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Oct 23 / Natasha Gayle

Fun, Healthy Halloween Ideas for Your Kids

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We all want our kids to have fun on Halloween. Didn’t we, growing up? Trick-or-treating, going to costume parties, toilet-papering the neighbor’s house (Oops…did I just admit to that? You might want to discourage this last one!). However, we also want them to be safe and healthy. Too much candy can rot our kids’ teeth and negatively affect their health. How many fillings or other dental work have you had since being a kid to know that this is true? Not taking proper precautions when sending kids out trick-or-treating can also be unwise when it comes to their safety.

Here, we’ll talk about some fun, healthy Halloween ideas to help keep your kids safe and healthy, while allowing them to have a lot of good, holiday fun!

Oct 16 / Natasha Gayle

What Kind of Halloween Candy Should You Buy?

Choosing What Kind Of Halloween Candy To Buy

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Halloween is two weeks away, which means you’re probably stocking up on candy and costumes, or stumped over what kind of Halloween candy to buy. We hope this post can help you decide on the best Halloween candy to get this year that your kids will enjoy and that will be the least harmful to their teeth.

Here are some of the top candies to keep away from your kids’ teeth:

Oct 14 / Natasha Gayle

Kids Dental Hygiene Essentials for Busy Parents

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Photo by makelessnoise / CC BY

As a parent, life can get very busy. There’s so much to do and remember for work, for your kids, for you, personally, that things can sometimes get forgotten. Your kids’ dental habits shouldn’t be one of them. However, we understand it can be tough to manage it all, so we’ve put together a list of kids dental hygiene essentials every busy parent should have.

Oct 9 / Natasha Gayle

How to Pay for and Maintain Your Kids Dental Care

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There are many things you can do at home to help care for your child’s teeth—help them brush and floss their teeth everyday, make sure they’re eating a healthy diet that’s good for their health and teeth and recognize when it’s time to take them to the dentist. While your child needs to be seeing a dentist every six months for their regular dental checkup and cleanings, there may be times when you need to take him/her to the dentist in addition to those visits. Here are a few possible scenarios:

  • Bleeding gums (gum disease)
  • Chronic pain
  • Canker sores
  • Dry mouth
  • Receding gums
  • Dental emergencies (knocked-out or broken tooth)

You’ll find these listed in the infographic below, along with helpful tips for your kids dental care and what you can expect to pay for each stage of their dental needs.

Oct 7 / Natasha Gayle

Kids Dental Care in the Movies

Kids Dental Care In The Movies: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

It’s now October, which means your kids are probably getting pretty excited about Halloween. What are they going to be this year? As you help them search for a great costume, don’t let them forget the importance of proper, daily dental care. Here are some great movies that can not only give your kids great costume ideas but that demonstrate kids dental care in the movies:

Oct 2 / Natasha Gayle

Kids Dental Quiz: How Healthy Is Your Child’s Mouth?

How Healthy Is Your Child's Mouth

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Once kids reach a certain age and you no longer have to help them brush their teeth, it can be easy to step aside and let them handle it all on their own. However, it’s important to keep track of how they’re doing with this daily habit to make sure their mouth is as healthy as it can be.

Take our kids dental quiz and find out just how healthy your child’s dental habits are, and if there’s anything you can do to help them improve.

 

 


Sep 25 / Natasha Gayle

Understanding the State of Kids Dental Care in the U.S.

Kids Dental Care Infographic Preview

With tooth decay being the number one chronic, infectious disease affecting children in the United States today, kids dental care couldn’t be more important. For the sake of your children’s health and dental health, making sure they have their regular dental visits is crucial, as well as establishing a regular dental routine at home.

Here are a few things you can do to help your child get into the habit of having a regular dental routine at home:

Sep 23 / Natasha Gayle

Don’t Become Violet Beauregarde! Healthier Gum Chewing Habits

Violet Beauregarde Gum Chewing

Remember Violet Beauregarde from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory?  While your child surely isn’t bound to the fate of Violet Beauregarde—being rolled away by Oompa-Loopas for blowing up like a balloon after eating a tempting piece of bubble gum—there are dangers to frequent gum chewing, especially when it comes to your child’s dental and overall health.

