Starting Off on The Right Tooth:
Begin cleaning your baby’s mouth during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur. A baby’s front four teeth usually push through the gums at about 6 months of age, although some children don’t have their first tooth until 12 or 14 months.
Until you’re comfortable that your child can brush on his or her own, continue to brush your child's teeth twice a day with a child-size toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. When your child has two teeth that touch, you should begin cleaning between their teeth daily.
For children younger than 3 years, caregivers should begin brushing children’s teeth as soon as they begin to come into the mouth by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children’s brushing to ensure that they use the appropriate amount of toothpaste.
For children 3 to 6 years of age, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Brush teeth thoroughly twice per day (morning and night) or as directed by a dentist or physician. Supervise children’s brushing and remind them not to swallow the toothpaste.
Check out this super fun & informative post on Mighty Moms- this award -winning blog has an introduction for all to the basic signs of teething, what to look for & some basic solutions for this chapter of life :)
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Burg Children's Dentistry and Orthodontics
Burg Children’s Dentistry isn’t your ordinary pediatric dentist. We, like you, think kids are pretty super. So why not give them the superhero dental treatment? Whether you’re coming in for a routine cleaning or your child needs a cavity filled, we give every child the superhero treatment. Who knows, your child may walk out of their first visit begging to come back for another appointment.
Our caring staff is dedicated to helping your little hero maintain complete oral health, while our atmosphere helps make the dentist office a fun destination. Our 14 locations are conveniently located throughout the Salt Lake area, making it easy for you and your family to get to an appointment.
The first visit at a children’s dentistry can be scary. We make it easier to cope by treating your children like heroes with superhero gear, right from the start! How do you get your gear? Schedule an appointment today at one of our 14 locations and get your gear during your first visit!
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One of our own with her precious baby girl, checking out her footsies on the quilt for her 1st birthday!
Boy do we love these quilts & so do our families! Thank you Eva!
Toothpaste Alternatives for Grown-Ups
It is no wonder then that more people are seeking out healthier alternatives to toothpaste. Below are 8 different substitutes for toothpaste that you can incorporate into your life
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a very popular toothpaste alternative when used right. Due to its abrasive nature it may cause your enamel to chip away with time and over use. Using a small amount of baking soda mix with water or lemon juice for some whitening effect and brush your teeth. On to the brine you can consider adding a drop of peppermint before you brush which will leave you with minty fresh breath.
2. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide is especially effective in maintaining clean and white teeth. Simply dip your toothbrush in some and brush away. Be careful with this alternative if you have amalgam fillings as it does not mix well with mercury in the silver filling.
3. Sea Salt
Sea salt is one of the most natural toothpaste alternatives that you will find. Dab your toothbrush in some sea salt and proceed to brush your teeth. You may also mix the sea salt in water before brushing if you are concerned about it being too abrasive.
4. Dry Brushing
Dry brushing is quite simple and will save you some money as all you need is a toothbrush. Dry brushing as an alternative will clean your teeth well enough. The only thing missing will be that minty feel afterwards.
5. Herbal Tooth Powder
Herbal tooth powders are a great toothpaste alternative. In addition to cleaning your teeth, the ingredients also help in treatment of inflammation and infection in the mouth.
6. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has been said to be a holy grail oil. It is great at moisturizing the skin and works great with hair but that does not stop there. When used as an alternative to toothpaste, its antibacterial and antifungal properties ensure the mouth is clean and healthy. You can use it by itself or add it to baking soda or essential oils.
7. All Natural Soap
Natural, regular soap can also be used to brush your teeth. It will however leave you with a soapy feel in the mouth but you can reduce this by using a peppermint scented soap. You will have a clean mouth and not too much of the soapy taste.
8. Tooth Soap
If you are not a big fan of using the regular soap as an alternative, you may get one designed specifically for brushing teeth. Make sure to get a natural tooth soap that does not have additives.
Whatever alternative works for you, remember that oral hygiene is very important and will go a long way towards boosting your confidence and dental health. Pick wisely!
Some traditions from around the world- the Tooth Fairy here in the states, El Raton Perez in Central America or La Petite Souris in French-Speaking countries or even Tooth-Tossing in places like Asia, The Dominican Republic & Ethiopia are fun ways for children to let go of their baby teeth, get a small gift & also learn about dental hygiene.
The 9 Basic Rituals From Around The World
In other cultures, the legend of mice varies to include beavers, cats, dogs or even squirrels. Other traditions of the tooth fairy include rituals dating back thousands of years in almost every culture. Traditions such as
Throwing teeth into the sun
Teeth thrown into the fire
Teeth thrown backwards between the legs
Throwing teeth onto or over the roof of a dwelling
Placing the tooth in a mouse hole
Burying the tooth in the ground
Hiding the tooth out of site of animals
Putting inside a tree or in the wall
Being swallowed by mother, the child or a pet!!
Read a few of these to your kiddos & teach them about what kids around the world do when they lose their teeth.
From France - Folklore about Mice
Tooth Fairy - America
Latin America - El Ratoncito Perez