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Redmond Kids Dentistry February 2018 Newsletter
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Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.
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Why You May Want to Let Your Kids Brush with Phone Apps
There is an app for everything these days, and they even have apps for brushing your teeth. You may be understandably hesitant about increasing screen time for your children, but there are some major benefits that can come with letting your child brush while using an app. It may be worth considering as your child learns to brush their teeth, even if you have to hold the phone while they brush.

Benefits of Toothbrushing Apps
First, your child learns how to brush long enough. It is difficult to know when your child hits two full minutes is up. However, if they watch an app that times them, they learn the right amount of time to brush. Second, kids the app can help kids remember to brush their top and bottom teeth, plus all side of their teeth. This is imperative for good oral health. Finally, apps can make brushing fun. Brushing is often seen as a chore for kids. If you let them have fun while brushing, they will be more likely to do it, and do it right!

The more fun you can add into toothbrushing time, the more your children will look forward to an oral hygiene routine. That is half the battle won right there when it comes to getting your children to regularly keep their teeth clean.

What Happens if Your Child Swallows Toothpaste?
Helping a child learn to brush their teeth is always a fun, yet challenging job for caregivers. It is neat to watch them learn this skill, but you have to make sure they are taking care of things properly. Swallowing a bit of toothpaste is going to happen, but what happens if it is a lot?

So long as you are using the amount recommended on the tube of fluoride toothpaste, your child should be just fine even if they swallow it occasionally. However, if they grab the tube and try and eat it, this is the time to worry. Typically, toothpaste will cause little more than a stomach ache, but if your child has swallowed toothpaste, give him a glass of milk. The calcium in milk will bind the fluoride so less is ingested. Then contact Poison Control and they will be able to walk you through next steps.

Does Lip Gloss Damage Your Oral Health?
While using lip gloss may seem like a harmless way to spruce up your smile, have you ever considered its impact on your oral health?

While the data is still not concrete, there is some evidence that wearing lip gloss on a regular basis can contribute to skin cancer. This could be because the gloss actually intensifies the effects of the sun’s UV rays, much like tanning oil, but the increased effect is most likely minimal.

If you are going to be outdoors for an extended period of time (even if it’s cloudy out), consider a lip balm with SPF to protect your lips from UV rays and the elements, and save lip gloss for more special occasions.

Our treatment philosophy centers around each child's individual needs and concerns to create a gentle and caring approach that works for that child. We firmly believe that a positive, enjoyable dental experience will help children build confidence and knowledge that will create a lifetime of great dental health.



Redmond Kids Dentistry | www.redmondkidsdentistry.com | (425) 558-4562
16650 NE 79th Street, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052



 

 

 
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