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Dental Fluorosis can start from an early age. The initial signs are quite minimal, but they may result in white speckled teeth. Find out more about this here.
Transcript: Nobody likes yellow, stained teeth. But imagine obvious white specks on your teeth that can NEVER be...
Nobody likes yellow, stained teeth. But imagine obvious white specks on your teeth that can NEVER be brushed away.Those specks may be a condition called FLUOROSIS, where fluoride mineralizes on the outer layer of your teeth, damaging the enamel surface. In mild cases, it's nothing more than a whitish spot making the rest of the tooth look yellower in comparison. In more severe cases, mottling of the enamel leads to black and brown stains, and cracking and pitting of the teeth, making them MORE susceptible overall to cavities and tooth decay. Fluorosis FIRST develops in CHILDREN, between the ages of 1 and 4. -- BEFORE permanent teeth come in. Fluoride exposure is MOST critical at this time because permanent teeth are still developing. While the amount of fluoride that's added to water by city municipalities IS NOT a problem, some communities have higher concentrations of naturally occurring fluoride, that CAN cause MILD to moderate cases of fluorosis. The fluoride in toothpastes IS NOT an issue if not swallowed in large amounts. Plus, most children's toothpastes are fluoride- free. Past the age of 8, however, additional fluorosis is not USUALLY a risk. The EFFECTS of fluorosis are IRREVERSIBLE and preventive measures would have to be taken when the child was very young. If you want to get rid of those pesky specks, though, you've got options. Bleaching or even abrasion can take care of mild cases. Abrasion finely sands off the outer layer of stained enamel, leaving you speck-free. If your case is more severe, abrasion will take off too much enamel, which is why composite bonding and porcelain veneers may be a better bet. In composite bonding, the enamel is treated or etched with a mild acid so a composite resin can be bonded on to the tooth surface. With veneers, a ceramic SHELL is placed over the front of the tooth. Both look good initially, but while bonding is less EXPENSIVE than veneers, it tends to discolor over time and is considered less permanent.For more ways to make your smile look amazing, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-29 | Tags »
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Coffee Stunts Children's Growth: Myth or Fact? Get the truth about how coffee does and doesn't effect children in this health video.
Transcript: Besides the jitteriness and the insomnia, children have another reason not to drink coffee: it stunts...
Besides the jitteriness and the insomnia, children have another reason not to drink coffee: it stunts their growth. Or so was once thought, according to an old wives' tale. But after decades of research on the physiological results of coffee consumption, there's no evidence that it has ANY effect on height. The genesis of this myth is unclear. Caffeine consumption was thought to be a factor in osteoporosis, which stemmed from early studies associating high intake of caffeinated beverages with reduced bone mass. Much of the research, however, that linked caffeine and osteoporosis, was conducted in populations that ALSO had low calcium intakes, a DEFINITE culprit of reduced bone health. The minor effect that caffeine MAY have on calcium absorption is easily mitigated by adding a few tablespoons of milk into your coffee. If coffee doesn't stunt children's growth, should you still limit their consumption? Perhaps, if you don't want caffeine-induced mania driving you mildly insane!More »
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To put a stop to picky eaters you will have to demonstrate a lot of skill and patience. Watch this to learn how.
Transcript: So your little one is boycotting any dinner that isn't hotdogs? Picky eaters are natural. In fact, research...
So your little one is boycotting any dinner that isn't hotdogs? Picky eaters are natural. In fact, research shows that children need to be exposed to new foods ten to fifteen times before developing a taste for them! But that doesn't mean you have to put up with a Twinkie-only diet. Put a stop to picky eaters by letting them see grown-ups enjoying the food in question. When your child asks what you're eating, you can casually ask "Want a bite?" It's also important not to make a separate meal for a picky eater. If he or she doesn't want to eat what everyone else is having, that's okay, but don't offer other options. Children can miss a meal or two, and-trust us!-they get hungry eventually. Follow through with these simple suggestions and picky eaters will soon be feasting happily with the rest of the family!More »
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There are conflicting opinions about fluoride. Watch our video for more information about its uses and advantages.
Transcript: You might be confused about whether adding fluoride to drinking water or dental hygiene products is a...
