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The sippy cup and your child's teeth!

Important information about the sippy cups , article provided by the American Dental Association  Training Cups and Your Toddler’s Teeth It’s a milestone worthy of celebration: your baby is graduating from bottles! According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your toddler should be ready to move on from the breast or bottle between 12 and 24 months.

While your child may not be ready for a regular cup right away, there are a number of training cups you can use to help them move from baby to big kid. Here are three things to consider.
What Type of Training Cup to UseWhile it’s tempting to purchase a “no spill” cup, these are essentially baby bottles with a different design.  The aim is to shift from sucking to sipping.  No-spill cups have a valve that stops spills and the only way your child can drink from a no-spill cup is to suck, not sip.

To help your child learn how to sip, look for training cups with the following: 
A cup with a snap-on or screw-on lid that has a spout, but no va…
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The Importance of the “First Dental Home” Program

The Importance of the “First Dental Home” Program

We will address the issue related to the Dental Home Program established by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAPD) to move forward on the goal of achieving an optimal oral health and life quality of the population, ensuring dental services for every child up to three (3) years of age, including those with special needs and for those who are unattended, who require such care, regardless of their economic and social status. The reason for the existence of the Dental Home is because it has been statistically shown that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, reaching up to more than 60% of cases before the age of five. That is, sixty (60) of every hundred (100) children suffer from this disease in their primary teeth. It has also been noted the increase of tooth decay in older children, since according to statistics, in children from 11 to 17 years this present up to 90% of tooth decay in permanent teeth.
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4 Reasons Water Is the Best Beverage for Your Teeth

Find our more by reading this article from the American Academy of DentistryIt doesn’t matter if your glass is half-empty or half-full: Drinking water is always good for your health. Our bodies are made of 60% water, and staying hydrated helps your system distribute healthy nutrients, gets rid of waste, gives your skin a healthy glow and keeps your muscles moving. Sipping water is also one of the best things you can do for your teeth – especially if it’s fluoridated. Read on to find out why water is always a winner for your dental health.
It Strengthens Your Teeth Drinking water with fluoride (called “nature’s cavity fighter”) is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to help prevent cavities.
A modern-day tale of two cities shows what a difference fluoride makes, especially in community water systems. In 2011, the Canadian city of Calgary stopped adding fluoride to its water. Curious about the impact, researchers compared Calgary second graders with kids in the s…

5 Things You Never Knew About Your Toothbrush Good oral care begins with the right hardware

Interesting yet simple article publish at Oprah Magazine about how to choose the right toothbrush Photo: HerminUtomo/iStock/Thinkstock You use it every day, but when was the last timeyou put real thought into your toothbrush? An effective tool is essential for a proper brushing, which not only shines up your pearly whites, but also prevents bacteria and inflammation—both of which are linked to everything from heart disease to dementia. We asked the experts for a brushup on what features matter most.  Shape  Should you opt for an electric brush with a round, rotating head or a traditional rectangular manual brush? Many dentists believe they're both effective if you're using the right technique, but a review by the healthcare nonprofit the Cochrane Collaboration found that over a three-month period, round, rotating heads (which resemble the type used during professional cleanings) removed 11 percent more plaque than manual brushes. If you go the manual route, dentist Kimberly H…

Learn the secrets to a happy and affordable dental appointment!

Make these tips part of your dental hygiene habits and you will be on your way to a great dental health. Making your regular checkups mostly preventive; this will not only make your visits enjoyable, it will also save money. Secret number: 1 Floss every day. It’s the single most important factor in preventing gum disease. The more often you floss, the tougher your gums become.
Secret Number: 2 Brush your teeth for at least two to three minutes twice daily. If you are not sure whether you are brushing long enough simply brush for the length of an entire song on the radio.
Secret Number: 3 Change your toothbrush, before the bristles become splayed and frayed. Or every 2-3 months
Secret Number: 4 If you drink sugary beverages through a straw, you reduce the amount of time sugars are in contact with your teeth and minimize the risk of cavities.
Secret Number: 5 X-Ray your teeth every 6 months, that way your doctor can check if everything is developing correctly or if they need to take ac…

Happy Holidays, Our office will be closed from December 21st, 2015 until January 4th 2016

Happy Holidays from Clay Dental and the most wonderful New Year! We will be closed from December 21st, 2015 – January 4th, 2016
feliz Navidad y el más maravilloso Año Nuevo! Nuestra oficina se encontrara cerrada desde 21 diciembre 2015 a 4 enero 2016

HEALTHY HABITS

TO KEEP YOUR KIDS SMILING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS AND INTO THE NEW YEARThe holiday season is always a busy time—especially for families. With kids out of school, a steady stream of festivities and a new year to plan for, the rhythm of everyday life gets put on hold. And sometimes that means good oral health routines and habits go out the window too.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) wants to remind parents and caregivers that the holiday break is a great time to help your kids establish and maintain healthy dental habits. This includes good brushing, flossing and eating habits that are essential for healthy teeth.
TOOTH DECAY IS LARGELY PREVENTABLE. ESSENTIAL STEPS TO PREVENTION:The AAPD recommends that a child’s first visit to a pediatric dentist should be by the AGE OF ONE or when the FIRST TOOTH APPEARS. Regular check-ups should occur every SIX MONTHS.Parents should help their children brush their teeth TWICE DAILY — after breakfast and before bedtime are ideal. It’s…