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Bottled Water: Friend or Foe?

October 18th, 2017

Some people choose bottled water over tap because they think it’s cleaner. Some do it out of convenience: It’s easy to grab a bottle of water to take with you for the day as you run out the door or hop in your car.

Whatever the reason, bottled water has been coming in ahead of tap water for the last couple of years. What many people may not know is that choosing bottled water over tap can actually be detrimental to your dental health.

Most brands of bottled water fail to include a vital ingredient: fluoride. Fluoride plays an important role in helping maintain good oral health because it helps strengthen our teeth. Stronger teeth mean a lower chance of tooth decay, and who doesn’t want that?

When we choose bottled water over tap water, we deprive our pearly whites of something they might very well need.

The good news is that the American Dental Association has endorsed both community water fluoridation and products that contain fluoride as a safe way to prevent tooth decay. If bottled water happens to be the preference for you or your family, you don’t necessarily have to force everyone to start drinking tap water.

Just check the label and make sure the brand you purchase contains fluoride.

It’s essential to remember that switching up the water you drink isn’t going to put you on the fast track to perfect teeth, though. Flossing and brushing three times a day is vital!

If you have any questions about fluoride or your dental health, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Rachel Maher at our Wilmington, DE office!

Stockings for Soldiers

October 12th, 2017

As the holidays are quickly approaching we ask that you please take a moment to help Dr. Maher with her efforts to send something cheerful to the soldiers who are far from home. Dr. Maher has been supporting the efforts of a wonderful organization, Stockings for Soldiers, for a few years now.
This year we plan to switch things up a little bit. This year we would like to send more of the items from the soldiers' wish-lists (instead of candy).
Please help us send smiles across the miles. Please see the following lists which have basic things and fun things for soldiers (including Canine Soldiers) You can find the wish-list for our  K9 Soliders here: List of needed items for Canine SoldiersYou can find the wish-list for our Soldiers here: List of needed items for Stockings for Soldiers
Feel free to browse the website for this great organization. You can see photos of the recipients of the holiday care packages and stockings. You can see the happiness that these care-packages bring. Feel free to drop items off to our office. The ripples of kindness which we share really do reach far and wide. Thank you from Dentistry for Children.

October 12th, 2017

It's that time of year again! In the spirit of Halloween,  we would like to ask you to PLEASE go onto Facebook here and "LIKE" our decorated pumpkin which is on display at GNO Orthodontics.
Look for Darla from the Disney film Finding Nemo  ---  She is sitting in the dental chair and waiting for your "LIKE"!

Dangers of Thumb Sucking

October 11th, 2017

It’s common for children to suck their thumb at a young age. Dr. Rachel Maher and our team want you to understand the potential issues that can surface down the road if the habit isn’t broken early on.

It’s normal for infants to explore the function of their mouths by putting objects like their thumbs inside it. You shouldn’t be concerned if your baby regularly sucks his or her thumb. For infants who are still growing their baby teeth, thumb sucking can help with stimulating growth and development of their baby teeth.

Thumb sucking is not a problem among infants because they generally do it to sooth and comfort themselves. Problems can occur of kids continue the habit when their baby teeth begin to fall out, around six years of age.

If you have a young child whose adult teeth are starting to come in, that’s when thumb sucking can start to be a problem. Most children stop thumb sucking between the ages of two and three years. According to the American Dental Association, if thumb sucking continues as adult teeth come in, this can lead to problems involving improper alignment of teeth and growth of the jaw, gums, and roof of the mouth.

It may also affect your child’s speech after that, by causing a lisp or other speech impediments. As a parent, you may need to begin to regulate and intervene if thumb sucking starts to become a bigger problem for your child.

How to Stop Thumb Sucking

  • Provide comfort to your child if thumb sucking happens when he or she is anxious.
  • Limit thumb sucking initially to bedtime or naptime.
  • Employ positive reinforcement for good behavior.
  • Talk with your child about the potential problems that come from this habit.
  • Distract your son or daughter with activities such as fun games any time you notice it starting.
  • Involve your little one in choosing methods for stopping, like positive rewards.
  • Have Dr. Rachel Maher talk to your child to reinforce concerns about thumb sucking.

Don’t forget that thumb sucking is a common habit that many children indulge in, and it should not be a concern right away. If you’re worried about your child’s thumb-sucking habit, start to address the issue as soon as possible.

The above techniques can help to reduce the amount of time your child sucks a thumb. Dr. Rachel Maher and our team are here to help you if you have any questions or concerns about this habit.

Feel free to call our Wilmington, DE office and we will be happy to help you and your child.