Healthy Lunch Alternatives

packing lunchThe food your child eats can affect their smile. If you are packing your child’s lunch, make sure to include some of these healthy snack foods to keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy!

Apple Slices

Apples are unique in that they naturally clean teeth as they are eaten by scrubbing your teeth, tongue and gums, removing plaque due to their texture. Natural juice from apples can help remove surface stains from teeth and destroy residue buildup from the back of your tongue, making your breath fresher. Apple slices are a healthy dessert alternative for school lunches!

Yogurt & Cheese

Dairy products are high in calcium, which helps increase bone strength, including your teeth. Yogurt and cheese also include casein, a protein which prevents cavities and strengthens enamel. The healthy bacteria found in yogurt removes unhealthy bacteria that can lead to cavities. Adding a dairy product can raise your child’s calcium intake!

Raw Vegetables

Raw vegetables, like apple slices, offer a healthy snack alternative to starchy, sugary snacks. Chips, cookies or crackers can cause buildup on your teeth that can eventually lead to cavities. A stick of celery can naturally clean your teeth as you munch on it!

Water

Swishing water in your mouth after eating dislodges any stuck debris between teeth and begins to remove any buildup that can lead to enamel loss. Water increases your mouth’s resistance to acidic foods, unlike juice and soda. Water provides benefits to the rest of the body, from keeping you hydrated to keeping your skin healthy.

If you are concerned about your child’s teeth and how their diet may be affecting their smile, schedule an appointment with Lindner Dental today! We can be reached at 603.944.9196!

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Everything You Need To Know If You’re Considering Veneers

Everything You Need To Know If You’re Considering Veneers

If you’re struggling with damaged, discolored, or badly formed teeth, then you may be considering custom veneers. Veneers can be fabricated indirectly in porcelain or by directly bonding composite resin material. This popular dental procedure allows patients to have thin, custom shells over the surface of their existing teeth. These shells can change the shape, color, and length of teeth making your dream smile obtainable!

Before the veneers can be set in place, they must be made specifically for you. Your teeth will be measured to ensure the veneers are placed comfortably, securely and look completely natural. While each set of teeth are different, it depends on the state of your teeth to decipher the level of preparatory work that needs to be done before placing the veneers on.

Once your veneers are in place and looking stunning, there are a few things to know for aftercare. Like teeth, veneers are strong so you don’t have to restrict your diet to soft foods only – apples, nuts, carrots, etc. are okay in your everyday diet. While the bonding process is very durable, problems can arise. If you feel loosening or if a damage occurs, call your dentist to schedule an appointment.

Some veneers are also susceptible to staining, such as the direct bonded composite resin. However, unlike teeth, whitening toothpastes don’t help erase those stains. It’s best to steer clear of dark-colored beverages, but if you need that morning coffee fix, just make sure to brush thoroughly after! Porcelain veneers, however, do not pick up stains because they are crafted in a glazed ceramic.

For more information on custom veneers or to schedule a consultation call 603-624-3900 today!

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Children’s Snacks That Cause Major Cavities

chipsIt can be difficult to provide your children with a healthy snack especially when you live a busy lifestyle. When dropping kids off at sporting events, dance classes, school, gymnastics or whatever activity they’ve joined, it’s convenient to grab a bag of chips or a snack from a vending machine. However, you need to be very careful with what you’re giving your kids or they may end up with plenty of cavities.

Avoid Starchy Snacks

Snacks such as chips and cookies can severely damage children’s teeth. Chips typically get stuck between teeth and the sugar attacks the enamel. It’s imperative that children regularly brush and floss to remove the sticky starches from getting caught in the teeth. When your child does consume starchy snacks, they need to swish their mouths with cold water for 30 minutes to remove debris.

Fruit Juice

While juice might be a solid alternative to sodas, some of the fruit in these beverages contains sugar. In some cases, fruit juices have more sugar than soda! During the process of making the fruit juice, the fruit has been extracted from the fruit and unfortunately, it loses its nutritional value. Once the fiber has been removed, the drink is basically sugar and water.

Canned Fruit

Canned fruit is simply delicious and it’s a quick snack to pack for school, however, the syrup in these canned fruits contains an immense amount of sugar. Sugar is of course one of the main sources of cavities so if you are shopping for canned fruit, look for one with no added sugar.

Foods that won’t have a negative effect on your child’s teeth include milk, cheese and yogurt especially since they’re such a great source of calcium. Milk and dairy will significantly reduce tooth decay by strengthening your child’s tooth enamel.

Ready to schedule a cleaning for your son or daughter? Give us a call at 603.944.9196!

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Benefits of Preventative Dentistry

flossMaintaining a healthy smile starts at home. Keeping regular dentist appointments based on your dentist’s recommendation is important to your dental health, but you will also need to keep a strict regimen of brushing and flossing to keep your smile strong and clean.

