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Making Oral Health Fun at the Perot Museum in Dallas, Texas


 With so many things to do and see in the Dallas, Texas, metro area, it can sometimes be difficult to decide what to do on your day off. But a very fun museum for people of all ages is Dallas’ own Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The Perot features five floors of natural history and science exhibits ranging from dinosaur bones to priceless gemstones and even an exhibit on what it means to be human. But one of the best exhibits at the museum is tucked away on the lower level, where if you don’t know about it, you can easily miss it.

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British Baby Born with Fully Formed Tooth


When little Cruise Horsburgh was born on January 27, 2018, he greeted the world with a surprise in his mouth – a fully formed tooth. Cruise's parents, Shannon MacAllister and Dean Horsburgh, were understandably shocked to see the bottom lower central incisor in their baby’s mouth, but they soon learned that it does happen - just not very often.

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Kids and Coffee


A recent headline in the United Kingdom’s Metro paper cautions, "You might want to stop feeding your kids Costa babyccinos if you want them to have teeth." Wait, what? 

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After-School Snack Options Make a Big Impact


If you’re like most parents, you try to feed your children the healthiest food possible.  From a nutritious breakfast to a wholesome lunch and satisfying dinner, you strive to teach good habits that will encourage your children to make a lifetime of healthy choices. But a new study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine has revealed that all those efforts could be undermined by something you have little control over: the food options surrounding your child’s school.

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More Reasons to Care for Children’s Teeth


Brushing your children’s teeth may not be one of your highest priorities, but a recent survey by Delta Dental has revealed one more reason it should be.

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Five Splurges You Should Never Cut Corners On


 For many people, saving money has become the ultimate pursuit. Between savings apps, rebate programs and extreme couponing, finding a good deal has never been easier. But there are times when cutting corners to cut costs isn’t the best idea. Here’s a list of five things you should never scrimp on.

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Do You Even Go Here? Why We Get Wisdom Teeth, and Why We Remove Them


 Even if you’ve never gotten your own wisdom teeth (or third molars), chances are you’ve heard of them, or you’ve heard friends or family regale you with tales of their extraction. Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that grow in the very back of your mouth.

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Fewer Adults Missing Work Due to Oral Health Problems, But Children Still Falling Short


If you’ve had a toothache before, you probably already know how hard it can be to focus on anything but that pain in your mouth. Maybe that’s why in 2016, a full 21 percent of American adult respondents to a Delta Dental survey reported missing at least one day of work due to oral health problems.  But believe it or not, that number is an improvement from previous years. Here’s what those results really mean, and why dentists think it’s changing.

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Summer Break Doesn’t Have to Mean a Break from Good Oral Hygiene


Summer break is the hardest time to get kids to stay on top of their oral health care routines. At least that’s what 30 percent of parents told Delta Dental in its May 2017 Children’s Oral Health Survey. The survey asked 1,588 parents about a variety of topics related to their children’s oral health, including the toughest times for children to maintain healthy habits.

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Hold the Juice Please!


It’s no secret that most kids love fruit juice. After all, what’s not to love? It’s sweet and refreshing, and since it’s made of fruit, it’s good for you, right? Not so fast, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. While 100 percent fruit juice really is good for children in moderation, it’s also packed with natural sugars which experts say are fueling an epidemic of obesity and dental caries in young children. As a result, the AAP has once again revised its guidelines for serving 100% fruit juice to babies, toddlers, and young children.In a recent memo released by the AAP entitled "Fruit Juice in Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Current Recommendations," the AAP announced that it now no longer recommends giving fruit juice to babies under the age of one unless clinically indicated, a change from their previous recommendation of allowing juice at six months of age. The new recommendations state that children between the ages of one and three years of age should drink no more than four ounces of juice per day, and six to eight ounces a day for children ages four to six years old.So, what’s behind these new guidelines? Dr. Stephen Hill of Allen, Texas says it’s a combination of skyrocketing childhood obesity and cavity rates."According for the Centers for Disease control, childhood obesity rates in America have more than tripled since the 1970’s, and the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation says childhood cavities are now the number one most common childhood disease in the world," said  Hill. "The kicker is that both are completely preventable."So, how bad can fruit juice really be? After all, if it’s 100 percent fruit, it should be healthy, shouldn’t it?"Remember a few months ago when Starbucks took a lot of heat for their Unicorn Frappuccino, which had 59 grams of sugar in a 16 ounce serving? Look at a 10 ounce, single serving bottle of 100 percent apple juice with no sugar added," said Hill. "It has 33 grams of sugar. If you do the math, the Unicorn Frappuccino had 3.8 grams of sugar per ounce, and apple juice with no sugar added has 3.3 grams of sugar per ounce. That’s a lot of sugar!"In addition to the new age guidelines, the AAP now also recommends that children not drink juice from sippy cups or bottles that can be drank from throughout the day. Instead, children should be given fiber-rich fresh fruits in lieu of fruit juices, and breast milk, water, or cow’s milk should be offered to children to drink."The reason they recommend not using bottles or sippy cups is because these containers allow children to keep drinking juice throughout the day instead of drinking their serving in one sitting and moving on," said Hill. "If they take one sip from a bottle every 30 minutes throughout the day, they’d pretty much have sugar on their teeth the entire day. For the same reason, the AAP does not recommend allowing children to have juice at bed time, as the sugar will sit on their teeth all night as they sleep. For bedtime drinks, you should only give water."So, how can you get your juice-loving children to scale back on their favorite beverage?

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Fusion vs. Gemination in Teeth

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably never heard of the rare conditions known as tooth fusion or germination, and understandably so. It is estimated that only about 2.5 percent of Caucasian and 5 percent of Asian children experience either of these dental issues, and most people never hear about either condition unless it affects them or their child. So, what are germination and fusion and should you be concerned if your child is affected? Dr. Stephen Hill of Allen, Texas sheds some light on these little know dental phenomena.

Though most are born toothless, the average child eventually grows twenty baby teeth before losing them to make room for their permanent adult teeth.  Sometimes, however, that number is off thanks to rare conditions known as fusion and germination.

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The Ethical Dilemma of Pediatric Dental Restraint


 

On May 18, a report by CBS News out of Boston WBX-TV brought to light a dilemma for pediatric dentists and parents that has been controversially debated for several years, yet has not gotten much mainstream press attention. Dr. Stephen Hill offers pediatric sedation dentistry as a safe alternative to the controversial papoose board.

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Importance of Protecting Baby Teeth

“Aren’t my child’s teeth just going to fall out anyway?” That’s a question I get from many parents after warning them about preserving the baby teeth. While the baby teeth do fall out by around age 12, they have important functions while they are in place. It’s important for teeth to be kept healthy and in place until the body is ready to let go of them naturally.

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