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This past spring, the news was filled with reports about a Swedish study promoting the potential health benefits of parents handling pacifiers in a surprising way.  The study found that kids who sucked on pacifiers cleaned by their parents’ spit were less likely to develop allergies than babies whose pacifiers were rinsed in water.  The authors suggested that harmless bacteria transferred via pacifier from a parent’s mouth to their child’s actually stimulated their immune system, helping the child build defenses ...

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Sealants Q&A

What are dental sealants?

Sealants are thin coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.  Sealants are put on in dentists’ offices, clinics, and sometimes in schools. Getting sealants put on is simple and painless. Sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield over the tooth.

Why get sealants?

The most important reason for getting sealants is to avoid tooth decay.  Fluoride in toothpaste and in drinking water protects the smooth surfaces of teeth but ...

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Is it bad to chew ice?

Summer is just around the corner and temperatures are rising.  Patients and parents often arrive at the office with colorful, refreshing, delicious summer beverages filled with ice cubes.  We know it is bad for ...

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Don’t use Orajel for your teething baby

If your baby is around 6 months of age and is keeping you up at night, they are probably experiencing teething pain.  Classic signs of the impending arrival of new teeth include sore or tender gums, drooling, chewing on hard objects and irritability.

As a parent, you want to do whatever you can to help relieve the pain and soothe your baby.  After all, a sleepless, cranky baby affects the whole family.  Here are some tips to soothe sore gums:

  • Gently rub ...
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Two minutes twice daily

In 2012, many leading organizations in the field of oral health came together to form The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives.  The Coalition’s primary mission is to teach parents and caregivers, as well as children themselves, to take control of their own health through oral disease prevention.

The group has teamed with The Ad Council ...

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Fluoride and water

Many of our country’s top experts on Public Health Dentistry are assembled this week in scenic Huntsville, Alabama for the 2013 National Oral Health Conference.  At yesterday’s opening ceremony, United States Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin expressed her strong support for community water fluoridation.  The press release from the American Dental Association can be found below.

Do you know if your hometown water supply has fluoride added to it?  Salem, Beverly and Danvers were among the first Massachusetts cities to add ...

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No more wisdom teeth?

Is it possible that third molars, more commonly known as wisdom teeth, could be eliminated by a specific type of treatment at a young age?  NBC News is reporting on research conducted by our own Dr. Jerry Swee that seeks to answer that very question.  While the results are far from conclusive, they certainly raise many interesting questions about the possibility of eliminating potentially problematic teeth years before they cause any problems.

Read the full NBS ...

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The truth about sippy cups

Parents of young children are usually aware that prolonged bottle use can lead to the development of dental problems.  However, many parents are unsure if sippy cups carry the same risks.  One of the most common questions asked at our office is how to safely use sippy cups.

Most parents are well aware of the importance of taking care of their children’s teeth, so it comes as a shock when they learn their toddlers have cavities during a checkup. Tooth decay ...

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Springtime: baseball and flossing

When you think of springtime, what comes to mind?  Like most of you, the staff at Salem Pediatric Dental & Orthodontic Associates think of warmer temperatures, longer days and flowers.  We also think of spring training baseball and flossing teeth.  What’s the connection between baseball and flossing?  If you have ever attended a Lowell Spinners baseball game, you know that they feature creative entertainment and promotions for their fans.  Check out this unusual attempt at setting a world ...

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Like us on Facebook

The doctors and staff want you know that Salem Pediatric Dental & Orthodontic Associates is now on Facebook. Click here to visit our page and don’t forget to “Like” us while you’re there. On our page, we post information about children’s dental health issues as well as the latest news and events from around our office and community. In addition, we’re planning contests and giveaways for fans of our page. While you’re there, write ...

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