Monthly Archives: February 2014

The American Dental Association has been recommending for almost half a century that children should start using toothpaste with fluoride by the time they reach two years old. However, the organization just revealed their new recommendation regarding use of fluoride toothpaste in the February issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

Early Prevention Measures
So what’s the new recommendation? Fluoride toothpaste may now be used in children by the time their first tooth appears, instead of waiting until they reach two years old. Such recommendation has to do with ADA’s aim to start the prevention of dental cavities as early as possible.

Dr. Edmond L. Truelove, chair of the ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs, said in a press release that “approximately 25 percent of children have or had cavities before entering kindergarten, so it’s important to provide guidance to caregivers on the appropriate use of fluoride toothpaste to help prevent their children from developing cavities.”

A New Recommendation with One Condition
The new recommendation by ADA comes with one condition though — that only a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste should be smeared into the little one’s toothbrush. This will help avoid the ingestion of fluoride resulting to dental fluorosis in children. Such condition is characterized by staining of the tooth enamel (or change in color) in children below 8 years old and are found out to consume too much fluoride.

Children’s Dentistry in Houston, Texas
Visit our clinics in Houston, Texas to learn more about your child’s fluoride requirements. The Royal Dental team in Houston, Texas has been helping young Houstonians smile straight, bright and healthy since 1992! Get in touch with us by calling (713) 330-7700 or by filling out this contact form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your child’s dental visit!

If you’re diabetic or is currently caring for a family member or a friend who is one, you are probably aware that the condition can also lead to a host of problems involving the eyes, kidneys, heart, and nerves. However, are you aware that diabetes can also cause oral health problems?

Here at our Houston dental practice, it’s not uncommon to receive visits from patients with diabetes. By and large, we consider these individuals as clients needing more than just basic dental care. In fact, the results of a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that nonsurgical periodontal therapy is actually not enough to manage gum problems associated with diabetes. Thus, special care should be given to these patients. 

Oral Health Problems Common in Individuals with Diabetes

If you are diabetic, your erratic blood sugar levels will increase your risk for the following oral health problems: 

  • Gum Disease – Elevated blood sugar levels can result to gum inflammation which can either be a case of gingivitis (sore, swollen, and red gums) or periodontitis (when the gums pull away or shrink from your teeth).

  • Fungal Infections – Abnormalities in blood sugar levels can suppress your immune system, increasing your risk of fungal infections in the mouth. Symptoms include difficulties in swallowing and the appearance of painful sores.

  • Delayed healing and risk of infection after oral surgery – Your blood sugar levels may need to be stabilized and monitored before undergoing oral surgery.

Let us help you manage your oral health if you’re diabetic or currently having problems with your blood sugar levels. Call us at (713) 330-7700 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to your visit!

 

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