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3 Reasons Your Child Should Start Flossing Now and Helpful Flossing Tools

Flossing is an essential part of good oral hygiene in adults, and kids need to floss too in order for their smile to remain healthy and cavity-free. Once a child’s teeth start getting close together usually between the ages of two and six parents should start getting their children in the habit of flossing daily, with assistance of course. Children usually develop the ability to floss on their own around age 10. Without flossing, tartar and plaque can build up between teeth, causing caviti...


What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is teeth grinding or clenching. Most individuals don’t even know they’re doing this. Bruxism affects approximately 35 million adults and children in the United States. Some individuals only grind their teeth while sleeping, this is frequently called nocturnal bruxism. Other people may clench or grind their teeth during the day as well. This is often thought to have a relationship with anxiety or stress. This stress may be induced by a wide variety of causes. The root cause of...


Silver Diamine Fluoride to Treat Cavities in Children

Cavities in young children are common. In fact, almost one-third of children ages 2 - 5 years in the United States are affected by tooth decay. While these baby teeth will eventually fall out, it is still very important to treat cavities and keep teeth healthy, just like you would for permanent teeth, because of the important roles they play including serving as a foundation for permanent teeth. However, if your child is very young or has health, mental, or physical challenges, performing dental...


Xylitol – The Natural Sweeter That’s Good for Your Teeth

At Barnes, McDonnell & Parsons , both of our offices sell a variety of xylitol products, from mouthwash and toothpaste to gum and mints. But we often get asked… What is Xylitol? Good question! Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is found in many fruits and vegetables and sourced from corncobs and birch trees to make a natural sweetener that is similar in taste to sugar but with about 40% fewer calories . After xylitol is extracted, it goes through a process called sugar hydrogena...


Healthy Recipes for Healthy Teeth

For the most part, foods that are good for your body are good for teeth. As your Port Orange and Ormond Beach dentists , we love healthy snacks! Here is a short list of common tooth friendly snacks you can integrate into you and your children's diets to ensure teeth are being properly fed. 1. Cheese Cheese produces saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps wash away the bacteria created by food. It is also a great source of calcium which is also important to healthy teeth. Cheese in a blanket Quick and ...