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Archive for May, 2013

May 15, 2013

Drop the Pacifier!

Should you suck on a pacifier before giving it to your baby?

A new study in Pediatrics, journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, reports that parents sucking their infant’s pacifier may reduce the risk of allergy development.

The ADA wants parents to be aware that licking a pacifier can transfer the cavity-causing bacteria from parents to children—increasing the possibility of tooth decay as they grow.

A child’s teeth are susceptible to decay as soon as they begin to erupt, cavity-causing bacteria, especially Streptococcus mutans, can be transferred from adult saliva to children, increasing their risk of getting cavities.

Sharing eating utensils with a baby, or the parent sucking on a pacifier to clean it, can also increase the likelihood of transmitting decay-causing bacteria.

The ADA recommends that parents protect the dental health of young children by promoting a healthy diet, monitoring their intake of food and drink, brushing their teeth or wiping gums after mealtimes, and by having infants finish their bedtime or nap time bottle before going to bed. The ADA recommends that children receive their first dental visit within six months of eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age.

June 5, 2013

Community water fluoridation “benefits all”

“A lifetime of cavity prevention can be obtained for less than the cost of one dental filling,” said U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., when speaking about the health benefits of fluoride.

In a letter presented during the 2013 National Oral Health Conference, Dr. Benjamin praised community water fluoridation for its effectiveness in preventing tooth decay in both children and adults, noting that “each generation born since the implementation of water fluoridation has enjoyed better dental health than the generation that preceded it.”

One of the most important things about community water fluoridation is that it “benefits all” residents of a community, she said.

“These benefits are not limited by a person’s income level or their ability to receive routine dental care.”

May 12, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day

I wish all my staff, patients and extended family, a very blessed and Happy Mother’s Day.  May you all have a wonderful day!   Dr. Griersonindex