Sesame Street Shows Kids How Long to Brush Their Teeth

You know you’re supposed to brush your teeth for two minutes. You tell your kids the same thing. Unless you keep an egg timer in your kids’ bathroom, chances are they don’t exactly know how long two minutes is. Sesame Street, with the help of Elmo, recently created a little PSA to help kids see exactly how long they need to brush their teeth.

The video can also serve another, just as important purpose. By showing your toddlers this video, you can get them excited about brushing their teeth and mimicking Elmo brushing his. The tune is catchy enough for kids to love, but it may cause an unfortunate side effect in parents–the inability to remove the song from your head.

What Does it Mean if the Baby Teeth Grow in Discolored?

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When your baby’s teeth grow in, they’re typically white or off-white in color. However, occasionally, baby teeth can grow in discolored. This could happen for several reasons, and most of the time it’s not caused by anything the parent has done or hasn’t done.

Medications

If your baby had to be on medication before teething, there’s a chance the teeth will grow in discolored, especially if the medications contained iron. Taking antibiotics during pregnancy can occasionally cause this as well.

Trauma

Any injury to the gums before teething can cause the teeth to grow in discolored, typically pink or gray.

Newborn Jaundice

Premature babies often have slight jaundice after birth, and this can cause the teeth to grow in looking a little green.

Serious Illness

An infection or serious illness can also discolor baby teeth. Newborn hepatitis and heart disease can also discolor baby teeth.[..Read More]

How to Tell if Your Child has Tooth Decay

Boy brushing his teethBy about 7 or 8, you’ve most likely stopped brushing your child’s teeth for them, so you can’t instantly tell if your child has tooth decay or a cavity. So how can you tell if a cavity is developing? You definitely don’t want to wait until your child comes to you in serious pain with a far more serious problem than tooth decay initially is. Without constantly prying into your child’s mouth, how can you tell if they have early signs of tooth decay?

Moderate to Bad Breath

Your first instinct may be to tell your child to go brush their teeth or rinse out their mouths with a mouthwash. However, if bad breath is constant or even severe, it’s a sign of something far worse than lunch leftovers.

Tooth Sensitivity

If your child complains that eating on one side of their mouths hurts or they suddenly develop a sensitivity to hot and cold food and drink, it could be a sign of tooth decay.

Headaches or Jaw Aches

A headache can easily be written off as potentially something else, and a dull ache in the jaw could be a sign of TMJ. If either seems more painful than a typical headache, it’s time to investigate.

A constant metallic or unpleasant taste in the mouth

If your child complains that something in their mouths always tastes bad, even after brushing their teeth, it’s a possibly symptom of tooth decay.

If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, you need to get him or her to your dentist as soon as possible, especially if your child has more than one sign. Most often, when tooth decay symptoms pop up, the decay has progressed to the point where treatment is needed immediately. The sooner your child is treated, the better chances your dentist will have in making sure the decay stays minor and doesn’t develop to anything far more serious, including potential tooth loss.

Whiter Teeth with a Healthier Diet

BroccoliLast week we listed seven things you can do to get a whiter smile. This week, we want to focus on how by simply eating healthy can help you keep those teeth white.

Eating healthy is important for your overall health, of course, but it also greatly affects your dental health. Eating healthy means you are supplementing your body with the right vitamins and minerals, which will in turn keep your teeth strong. As a result, it can help reduce your risk of cavities and your risk of developing gum disease.

So, what should your diet entail to help keep your teeth healthy and naturally white?

Drink Milk.

Milk contains calcium and potassium that excel at strengthening your bones as well as your teeth. When acids in your mouth naturally break down your teeth’s enamel, the extra calcium you consumed from milk boosts your body’s ability to repair the enamel and strengthen it to reduce how much wears down from acid.

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Tooth Fairy is Giving More for Teeth in 2013

ToothFairyWith the economy a bit low, one would think that even the Tooth Fairy has fallen on hard times, but apparently the low economy has made her even more generous. An annual survey conducted by Visa found that American children received 23% more in 2013 than they did in 2012, roughly $3.70 per tooth. A child could therefore earn close to $75 for all of their baby teeth.

In the Northeast, she gave kids an average of $4.10 per tooth, gave $3.70 to kids in the West and South, and gave Midwest children $3.30 per tooth.

The survey also discovered that 10% of all children will find more than $5 per tooth, the Tooth Fairy gave more to children to young parents than any other group, and in some extreme cases, the Tooth Fairy gave $20 and $50 per tooth!

While it is purely up to the Tooth Fairy’s discretion how much she leaves per child, and we know this time is fun for both parents and the kids, you may want to talk to the Tooth Fairy about how much she leaves. Visa’s head of US Financial Education, Nat Sillin, has advised that this is a perfect time for parents to talk to their children about saving their money as well.

There is even a free Tooth Fairy app parents can use to talk to the Tooth Fairy about how much money she should pay per tooth.