Posts for: October, 2021
In addition to daily oral hygiene and regular dental visits, a tooth-friendly diet can boost your kid's dental health and development. You can help by setting high standards for eating only nutritious foods and snacks at home.
But what happens when they're not home—when they're at school? Although public schools follow the Smarts Snacks in Schools initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, those guidelines only recommend minimum nutritional standards for foods and snacks offered on campus. Many dentists, though, don't believe they go far enough to support dental health.
Besides that, your kids may have access to another snack source: their peers. Indeed, some of their classmates' snacks may be high in sugar and not conducive to good dental health. Your kids may face a strong temptation to barter their healthy snacks for their classmates' less than ideal offerings.
So, what can you as a parent do to make sure your kids are eating snacks that benefit their dental health while at school? For one thing, get involved as an advocate for snacks and other food items offered by the school that exceed the USDA's minimum nutritional standards. The better those snacks available through vending machines or the cafeteria are in nutritional value, the better for healthy teeth and gums.
On the home front, work to instill eating habits that major on great, nutritional snacks and foods. Part of that is helping your kids understand the difference in foods: some are conducive to health (including for their teeth and gums) while others aren't. Teach them that healthier foods should make up the vast majority of what they eat, while less healthier choices should be limited or avoided altogether.
Doing that is easier if you take a creative, playful approach to the snacks you send with them to school. For example, if you send them to school with their own snacks, add a little excitement like cinnamon-flavored popcorn or cheese and whole wheat bread bites in different shapes. And make it easier for them with bite-sized snacks like grapes, baby carrots or nuts.
You can't always control what snacks your kids eat, especially at school. But following these tips, you may be able to influence them in the right direction.
If you would like more information on helping your child develop tooth-friendly snacking habits, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Snacking at School.”
Wondering if a dental implant is the right way to replace your missing tooth?
Tooth loss can happen to the best of us. From untreated tooth decay to injuries, there are a myriad of ways we could lose a tooth. And with over 178 million Americans suffering from at least one missing tooth, this is a surprisingly common problem. However, with the host of benefits that smiling affords us, it seems a shame when we can’t partake. This is why our Montclair, NJ, implant restoration dentist Dr. Paul Dionne often recommends dental implants to his healthy patients battling tooth loss.
About Dental Implants
A dental implant is made up of a small screw or cylindrical post and an artificial tooth (often referred to as a crown). Dental implants are used to replace one or several missing teeth.
The Dental Implant Procedure
First, the small screw is carefully embedded into the jawbone and then given time to heal. During those healing months, the jawbone and the surrounding gums will begin to grow and fuse around the implant, making it a permanent structure within your mouth. Since the implant becomes a part of your jawbone, it makes dental implants different from dentures or even dental bridges.
Once the implant and jawbone have fused together, a dental crown is made to be cemented into place on top of the implant. The look and color of the crown will be matched to your smile before it is made.
The Dental Implant Benefits
Just from reading this alone, you can probably recognize the number of benefits that getting dental implants can offer you; however, here are only some of the biggest benefits,
- With the proper care, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime.
- Chewing and speaking are fully restored
- Your implant is a permanent part of the jawbone, so you never have to worry about it shifting or moving around in your mouth
- It will fill gaps in your smile to prevent your natural teeth from drifting into these gaps
- Your face will retain its full, natural shape
- Having a full smile again will boost your self-confidence
- No special care is needed, just make sure that you are keeping them thoroughly and pristinely brushed and flossed
Once you have your dental implant, you’ll want a dentist that can continue to keep the implant restoration (aka: the crown) looking its best. Whether it cracks or simply needs to be replaced over the years, our Montclair, NJ, dentist does exactly that! To maintain your implant, stick with Dr. Dionne, a NJ Top Dentist.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dionne, simply call Glen Ridge Dental Arts at (973) 748-7790.