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Rise in Cavities in Preschool Children

We are seeing an increase in the number of cavities in young children.  I thought the article below was interesing enough to share!

Rise in Preschool Cavities Prompts Anesthesia Use

By: Catherine Saint Louis

In the surgical wing of the Center for Pediatric Dentistry at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Devon Koester, 2 ½ years old, was resting last month in his mother’s arms as an anesthesiologist held a bubble-gum-scented mask over his face to put him under. The doctors then took X-rays, which showed that 11 of his 20 baby teeth had cavities. Then his pediatric dentist extracted two incisors, performed a root canal on a molar, and gave the rest fillings and crowns.

Dr. Oz on flossing

Most of us have great intentions about kicking off the new year on a healthier path. Be sure to make one of your resolutions for the new year to start proper brushing and flossing flossing....and start NOW!! Research shows it can add years to your life....AND keep you healthier. This article below was part of an oral health segment from the Dr. Oz show. Enjoy....and keep your floss handy!

Do I Really Have to Floss???

Flossing is one of the most difficult things to get people to do, but probably the most effective method of reducing the need for a dentist and preventing disease. So what makes the difference? Why do some people floss, while others struggle? Why do some people get the importance while others bring up every excuse in the world to avoid it?

Parents sometimes overestimate the benefits of juice drinking

Juice: not a vegetable.

By Molly Snyder

Many parents will see a toddler or very young child drinking soda and scoff at the idea of it, yet they don't hesitate to give their child a bottle or cup filled with juice multiple times a day. However, drinking juice – and eating fruit – should be approached like anything else that's filled with sugar: as a special treat.