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This week, all across America, families and friends will celebrate Thanksgiving. People will reflect on their blessings, spend time with family, eat delicious food, watch football and brush their teeth! Okay, so maybe brushing your teeth doesn’t immediately come to mind when you think of Thanksgiving traditions, but what else would you expect from your Anderson Pediatric Dentist?

Besides, maybe if the Pilgrims had been more concerned about their oral healthcare on their voyage to the Americas, they wouldn’t have arrived with so many cavities! While the Pilgrims may have been brave explorers, their oral hygiene probably wasn’t up to par.

Life on the ship came with many hardships. Food wasn’t readily available, nor was it able to be refrigerated or microwaved. The Pilgrim’s journey lasted 68 days, meaning that the food on the ship had to be preserved and able to last for the duration of the journey. Their diets consisted of primarily salted dried meat, dried fruit and dried biscuits and crackers- all things that stick to your teeth and feed cavity-causing bacteria. Unlike people today, the sailors on the Mayflower didn’t have the luxury of dental sealants to help prevent cavities!

In addition to limited food choices, clean water was not readily available, leaving beer and wine as the primary beverages of choice. Acidic wine not only stains your teeth, but over time, it can eat away at the enamel.

Of course, none of this would have mattered too much, if they were brushing and flossing each day. However, it’s most likely that most of the passengers on the Mayflower would not have had a standard toothbrush. At the time of the Mayflower’s voyage, toothbrushes were not yet readily available to the masses. They were usually made with bone handles and boar’s hair bristles, and generally owned by the wealthier members of society. Most of the passengers on the Mayflower would not have owned a toothbrush.

So, aside from the storms they encountered on the ocean, the living conditions and lack of oral hygiene produced a perfect storm for dental decay and caries!

Perhaps the Native Americans taught the Pilgrims about more than agriculture and farming. In contrast to the Pilgrims, the Indians had a much healthier and mouth-friendly diet, consisting primarily of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and meats.

Native Americans also cleaned their teeth using chewsticks made with twigs that were frayed on one end for brushing and sharpened on the other end for use as a toothpick. Native Americans chewed fresh herbs to clean and freshen their mouths, as well as pine needles to clean debris from their teeth.

It appears that the Native Americans actually had pretty good oral health! This Thanksgiving, be thankful for your teeth. Show your mouth some appreciation by eating lots of fresh vegetables, fruits and nuts. Be sure to brush twice a day and floss, too!

Anderson Pediatric Dentistry wishes you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for our wonderful patients and the opportunity we have to educate and impact families in Anderson, SC and the Upstate area. If you are looking for a dental home for your child, we welcome you! Give us a call at 864-760-8440 and let us give you and your child Something to Smile About!

Check out out website for more helpful resources: www.andersonpediatricdentistry.com

We hear it all the time. Do baby teeth even matter?


Yes! Yes, yes, yes, yes and yes! Baby teeth matter and we are going to tell you exactly why these little teeth are so important.


Your child’s primary teeth, often called their baby teeth, play a major role in their growth and development. We aren’t just talking about their oral health, here. We are talking about their overall, full-body, lifelong development and health.


Nutrition:


Baby teeth help your child eat and chew. They allow your child to eat a more balanced and varied diet, enabling them to receive the proper nutrition they need to grow and develop, both physically and mentally. Without teeth, the child cannot eat all solid foods and will not be able to break it down sufficiently for the body to absorb all the nutrients.


Speech:


Your child’s baby teeth aren’t just for cuteness. They actually help your child’s speech. The teeth play an important role in speech development and aiding the child in learning to form certain letter sounds. The tongue, lips and cheeks deflect off teeth when forming sounds. When teeth are not there, they cannot assist in the formation of the correct pronunciation of sounds, possibly leading to speech impediments.


Smile:


Who doesn’t love seeing a baby smile with just two front teeth? Those small little teeth are actually paving the way for your child’s permanent smile. Baby teeth take up space in the mouth and act as space holders in the jaw bone for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums. When a baby tooth is lost too early, or has to be removed because of decay, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty spaces, making it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when they come in. This can lead to more crooked teeth and more costly orthodontic treatment later on.


Facial Development:


The tooth structure provides support for the child’s developing facial muscles, giving shape to your child’s face.


Focus and Attention:


A child in pain cannot focus on learning, playing and exploring the world. Dental pain from a decaying tooth can interfere with their ability to pay attention in school, can cause them to miss more school, and can affect their academic performance and grades.


Self-Esteem:


Decayed teeth can greatly affect a child’s self-esteem as it affects their social interactions with peers at school or in other social settings. A child that is embarrassed by their teeth may be hesitant to speak and engage with peers, may not want to smile and may have a harder time interacting with others. This can all lead to less confidence and lower self-esteem.


Check out this video from the ADA on why baby teeth are so important: Watch Video


As parents, it’s our job to help our children be happy and successful. Taking care of their baby teeth is an important part of helping them thrive! So, what can you do to care for your child’s primary teeth?

