Just one slightly misshapen tooth can downgrade the features of a smile even if all the other teeth have an attractive appearance. (Your mouth is no place for a sore thumb, right?) Let us reshape the tooth so it blends in seamlessly.

4. Bonding
Dental bonding just gets better and better as additional unprecedented materials are developed. Bonding is used in a multitude of applications to correct teeth with cosmetic and structural troubles. The newest prep methods are minimally invasive – leaving you with more of your own tooth structure.

5. Teeth Whitening
Make your smile pop with professional in-office teeth whitening. There is nothing like a wonderful white smile to give you complete confidence.

Cosmetic dentistry from The Fayetteville Dentist is an investment that will bless you with increased self-esteem every day. We also offer kid’s dentistry, and look forward to getting your smile ready for all those hugs, laughs, and, of course, pictures.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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What Can The Fayetteville Dentist Do For You?

Hello, and welcome to The Fayetteville Dentist blog. Our team of dentists works hard to keep the teeth and gums of each of our patients healthy.

Teeth may seem like bone, but they are actually living structures. Inside that hard exterior is complex system of tissue. And the teeth themselves are anchored to your jaw by ligaments and a material called cementum.

Because there is so much more than meets the eye, we urge our patients to take good care of their teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day, and by visiting our office twice a year for cleanings and a checkup. Our hygienists will remove any accumulation of plaque and tartar that has built up, and one of our dentists will give your teeth and gums a thorough inspection.

Why do we stress this? Because research has shown there is a connection between the health of your teeth and your overall physical health. In short, a healthy mouth can help you maintain a healthy body.

At The Fayetteville Dentist, we provide general and cosmetic dentistry. And we love helping kids get started on a lifetime of good dental health with our pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 And 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 


Keeping Kids Smiling At The Fayetteville Dentist

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The Fayetteville Dentist serves patients of all ages and loves having youngsters in the office. Pediatric dentistry is central to our practice. Our staff takes special care of our youngest patients to make sure they are comfortable and safe.

Big Changes

Having compassion with our young patients is critical. We understand that going to the dentist can be a bit frightening for a child, so we make sure they are comfortable with their surroundings, and always invite mom or dad to join them in the room. We make sure they understand which procedures are necessary and answer their questions.

Kids’ mouths undergo lots of changes, in particular from the ages of about six to eight. New teeth are beginning to come in, and baby teeth are getting loose and falling out. Since we believe it is better to prevent than to cure, regular checkups are essential to dental health. (Come to think of it, that’s true at any age.)

The American Dental Association counsels parents to bring their toddler to a dentist when their first tooth appears or around one year of age. By starting regular dental visits at the toddler age and teaching proper hygiene, we can help you reinforce vital oral care habits and lifestyle choices that will produce strong and healthy teeth.

As much as we love having kids in the office, it’s important we see mom and dad, too. In addition to pediatric dentistry, The Fayetteville Dentist provides general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 and 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311

 

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Twice a Year! Dental Checkups in Fayetteville NC

An appointment with The Fayetteville Dentist twice a year is essential to your dental health, and to your overall health. By seeing us for a dental checkup every six months, you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your teeth and gums are healthy, and have a great smile, to boot.

When you come in to our office, a typical appointment is in two parts. First, one of our hygienists gives your teeth a thorough cleaning. That in itself is worth coming in. But part two, the checkup, is just as important, because we’ll take x-rays, check for any cavities, make sure your gums are healthy, and look for signs of any problems like bruxism, also known as teeth grinding.

Seeing us twice a year is also a great way to protect your overall health. We won’t give you a physical like your doctor, of course. But there are more than a hundred systemic diseases that can be detected in the mouth. We can find signs of diseases before you even know about them.

In between your visits, make sure you take care of your teeth and gums at home. That means a daily regimen of flossing and brushing. We recommend at least twice a day; after every meal is even better. That way you are consistently removing that plaque that is constantly forming on your teeth.

If you haven’t scheduled your next checkup and cleaning with The Fayetteville Dentist, pick up the phone and give us a call. We also provide pediatric dentistry, and general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 And 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311


Keeping Kids’ Smiles Healthy With The Fayetteville Dentist

Durham kid's dentistry Your child’s dental health is vital to their overall health and vitality. At The Fayetteville Dentist, we practice kid’s dentistry, and love working with our youngest patients. Why? The health of a child’s teeth and gums can affect their speech development, eating habits and self-esteem.

We recommend bringing your child in for a first exam before age one, or when their first tooth erupts. During the initial visit, we can discuss dental treatments such as sealants, fluoride treatments, brushing and flossing techniques, and orthodontics.

Children’s dentists also counsel parents about thumb-sucking, pacifier use and other habits that impact your child’s dental health. We can also help you keep your child’s teeth protected during sporting activities.

We can also provide tips on encouraging good dental care in your children at home. Establishing a positive dental routine early in life is one of the most important factors in dental health. Teeth are meant to last a lifetime!

In additional to kid’s dentistry, The Fayetteville Dentist is a full-service practice. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, including checkups and cleanings. Make an appointment today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 And 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311


Lasting a Lifetime: Children’s Dentist in Fayetteville

Teeth are meant to last a lifetime, which is why early dental care is so important. The Fayetteville Dentist is committed to providing excellent children’s dentistry.

A big part of keeping teeth and gums healthy is daily care. That means teaching your youngsters good brushing and flossing habits. It also means taking them to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning every six months. The American Dental Association recommends bringing children in for their first visit within six months of their first tooth coming in, and no later than their first birthday.

Keeping teeth and gums healthy also means having a balanced diet that is low in sugar. More and more children are showing signs of early tooth decay. It has even been called the most common chronic childhood disease. By minimizing sweets and establishing a good dental health routine, cavities can be limited.

A good tool for protecting teeth is dental sealants. Sealants are a thin protective layer of plastic material applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, where tooth decay is most prevalent. Along with brushing and flossing, sealants go a long way toward preventing cavities.

The children’s dentistry provided by The Fayetteville Dentist  helps to ensure your youngster’s teeth and gums will stay healthy. We also provide Invisalign clear braces to patients of all ages, plus general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact The Fayetteville Dentist:

910-716-0105

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4251 Ramsey St Ste 8 And 9
Fayetteville, North Carolina
28311