Cavities – Don’t Let Them Scare You This Halloween!

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We at Brookdale Dental hope you are all enjoying this beautiful Boise fall season as much as we are! While many kids can’t get the excitement of costumes, trick-or-treating, and mounds of candy off their minds this October, it might be safe to say that you are haunted by the idea of all the potential cavities that could be lurking around the corner!

Taking measures to prevent cavities, not just around Halloween, but year round can save you and your wallet a lot of unnecessary stress. We found a great article that offers 11 healthy habits that can help your child, and yourself prevent those pesky cavities! Here are just a few:

  • Regular brushing and flossing: Brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day.
  • Avoid frequent snacking: Constant snacking, particularly on sweets, provides the perfect environment for cavity-inducing bacteria to do their work. Limit snacking to healthy foods, and if your children can brush, or use water as a mouthwash after snacking, that’s even better.
  • Drink a lot of water: Water should be the beverage of choice. Bottled water is okay, but fluoridated tap water is best. Use a filter if you are concerned about the quality of your local tap water.
  • Avoid sticky foods: Items like fruit leathers, cookies and candies aren’t good choices for healthy teeth any day of the week.
  • Consider cheeses and nut butters: Nuts and cheese have ingredients that help remineralize our teeth, and can be good additions to a lunchbox. If you have a child with allergies, soy nut butter might possibly be an option. However, always be sure to check with your allergist first to be certain if soy nut butter is safe for your child to consume.

To read the full article CLICK HERE!

If you think you or your child might have a cavity, please give us a call.  (208) 373-0018. It’s always best to address the problem as early as possible, and we are happy to help!

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Brushing your Toddlers Teeth – Awesome Tips and Tricks!

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Helping your toddler brush their teeth can be challenging to say the least. However, it is  important to instill good brushing skills and habits at a young age, so don’t give up! If you are struggling to get those cute little mouths clean, consider trying some of these awesome tips and tricks.

  1. Mirror Mom & Dad – Children have an innate desire to copy what others do, so having them watch you brush your teeth, as well as any older siblings already in the habit, can work wonders at introducing the task at hand.
  2. Brush in the Bathtub – Parents have long noticed that for some reason children tend to protest the brushing of their teeth less while in the bathtub getting bathed. Perhaps it is the regimen of bathing that helps, or the idea of getting cleaned that assists the child in getting over the obstacle.
  3. Make it a Game – Try brushing for a few seconds in the child’s mouth, then a few seconds on the “mouth” of a stuffed animal, or toy. This seems to cut back on the stress of brushing for a few minutes all at once.
  4. Sing a Song – Make up a song while your brushing! Use this opportunity to make them laugh, and use brushing as the canvas for a song to keep them in the mood.
  5. Scavenger Hunt – Talk about finding their favorite toys, characters and food in their mouths, and children seem to forget you’re invading of their mouth with this giant torture device.
  6. Empower you child -Some of us have children that want to do everything on their own. Well, here’s a chance to let them take a stab at doing just that. If your kid is the type of individual who likes to do everything without assistance, let ’em try their hand at brushing. But be sure that independence doesn’t come without supervision.

To see where these tips came from and learn even more about toddler teeth brushing, check out this article,

Here at Brookdale Dental, we are happy to help you with any of your dental concerns. To schedule a cleaning for you or your children, give us a call at (208)373-0018, visit our webiste, or stop in a visit us at our office in Boise Idaho!