  1. Teach your child to develop good oral health care habits with their primary (baby) teeth. These early habits will help them keep those permanent teeth healthy for life!
  2. Limit juice and sugary drinks. Make water the beverage of choice.
  3. Do not put anything other than milk or water in a bottle.
  4. For infants, begin cleaning their mouth during the first few days after birth. Wipe gums with a clean, moist washcloth. Decay can occur as soon as teeth erupt, so start taking care of baby teeth as soon as you see them!
  5. For young children, start brushing teeth as soon as they come into the mouth. Brush twice a day, using a small amount of toothpaste- about the size of a grain of rice.
  6. As children get older, you should continue to supervise brushing, using a fluoride toothpaste and reminding them not to swallow toothpaste.
  7. As soon as two of the teeth begin to touch, you should begin cleaning between the teeth daily, using floss.
  8. Continue to supervise your child’s brushing until they can effectively brush alone, usually around 7-8 years old.
  9. Begin seeing a pediatric dentist before your child’s first birthday. Ideally, you should see your pediatric dentist for a check-up as soon as the first tooth arrives so that they can monitor the development, check for any problems and educate you on proper oral hygiene for your child.


If you are looking for a pediatric dental home for your infant, toddler or child, Anderson Pediatric Dentistry is here for you. As your local Anderson, SC pediatric dentist, we strive to offer our patients and their parents the best quality pediatric dental care in a safe and loving environment. We offer sealants, x-rays, laser dentistry, lip-tie and tongue-tie treatments, as well as emergency dental care and special needs dentistry. Give us a call at 864-760-1440 and let us give you Something to Smile About!

According to Delta Dental’s Original Tooth Fairy Poll, the going rate for your child’s lost tooth has declined in the past year. Based on their latest yearly survey, the average dollar amount that children received for a tooth is $3.70, down from $4.13 in 2018. (Remember when you thought a $1.00 per tooth was awesome?!?) Interestingly enough, it appears that the tooth fairy’s value on teeth coincides with the general movement of the economy. In 14 of the past 17 years, the tooth fairy’s prices have tracked with the movement of Standard and Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500). It appears our famed Tooth Fairy may actually be a wise investor!

Economics aside, the Delta Dental poll also served to get valuable feedback on the Tooth Fairy and the role she plays in your child’s oral health. Of course, most kids only think of the Tooth Fairy as a chance to get some quick cash for a tooth they no longer need. But, it turns out that she may have some substantial influence on your child’s oral health habits. According to the answers given by parents in the survey, the Tooth Fairy is providing much more than a little spending money. Responses in the poll credited the Tooth Fairy with influencing these areas:

·        Joy: The Tooth Fairy gives kids something to be excited about, according to more than half of parents (56 percent).
 

·        Bedtime: Children go to bed early when leaving out a tooth say 30 percent of parents.
 

·        Savers: Children choose to save their Tooth Fairy earnings say nearly half of parents (48 percent).
 

·        Oral health: More than one-third of parents (34 percent) believe the Tooth Fairy instills good oral health habits.

 

While the Original Tooth Fairy Poll is meant for fun. It serves as a reminder that oral healthcare isn’t always boring or hard. Fun traditions, such as the Tooth Fairy, can incentivize kids to take better care of their teeth. Ownership and personal responsibility can be taught, as children realize that the Tooth Fairy prefers the healthy teeth over those with cavities. Even financial responsibility can be built into the equation by teaching children to save their money, or spend it wisely.

For more information and fun facts on the Original Tooth Fairy Poll, check out the website and take the poll at http://originaltoothfairypoll.com/.

Anderson Pediatric Dentistry wants your child to be at the top of the Tooth Fairy’s list! If you are looking for a dental home for your child in Anderson, South Carolina and surrounding areas, give us a call at 864-760-1440 and let us give you Something to Smile About!

 

Summer break is nearly here. You can feel the excitement in the air. No school, sleeping in, summer camps, spending time outside, swimming, time with friends. The beginning of summer is ripe with possibilities and Anderson Pediatric Dentistry wants to make sure you have the best summer.

Of course, the best summer shouldn’t end with a trip to your pediatric dentist to get a bunch of fillings! Often times, the lack of routine and the drastic change in daily diets can have a negative effect on your child’s teeth. It’s easy to see how. A few mornings sleeping in and “forgetting” to brush teeth, combined with a few more sodas or sugary drinks throughout the hot days, ice pops constantly dripping on your child’s teeth, vacation car trips with sugary snacks- these are all easily imagined situations. And don’t forget the dental emergencies that may arise when the game of flag football turns into a tackle game or your daughter decides to perfect her triple front twist off the diving board!

But summer dental care doesn’t have to be stressful. Follow our Summer Dental Tips below to keep your child’s smile shining bright all summer long!