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Tips for Healthy Teeth

As the summer heat hits its height, parents reach for the coldest of frozen treats to cool their kids down. After playing on the playground on a hot day, ice cream, popsicles, and cold fruity drinks are the go-to choices for snack time and refreshing thirst-quenchers for your little ones. Although yummy and cooling, these frosty foods and drinks are packed with sugar that can lead to cavities and tooth decay. To help your child’s teeth survive the sugary summertime, Dentist Dr. Dan Smith offers his Top 5 Tips to keeping your child’s pearly whites healthy.

1. “Be sure your child brushes their teeth twice a day with ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste,” says Dr. Smith. This does not mean a quick once-over with a brush but, watch as your child brushes each surface of their teeth for two full minutes.

2. “Replace your kid’s toothbrush every three to four months,” according to Dr. Smith. The tell tale sign that a new toothbrush is needed is frayed bristles. A brush with worn down bristles won’t do a good job of cleaning your child’s teeth.

3. “Have your child floss daily,” states Dr. Smith. All that sugar will build up between teeth and under gums. Flossing helps remove the plaque and food particles that have accumulated.

4. “Feed your child a balanced diet,” claims Dr. Smith. It is okay to indulge your kid’s sweet tooth but only from time to time. It is paramount to feed your little one a balanced diet of fruit, veggies, dairy, protein, and carbs.

5. “Schedule your child regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and oral exams.” Last but not least, a check-up every six months is recommended by Dr. Smith in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.

About Dr. Daniel C. Smith, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

Daniel Smith, D.D.S., F.A.G.D in 1981 graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry and began his professional career with a three-year stint as a member of the US Public Health Service in Dallas, Texas, while simultaneously practicing in a private office in Plano, Texas. Dr. Smith in 1988 established Focus Dentistry located in Agoura Hills, California where he practices today.

He prides himself on his commitment to continued education and has spent over 2,000 hours building his expertise in dentistry, with more than 1,000 of those hours dedicated to implant dentistry. Dr. Smith is a graduate of the Misch International Implant Institute, having completed in 2004 a residency in prosthetics and in 2005 a residency in implant surgery. He maintains memberships in several organizations including the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the Academy of Osseointegration, the International College of Implantology, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Additionally, he was awarded a mastership and diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology in 2005.

Dr. Smith frequently lectures on implant dentistry and is the director of Focus Dental Institute for Implant Reconstruction as well as co-director of Focus Center of Sleep Apnea and Snoring. Please visit to learn more.

Tips for Oral Hygiene During Pregnancy

When we are pregnant we often focus so much on getting ready for the baby and what we are eating, we don’t pay attention to our teeth. According to Oral-B, as many as 70% of women are affected by gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, during their pregnancies. Gingivitis is caused by an accumulation of plaque in the mouth on the teeth and below the gum line; this can also be triggered by fluctuating hormones. Additionally, pregnant women are at greater risk for tooth decay when sugary food cravings kick in. Refining your oral hygiene during pregnancy is one of the most important steps you can take to help yourself and your baby.

Dr. Margaret Mitchell, DDS, of Mitchell Dental Spa, a dental and spa facility located in Chicago’s Water Tower Place, provides the following tips for maintaining proper oral hygiene during pregnancy:

  • Inform Your Dentist: X-Rays can harm the baby, and medications you may be on can affect the treatment your dentist administers.
  • Clean Where the Toothbrush Doesn’t: Make sure to floss every day; toothbrushes can leave as much as 40% of your tooth surfaces untouched.
  • Utilize Proper Brushing Technique: Brush twice a day for at least two minutes, using fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities.
  • Increase Time Spent on Oral Care: This means brushing after every meal if possible or at least rinsing your mouth out with water if a toothbrush is not available.
  • Floss: Make flossing or the use of a Waterpik a regular part of your oral hygiene regimen.
  • Eat Well: A well-balanced diet will not only give your unborn baby nutrients, it will help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
  • Visit Your Dentist: Consider more frequent visits to the dentist during pregnancy, so the risk of pregnancy gingivitis can be decreased through early detection and treatment. At the very least, regular 6 month check-ups during pregnancy are important.