5 responses

  1. Olivia
    November 4, 2009

    3)a) Don’t put sugary drinks in a sippy cup. Water is okay.
    Editor: YES!

  2. Cheryl S.
    November 4, 2009

    What do you do about a kid who HATES any flavor of toothpaste? I still brush her teeth with just water, but she will not use toothpaste. I’ve tried every flavor and brand. We have floridated water where I live, is that enough? [She’s 4, BTW]
    Editor: we’ll find out for you.

  3. gizella
    November 4, 2009

    candy? for real? That’s a suggestion? I mean, what is the nutritional value of that? I’d much rather be more vigilant about brushing than have my kid eat crap. just saying
    Editor: that’s a very fair point. The perspective is taken from the view of a dentist, so I guess it’s in the vacuum or teeth. ;)
    More clarification, though we will be updating the post above to clarify the following:
    Regarding candy, Dr. Salzer does not believe giving candy to children is good/better for their teeth or health; rather, she was making a point that, while most parents think candy is the worst thing they can give their children for their teeth, in actuality, any foods that contains sugar or carbohydrates that can be broken down by the bacteria in a person’s (or child’s) mouth can cause cavities. So, the cavity-causing problem can be foods like chips and crackers because they stay in kids’ mouths longer.

  4. Anonymous
    November 4, 2009

    This comment is from Dr. Jennifer Salzer in response to Cheryl S.
    This is not uncommon. Kids can be very finicky! The best thing to do is use a very thin layer of paste on the brush (a smear) instead of a pea-sized amount and have a large, cold glass of water nearby. This way, the child won’t get a lot of flavor and they can rinse well right away! It’s best to use a paste a not just water at your child’s age. Additionally, the toothbrush, in addition to the paste, is equally important when teaching children proper tooth brushing habits. For example, some toothbrushes, like Oral-B Stages, are specially designed to address children’s dentition (formation of their teeth and jaw), dexterity (ability to handle a toothbrush) and development (emotional changes and interest) as they grow. -Jennifer Salzer, DDS

  5. gizella
    November 5, 2009

    fair enough!

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