For hundreds of thousands of children across Massachusetts, the end of summer marks the beginning of another school year. This often means a trip to the pediatrician or family doctor for a physical exam. Sadly, however, one part of the body that is still being overlooked is right under our noses—the mouth, which, upon closer examination, reveals that the state of oral health among thousands of Massachusetts children is not making the grade. Dental decay is the single most prevalent ... Continue Reading →
As the calendar turns from July to August, summer activities are at their peak. No matter what type of summer adventure you’re having, be prepared in case of a dental emergency. Review this short article from the Massachusetts Dental Society that includes important summer safety tips for children’s teeth.
The specific nutritional choices you and your children make are crucial. Good nutrition is essential to good health and both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourage parents to think of their nutritional decisions as health decisions.
Here are some great resources for information about nutrition for children:
General information about making smart food choices with a focus on dental health. This site includes information for all ages, from pregnancy and infancy through the ... Continue Reading →
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 ... Continue Reading →
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 ... Continue Reading →
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 ... Continue Reading →
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: Continue Reading →
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 ... Continue Reading →
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 ... Continue Reading →
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 ... Continue Reading →