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At CedarNorth Dental, we emphasize quality dental care for the entire family, including your youngest family members.
In order to achieve a healthy smile for a lifetime, it is important to start young. CedarNorth offers a positive, fun and relaxing first visit for each child to set them up for good oral health for a lifetime. We recommend the first dental visit to start between the ages of one and two years old so that the child can become familiar with the dental environment and the parents can receive information on proper oral hygiene, nutrition and preventive care for their child’s teeth. At CedarNorth Dental, we’re focused on the importance of education and prevention in our comprehensive patient care for the entire family.
Are you crazy about gum, but not so much about its effect on your teeth? (Good for you!) Researchers presenting at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Session in Cincinnati found a natural sweetener may not only improve the taste of gum, juice and candy, it may also reduce tooth decay.
Their study observed children of Belize over the course of several years, some of whom chewed gum with sugar, others with artificial sweeteners. Results showed that those who chewed gum artificially sweetened with Xylitol, a natural sweetener found in trees and fruit that does not cause cavities, suffered from less tooth decay over the duration of the study.
Another study done in Finland found fewer mothers transmitted cavity-causing bacteria to their children when they chewed gum with xylitol. The bacteria transmission occurs when mother and children share eating utensils. Xylitol is widely available in most supermarkets, but know that it's difficult to achieve the correct dosing. To see results, you'd have to chew gum with a high dose of Xylitol frequently and for prolonged durations. Products containing this natural sweetener may also cost more than those artificially sweetened with other additives.
So, the next time you're dying for a piece of chewy goodness, consider grabbing a brand containing Xylitol. While it can be difficult to obtain optimum results through its use, it is certainly far healthier to chew than gum containing sugar.
Getting your children started on the path to good oral health starts early. By bringing your young ones to CedarNorth Dental to experience our positive and caring environment, you’ll set them up for a healthy attitude toward dental care that will last a lifetime. Get started with a quick call to our conveniently-located Fresno office. You can reach our friendly team at (559) 214-2468. We can’t wait to meet the little ones!