What’s the Right Age for a Child’s First Dentist Visit?

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Deciding the right time for a child’s first dentist visit can be tricky. There’s a vast amount of information online with, often, conflicting advice. Some dentists will advise that a child’s first dentist visit should come when all their baby teeth have come in around the age of 2 or 3, and still others will advise only to go in there this early if your child is experiencing issues with their teeth. We dug into the recommendations of countless general dentistry and pediatric dentists alike to get to the bottom of this intriguing question.
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The Effects of a Calcium Deficiency on Your Oral Health

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Everyone knows calcium helps keep your bones strong, and strong bones are an important part of your overall health.  But did you know that your calcium intake also plays a role in the health and strength of your teeth?  Calcium is a mineral, and it’s one of the most abundant in your body with 99% being found in the teeth and bones.  In your teeth, calcium is found as a hydroxyapatite which is made up of both calcium and phosphate.  The two combine during tooth development to form the hard tooth structure.  Vitamin D plays a key role in the balancing of the calcium and phosphate absorption in the body, as well as the calcium absorption in tooth development.  So, what does all of this mean for the health of your teeth, and what could be the effect if you have a calcium deficiency?
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How Gum Health Effects Overall Health

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The earliest stage of gum disease is called gingivitis in the dental community and associated symptoms are red, inflamed, and/or bleeding gums. Shockingly, three out of four Americans suffer from gum disease and the effects, yet many are afraid to seek treatment which can, in turn, lead to increased overall health issues. Symptoms of gum disease can be recognized at home, and your dentist can ensure that you are taking appropriate precautions to stop or prevent the further spread of gum disease.
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2019 Smile Resolutions

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The holidays passed by at full steam ahead. After the gifts were opened, the meals were prepared and consumed, the New Year and the option to create resolutions seemed to be staring at us. As you consider resolutions for 2019, have you considered your dental health? Research shows that your oral health affects your general health and vice versa. With this in mind, plan your resolutions to include healthier choices for your teeth!
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