To build strong bones, you must provide yourself with tons of calcium, which milk happens to have. In fact, it contains about 300 milligrams in one cup! So does drinking milk or eating dairy products benefit the strength and health of your teeth? The answer is yes, and here are some of the reasons why:
- According to the National Institutes of Health, ninety-nine percent of calcium is stored in your teeth and bones.
- Since baby teeth begin forming long before birth, expecting mothers should consume their “Recommended Dietary Allowance” of it: between 1000 and 1300 mg per day.
- Milk and dairy products such as cheeses can actually reduce tooth decay.
- Milk forms a protective coating on enamel that can prevent bacteria coming in direct contact with your teeth.
Overall, consuming plenty of milk and dairy can make your family’s teeth stronger and more decay-resistant, but, at the end of the day, incorporating a good oral care routine is key to preventing dental disease.
What exactly is a pediatric dentist? A pediatric dentist treats children from infancy through teenage years. A pediatric dentist is just like a general dentist when it comes to preventative dentistry, regular cleanings, and treatments. Although they are both similar, we have a few general differences that are present between the two in order to get a better idea of what works for you and the family.
- Caters to the entire family
- Provides cleanings twice a year along with X-rays
- Repair tooth cavities
- Treat oral conditions that are related to any diseases
- Acquired two to three additional years of training with emphasis on child psychology, growth and development
- Caters to a certain age group (1-18)
- Provides habit counseling (pacifier and thumb sucking)
- Handle dental development difficulties
- Contain orthodontics
There is no right or wrong practice when it comes to using a general dentist or a pediatric dentist. However, there are benefits to using a pediatric dentist and then switching to a general when the time comes. It all depends on personal preference! So whichever dentist you may choose, either one will be just fine for the youngins.
You may think that baby teeth eventually just fall out and may not need to be repaired if they have any problems, but they definitely play a huge role for eating and future development of permanent teeth. Your baby teeth, or primary teeth, fall out at different times depending on the type of tooth. For instance, primary molars don’t fall out by at least the age of ten. It’s possible that a cavity can develop during that time frame and cause a problem for the tooth before it falls out. Any sign of small decay can spread and cause the premature loss of a primary tooth. The more primary teeth that are in good shape, the better! Preserving the health of primary teeth is important is because it holds the space for permanent teeth. Keeping them around is the best way to avoid unnecessary crowding in the future caused by other teeth drifting into any spaces left by an extracted primary tooth.
Pediatric Dentistry of Florida, Dr. Tim Verwest, DMD & Associates is recognized as one of the 10 best kid-friendly dentists in Florida by Best Things Florida, finishing second best. Pediatric and general dentist in Florida were evaluated based on reviews, reputation, treatment and overall experience. Powered by American Towns Media, Best Things Florida highlights the best of everything Florida has to offer.
Dr. Verwest honorary awards for 2017 include; America’s Best Dentist by the National Consumer Advisory Board, The City Beat News (CBN) Spectrum Award of Excellence in Customer Satisfaction, The Consumer Research Council of America inclusion in the Guide to America’s Top Dentists, HulaFrog’s Most Loved Dentist Award, and the Fort Myers News-Press 27th annual best of Southwest Florida award for Best Pediatric Dentist.