You might be confused about whether adding fluoride to drinking water or dental hygiene products is a good or bad thing. Well, you're NOT alone. Health care professionals, and even local politicians, have been arguing over fluoride's virtues and vices for decades. So what's the debate all about? Here's a quick run down of the different points of view in the great fluoride debate.First, exactly what IS fluoride and why is it used to promote oral health?Fluoride is an element that occurs naturally in many foods, soil and water. In our bodies it has the unique ability to attract calcium, a building block of bones and teeth. It helps keep teeth cavity-free by making the tooth surface harder by actually remineralizing tooth enamel as it goes through its life cycle.That's why manufacturers add fluoride to products like mouthwashes and toothpastes, and municipalities put fluoride in the local water supply. According to the American Dental Association, fluoridation of municipal water supplies has REDUCED Americans' f tooth decay rate by 50 to 60 PERCENT over the last 60 years. But OPPONENTS of fluoridation point out that those statistics are not as impressive as they might seem at first glance. Recent analysis shows that communities NOT using fluoridated water have still seen an 18 to 40 percent reduction in rates of tooth decay during the same time span. The reason? The increased use of fluoridated toothpastes and the popularity of bottled waters. Because of the increase in these supplemental fluoride sources, those arguing AGAINST adding fluoride to drinking water say that people may be consuming too MUCH fluoride. And opponents are particularly concerned that it will harm children.You see, while topical fluoride is MOST useful for stopping decay in ADULT teeth, for children, particularly those 8 or younger, too high a concentration of ingested fluoride can actually trigger a condition called FLUOROSIS. Mild cases of fluorosis cause whitish spots to form on the enamel, making the rest of the tooth look yellowed in comparison. In more severe cases, where fluoride mineralizes on the outer layer of the teeth, you can get ugly discoloration, cracking, and pitting of the enamel. Ironically, this cracking and pitting exposes the dentin, the soft layer underneath the enamel, making the teeth MORE susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. Some experts also worry that fluoridated water is harmful for the ELDERLY, people with calcium and magnesium deficiencies, and people with certain kidney diseases. These folks MAY be more susceptible to a painful bone disease called SKELETALl FLUOROSIS. And others argue that there's no TRUE way to know for sure just how much fluoride is being put into their water supplies.To find out how much fluoride is in your tap water, you can contact your local or state health department, or your local water supplier. The World Health Organization set a general concentration guideline of 1.5 miligram of fluoride per liter in drinking water to avoid adverse effects. In AMERICA the guidelines are even lower, 1 part per million which is about the same as 1.0 milligram per liter. This guideline was reduced recently by the Dept of Health and Human Services to reflect the realities of the additional fluorides that are present in the population's food and water intake. So if you're worried that you're getting too much fluoride, talk to your dentist to evaluate your fluoride levels.For more information on how to keep your teeth healthy and shining, check out other videos in this series.More »
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Childhood obesity is a serious epidemic, but not one that your kids have to contribute to! Get moving, get losing together with these fun ideas.
Transcript: About 9 million American children are overweight, and that population is-quite literally-widening. ...
About 9 million American children are overweight, and that population is-quite literally-widening. The population of obese kids has actually tripled in the past thirty years. Childhood obesity leads to diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels. As a parent, one of the best things you can do is encourage your kids to get moving! With children, actions speak louder than words, so don't waste time talking about exercise...just get out and do it! (If you exercise with your kids, they'll want to play too-and you'll get a work-out in, as well! Rainy day? Try renting a simple exercise tape or DVD and doing it together. Kids, especially younger ones, love making up moves to do to a taped routine. Encourage this by trying their suggestions. These days, many gyms also offer "kiddie" classes, so your little ones can get fit while you sneak in your own work-out. Whatever you and the kids decide to do, ensure that it's active! They'll thank you in the "long run."More »
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Missing out on a good breakfast can lead to a number of health issues in kids. Set up success- with breakfast! Watch this video to find out how.
Transcript: What if one tweak to your kids' routine could help them to do better in class and keep their weight steady?Believe...
What if one tweak to your kids' routine could help them to do better in class and keep their weight steady?Believe it or not, one tweak can do all of that and it's simply ensuring your kids get a well-balanced breakfast every morning. Forty percent of children don't, and that's bad news, because studies show that kids don't consume the missed nutrients later. Breakfast eaters do better in math and reading at school. They also have reduced blood pressure and less chance of developing diabetes! Unfortunately, a donut isn't the nutritional powerhouse that kids need. Instead, try one of these fun ideas. Make a banana dog with peanut butter, a banana, and raisins in a whole-grain bun. A breakfast taco is a corn tortilla filled with low fat cheese and topped with salsa. Or try the old stand-by of whole-grain cereal, milk, and berries. Whatever your children eat, just make sure they do...they don't call it the most important meal of the day for nothing!More »
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Parents are always worried about the kinds of germs their kids are exposed to on daily basis. To win the germ war, get tips from this video.
Transcript: As a parent, you want well-behaved kids, but did you know that good old-fashioned manners could actually...
As a parent, you want well-behaved kids, but did you know that good old-fashioned manners could actually make them sick? You've told them to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze. While this may be good etiquette, it's bad health news! Colds and flu spread through mucous and saliva droplets that are passed from person to person. That means that sneezing or wiping your nose with your hands is how the flu gets spread throughout your family. Therefore, it's actually smart to teach children to use their sleeves to sneeze into. In addition, encouraging special attention to hand-washing is vital. Instruct them to sing the "The Happy Birthday Song" to themselves while they wet their hands, add soap, and scrub. This averages out to the twenty seconds that hand washing should take. Teaching your kids these simple practices may seem silly, but it will keep them happy and healthy, no matter how fast flu germs fly!More »
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If your kid hates exercise, you know how challenging it can be to get them up and moving. Check out this video to learn effective tips to get kids moving.
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Fitness is important for everyone, even the little ones in your family but it may take some encouraging to get your kids working out. Watch this video to learn how to get your kids interested in fitness.
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We all know kids can do awesome things but sometimes they need a little push in the right direction. Learn how JAM is helping kids tap into fitness and beat world records.
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Even if your child can only squeeze a short workout into their busy school schedule, it's better than lounging around all day. Learn the benefits of short workouts in this video.
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Ready to tackle a world record? Learn the JAM World Record workout and help your kds get into the fitness groove!
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