Tips to Help Kids Protect Their Teeth from Sugar

Sugar can be difficult to pass up, especially when you’re a kid. Today’s children are regularly subjected to sugary diets and uninformed eating habits. Although parents may not be giving their children foods that are high in sugar intentionally, there are steps that can be taken to help kids avoid the pitfalls of sugar, such as obesity and dental disease.

•    Monitor snacking choices. Provide healthy foods to eat. Ration empty-calorie foods such as sugar-packed sweets. Instead, offer healthy alternative snacks such as fresh vegetables and fruits and low-fat yogurt with no added sugars.

Are You Taking Care of Your Small Dog’s Teeth?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – While Labradors have topped the American Kennel Club’s list of popular dogs for more than two decades, small dogs are gaining ground. Out of the top ten breeds, four — Yorkshire terriers, Dachshunds, Poodles (the category includes standards and miniatures) and Shih Tzus — are small breeds. The dog that made the largest jump in popularity 2009? The Havanese, which weighs between seven and 13 pounds.
Small dogs make great companions for a reason. Many are smart, personable and ideally sized for apartment living. But small dogs do come with special needs, and owners should be aware of them. For example, due to the small size of their mouths, dogs under 20 pounds have a greater risk of dental problems.
Owners of small dogs should be extra diligent about their pets’ oral hygiene. Scheduling regular check-ups can help vets catch problems in tooth and jaw development. Those with puppies should pay attention when their dogs start losing their milk teeth. If adult teeth don’t emerge from the gums, there could be a problem requiring a vet visit.
Adult dog owners should examine their dogs’ gums for signs of infection, like discoloration or bleeding. Abnormalities may be signs of periodontal disease, which requires treatment by a veterinarian.
Prevention is just as important as detection. Brushing pets’ teeth daily is one of the best ways to maintain oral health, but many dogs won’t tolerate brushing. For dogs that are temperamental about pet owners or vets touching their teeth, a simple and effective solution can be found using a new type of probiotics, called Teddy’s Pride Oral Care (www.MyTeddysPride.com), that has been designed specifically for the oral care needs of dogs and cats. These probiotics can be used in addition to brushing or as a stand-alone oral care routine, if brushing is not an option. Owners simply sprinkle the odorless, tasteless product on their pets’ food, making it the easiest step toward protecting pets’ mouths.

Foods to Bring Healthy Smiles to Kids’ Faces

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Foods to Bring Healthy Smiles to Kids’ Faces

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – You probably know that sweets and soda are bad for your children’s teeth, but have you stopped to think about what foods are good for their …

Don’t Let Holiday Sweets Go to Your Teeth?

(NewsUSA) – The holidays bring culinary delights, ranging from sparking cocktails to potato latkes to Yule logs. Many bemoan the effects of extra calories when …

Cleaning Tips for Teeth With Braces

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Don’t Skip Routine Dental Cleanings

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Kids Take Gum Disease to Heart

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