Sep 18 / Natasha Gayle

What You Need to Know About Wisdom Tooth Removal

Wisdom Tooth Removal Infographic

Have your children had their wisdom teeth removed? As they enter their teen years, and on into young adulthood, the procedure becomes seemingly inevitable. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, an estimated 85% of wisdom teeth eventually need to be removed, and an estimated 9 out of 10 people have the procedure at some point in their life–although it’s better to do so at a young age. 

Before you break out your video camera in preparation for your child’s wisdom tooth removal day (You’ve surely seen at least one funny video of a post-wisdom tooth removal experience), it’s helpful for parents and children to understand the process and procedure. Doing so will keep you informed and possibly allay some of the fears your child may be experiencing. Though a common procedure, kids may still be nervous about what’s going to happen to them. Helping them understand what they’re walking into can ease those fears.

This infographic demonstrates what you can expect from your child’s wisdom tooth removal and how you can help them as they recover:


Sep 16 / Natasha Gayle

America’s Push for Healthy School Lunches

Healthy School Lunches Lunch Line

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Do you remember what you used to eat for lunch at the school cafeteria? While you may have some great cafeteria stories to tell of your own—Mystery-Meat Fridays, Sloppy-Joe Tuesdays, etc.—you probably cringe at the thought of your child eating those same foods.

Legislators took this into consideration and in 2010 passed the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” as a way to improve those cafeteria standards so children get the nutrition they need.

If you’ve been following the progress of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, it may not surprise you to hear that this law has been received in vastly different ways.  This article is not meant to take sides in this critical debate, but to describe the progress and the impact this act has had in the past couple of years as well as lay out some possibilities we may want to consider.

Sep 11 / Natasha Gayle

Taking Care of Your Sick Kids and Their Teeth

Sick Kids

When your kids are feeling under the weather, one of the last things you probably think about is the health of their teeth. You’re too busy trying to help them feel better, as any parent would be. In all actuality, taking care of their teeth can help them feel better faster.

Discover what you can do to take care of your sick kids and their teeth by heeding the advice listed below.

Sep 9 / Natasha Gayle

How to Help Your Child Stay Healthy at School

Little Girl Stays Healthy At School

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As a parent, you may have realized that your kids can be a bit…germy. Now imagine your child multiplied by one hundred kids. It’s no wonder they get sick so easily. Germs are everywhere, and a lot of kids don’t know that there are ways to avoid them—or that they even should.

Here are several steps you can take, as a parent, to help your child stay healthy at school.

Sep 4 / Natasha Gayle

How to Encourage Kids to Eat Healthy Food

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Photo by Melissa / CC BY

As parents, when you think about ways you can improve your child’s overall health, consider some of their habits. What foods are they eating regularly? Do they seem to enjoy eating healthy foods or do they do so begrudgingly because they have to?

This article will look at ways you can encourage kids to eat healthy food by making these foods more appealing to them. They may start to enjoy eating healthier and  eventually take those great habits on into adulthood and into their own families.

Sep 2 / Natasha Gayle

Healthy Snacks for Studying Students

Studying Student For Healthy Snacks

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School is back in session and it’s likely your kids are studying hard. But what are they eating to get through their studying time? Junior high, high school and college-age students are known for eating not-so-healthy snacks. While these snacks may give your kids the temporary energy boost they need, what affect will these foods have on their health?

For this school year, try encouraging good eating habits in your kids by giving them some of these healthy power snacks. They’ll get through their studies and feel healthier overall.

Aug 26 / Kayla

The Importance of Dental Insurance for Employees’ Health

Working Professionals With Dental Insurance

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Do you provide your employees with dental insurance? If so, you may be helping improve their overall health, according to a recent survey by Delta Dental. Dental health is important to improve a person’s overall well-being, and those who receive dental insurance from their employer are more likely to have good dental health. Check out the results of the survey below and learn more about the importance of dental insurance for your employees’ health.