Don’t Let Halloween Ruin Your Teeth | Hoboken Dentist

We are on the eve of the sweetest holiday of all. Yes, it’s a dentist’s archenemy – Halloween. If you have a family, you are sure to be carving pumpkins and dressing up in your scariest costumes to venture out into the night in search for candy confections. It is a fun time for the entire family, but it is also very important not to forget about our dental hygiene during these candy-covered events. After feasting on these spooky treats, keep these dental tips in mind:

Babies and children:

  • Clean each new tooth gently with a clean wet washcloth. As your baby grows you can switch to a child’s toothbrush.
  • Do not use toothpaste on a child younger than 2 years old.
  • Do not let your baby fall asleep with a bottle. This leads to what is called “baby bottle tooth decay.”
  • Take your child to the dentist regularly starting at 1 year of age.

Teenagers:

  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.
  • If your teenager plays sports be sure they wear a protective mouth guard.
  • Make sure they see the dentist for all regular checkups.

Adults:

  • Brush teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.
  • Check with your doctor to make sure any medications you are taking might damage your teeth.
  • Check your mouth regularly for sores, red swollen gums or anything out of the ordinary.
  • See your dentist every six months for regular checkups and cleanings.

To learn more about dental hygiene, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.

Don’t Let Halloween Ruin Your Child’s Smile | Hoboken Dentist

We all know there’s no competing with Santa, but Halloween is the one day of the year that everyone can be anyone or anything they want to be. And above all that, there’s candy. Lots of candy given simply by saying those three magic words: trick or treat. No need to be good in order to dodge the coal in the stocking. In fact, the ‘trick’ in trick or treat almost praises bad kid behavior if candy ISN’T received. But as your children are scouring the neighborhood for a larger haul than the year before, ask yourself – how can I monitor my child’s oral health during this sugar-infused time of year?

Here are some pediatric dental tips to keep in mind when going through your little monsters’ stash:

Tiny humans live for this day. Depriving them of what some would call a major part of the holiday will not only make your child upset, but won’t make life at home very peaceful. So instead of denying them the sweets, have them choose a set number of candies they want the most and let them have them.

In addition to the limitation of sweet treats, set up a time of day that your child will be able to eat that candy. Similar to snack time at school, having a time when your little one knows a snack is allowed teaches them that snacking isn’t an all-day event, making them less inclined to crave sweets all day.

To learn more about toothaches, call Dr. Flynne Weingarten at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at http://www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Take Care of Your Child’s Smile | Hoboken Dentist

475936549Parents usually provide oral hygiene care until their child is old enough to take responsibility for their daily dental health routine of brushing and flossing. A proper routine of preventive pediatric dental home care is important from the day your child is born.

  • Before Teething. Clean your infant’s gums with a clean, damp cloth after each feeding.
  • Baby Teeth. As soon as the first teeth come in, begin brushing them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and water.  If you are considering using toothpaste before your child’s second birthday, ask your dentist first.
  • Avoid Sugary Drinks to Sleep. To avoid baby bottle tooth decay and teeth misalignment due to sucking, try to wean your child off of the breast and bottle by one year of age, and monitor excessive sucking of pacifiers, fingers and thumbs. Never give your child a bottle of milk, juice or sweetened liquid as a pacifier at naptime or bedtime.
  • Let Them Do It. Help a young child brush at night, the most important time to brush, due to lower salivary flow and higher susceptibility to cavities. Perhaps let the child brush their teeth first to build self-confidence, then the parent can follow up to ensure that all plaque is removed. Usually by age 5 or so, the child can learn to brush his or her own teeth with proper parental instruction.
  • Lead by Example. The best way to teach a child how to brush is to lead by good example. Allowing your child to watch you brush your teeth teaches the importance of good oral hygiene.

For more information on ways to keep your child’s smile healthy, contact Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Learn more about their practice by visiting www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.

Accepting patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas.

Foods for Pediatric Oral Health | Hoboken Pediatric Dentist

186467936Many parents worry that certain foods with cause problems for their children’s teeth. In some cases, these fears are justified – but many parents often over-estimate the risk of sugary foods, or under-estimate the risk of seemingly healthy foods.

Here are some guidelines for choosing tooth-healthy foods for your children:

Sugary food can contribute to tooth decay, but often proper brushing and flossing can mitigate that risk. It’s more important to limit the time sugar is in contact with teeth – brushing immediately after candy is best, having kids drink water immediately after eating candy is a good middle step.
Sugar filled drinks – including natural juices – can be more damaging than candy, especially if they’re allowed to stay on the child’s teeth for long periods of time. Don’t allow children to drink juice immediately before bed – brushing or flossing should follow juice, as if it were candy.
Soft foods, especially soft starchy foods like bread, are likely to get stuck in a child’s mouth, between teeth. Proper flossing will help minimize the risk of tooth decay from food debris, but minimizing the number of soft, starchy foods can be beneficial.
Children with braces should avoid hard or sticky foods, including gum, toffee, ice, nuts, and chips.
Vegetables and fruits aren’t always the favorite foods of children, but apples, carrots and celery can help stimulate saliva production, washing other food debris from your children’s mouth.

It’s important to remember that many foods contain sugar – including natural fruits and juices – and that over time, allowing sugar to stay in contact with the teeth can damage enamel and lead to tooth decay. However, brushing and flossing can help mitigate much of the risk. When in doubt, feed your children nutritious, healthy food, and if it contains sugars, brush and floss afterward to protect the teeth.

For more information about pediatric dentistry by Dental Associated of Hoboken in Hoboken, NJ call 201-795-2111 or visit www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.

Dental Associates of Hoboken also proudly accept patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark, and surrounding areas.