Health Based Children’s Dental Care

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Why Children's Dental Care Matters:

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

That’s why today we are going through many of the basics of children’s dental care.

We’ll first talk about habits and nutrition for prevention, then we’ll talk about some of the ways we can help your child with their dental care here at Total Care KIDS – the pediatric side of Total Care Dental and Wellness.

Why is children’s dental care important?

The CDC saysCavities, also known as caries or tooth decay, are one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood, yet cavities are preventable. Children who have poor oral health often miss more school and receive lower grades than children who don’t.” 

However, cavities aren’t the only issue. Poor oral health can cause many other problems such as digestive problems, speech difficulties, and low-self esteem in children. 

As Dr. Michelle Jorgensen says in her book, ““…physicians have estimated that up to 80% of all illness is related entirely or partially to problems in the mouth. Many health care providers seem to forget that there is a person attached to every tooth…Teeth can affect your health in a big way – locally and systemically.”

Poor oral health and oral bacteria have been linked to worrisome problems like heart disease, diabetes, allergies, ADHD, asthma and more.

When children have early mouth problems, it increases their risk for future health challenges.

Convinced of the importance of oral health in your kids? 

Great! Now let’s talk about what you can do to improve your children’s dental health.

Tooth Cleaning Products for Kids

We are constantly asked about healthy dental products, especially for kids. 

We have a few resources on our website already about this including this blog on the ingredients in oral care products and this blog providing ideas for healthy dental products.

Also, because this month is National Children’s Dental Health month, check out our instagram where we will be giving many ideas for healthy dental products specially made for KIDS.

Some things to avoid:

  1. Fluoride
  2. Foaming agents
  3. Harsh chemicals in the products. 

Check out the blogs above to learn more on this topic.

Nutrition for Children’s Dental Care

Nutrition is one of the most important factors in ensuring healthy teeth and bodies in kids. 

You know to give your kids less sugar, and it’s true.  Let’s start there. 

In Dr. Michelle’s book she says, “When you eat more sugar than your body is able to handle all at once, your blood sugars increase. These sugars aren’t completely oxidized when they aren’t used, and it leads to your body becoming more acidic. When you become acidic, your body automatically reacts by pulling calcium from your bones and teeth to buffer your acidic blood…Bottom line is that eating sugar CAN lead to cavities because of what it does to the BODY and to the TEETH.”

We know it’s hard! Limiting sugar in kids can lead to tantrums and fights, but it doesn’t have to.

Later this month we will be releasing another blog entirely on healthy snacks for kids and ideas for how to limit sugar.

We will also be giving lots of ideas throughout the month on social media so look for those!

Along with sugar, it’s important to make sure kids get enough good nutrients for their teeth.

Going to Dr. Michelle’s book again, “When a teenager is growing, there is a high demand for minerals that build bones. If they are not getting enough out of their diet or supplementation to supply that demand, the body will find them where it can. One of those supply houses of minerals is the teeth. The body needs the minerals, the body takes the minerals from the teeth leaving them weak and susceptible to tooth decay… Children especially need adequate amounts of vitamin D to develop strong bones and healthy teeth.”

The best way to get these nutrients is to focus on eating an array of high quality fruits, vegetables, meats, and other animal products like good butter to make sure you aren’t missing any essential minerals or nutrients. 

We have a great resource on this topic called “How to Protect Your Teeth Through Nutrition”.   Check that out to learn more.

What do you do if your child already has dental problems or if they get more even after doing your best to avoid them?

Our Approach to Children’s Dental Care

Kids Dentist in American Fork UT

After having many of you ask for years, we are excited to announce our new option for pediatric dentistry called “Total Care Kids”

We use the same techniques we have used for over 10,000 of our patients to provide the most natural and evidence-based care possible for your children. 

We focus on:

  • Using biomimetic materials
  • Metal free restorations
  • Preventing and treating under fillings with ozone 
  • Helping kids breath and sleep better for better health, attention and futures

 

Here is a brief overview of our services at Total Care Kids:

  • Cavity-free and tooth rebuilding protocols
  • Fluoride and metal-free choices
  • Sleep, breathing, and healthy growth focus
  • Laser lip and tongue tie releases for infants and older children
  • Natural ozone cavity prevention treatments
  • Specialist sedation options
  • Supplements, products and instructions for natural kids tooth care

 

Click the button below to learn more about our offerings and to schedule now!

We are very excited to be improving children’s dental care, and we hope to see you and your kiddos soon!

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