Brushing your teeth twice daily is crucial to maintaining your dental health. Use a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association. Brush your teeth for two-minute stretches in tooth-wide strokes, making sure you get each individual tooth. After you are done with the outer surfaces, brush the inside and tops of your teeth. After you are done brushing your teeth, brush your tongue to remove plaque and bacteria that can cause bad breath. Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or when the bristles begin to fray. Floss at least once per day to eliminate buildup between your teeth. If you are not sure if you are flossing correctly, ask your dentist for a demonstration at your next appointment. Flossing will keep your gums healthy and prevent gingivitis, enamel loss and gum disease.

toothbrushesMake sure you are seeing your dentist at least twice per year for a dental checkup and cleaning. Early detection will keep minor issues from developing into larger problems down the line, from root canals to tooth loss. Maintaining peak dental health can affect your overall health, with heart and respiratory diseases being linked to previous dental problems.

If you are looking to have your teeth checked out, contact Lindner Dental today! We are a family dental practice that specializes in teeth of all ages. We can be reached at 603.944.9196!

 

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Benefits of a Tooth Travel Kit

kid brushing teethMost adults have travel toothbrushes, toothpaste and even mouthwash. Did you know your child could benefit from a travel set? Between school and after school activities, your child may have less time to take care of his or her teeth at home. By filling a travel kit with the following items, your child can maintain a healthy smile!

Toothbrush

You should purchase a brand-new toothbrush for your child’s travel kit. Make sure the new brush has the ADA seal of approval on the packaging, and that you have a travel cover for the toothbrush to keep it protected from germs. You may want to purchase a collapsible tooth brush, which folds into itself leaving more space in the travel case and protects your toothbrush without a separate cover.

Toothpaste

For a travel kit, you only need to purchase a small trial or travel sized tube of toothpaste to fit in the carrying case. Look for the ADA seal of approval, and make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride for a thorough cleaning. If your child likes the toothpaste they use at home, there is a good chance you will be able to find a travel size of it.

Water

Water makes your teeth resistant to acidic foods and can keep your mouth clean. Juice and soda are highly acidic and can damage the enamel on your teeth. Packing a bottle of water gives your child a healthy alternative to acidic, sugary drinks and can help loosen debris stuck between teeth when swished.

Floss

Flossing will help your child remove debris from every space between their teeth. A small container of floss or floss picks will encourage your child to floss regularly.

The dentists and staff at Lindner Dental are here to keep your smile healthy and bright. To schedule your next dental visit to keep the cavities away and inquire about travel kits, call Lindner Dental at 603.944.9196!

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Don’t Let Halloween Candy Leave Your Teeth Looking Scary!

Don’t Let Halloween Candy Leave Your Teeth Looking Scary!

Sugary snacks and candy may seem like a sweet treat to you, but to your teeth it’s downright terrifying! Sugar that is left on your teeth leads to the production of acid that eats away at your enamel causing tooth decay and cavities.

Cavities can vary in severity, some needing just a filling while others need an entire root canal. Some cavities can go undetected, however the longer a cavity goes untreated the worse it gets. With some helpful tips, you can maintain your healthy smile free of cavities!

Tips to Avoid Cavities:

  1. Brush and floss twice a day
  2. Brush after eating or drinking anything high in sugar
  3. Monitor your diet to limit your sugar intake
  4. Visit your dentist regularly
  5. Drink more water

The dentists and staff at Lindner Dental are here to keep your smile and teeth in tip-top shape. To schedule your next dental visit to keep the cavities away, call Lindner Dental at 603-624-3900!

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How to Properly Care for Your Toothbrush

toothpaste on toothbrushGetting your child in the habit of practicing good oral hygiene is critical and taking care of the toothbrush is just as important as taking care of the teeth. Brushing your teeth is only effective if you have a clean toothbrush to properly get the job done.

Rinse After You Use Your Toothbrush

Make sure the bristles on the toothbrush are clean because some debris can remain on the toothbrush which will later damage the bristles.

Don’t Share

It should be common knowledge not to share your toothbrush but you’ll be surprised to find that some people do share toothbrushes. When this happens, germs are spread which can lead you to get extremely sick and your toothbrush is completely contaminated.

Air Dry

Don’t put your toothbrush in a dark container after you brush your teeth because bacteria will grow on the head of the brush, causing you to become sick. Let your toothbrush air dry in an upright position and make sure it’s away from any sprays or perfumes.

When Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

There are several signs that indicate when it’s time to invest in a new toothbrush.

Bristles Falling Out

Loose bristles indicate that your toothbrush has been sufficiently used. This also means that your toothbrush might be a little too old to use. Also, if you’re using a toothbrush with loose bristles, you could potentially swallow synthetic polymers.

Damaged Bristles

When bristles begin to stick outward and they can’t hold their shape, the brush is actually no longer effective.

Toothbrush is 3 Months or Older

If your toothbrush is three months or older, it probably has damaged or missing bristles. Even if the toothbrush is not damaged, you should switch it out for a new one every 3 to 4 months.

Sickness

If you’ve been sick recently, it’s best to purchase a new toothbrush. Any bacteria or germs can be passed from your mouth to the toothbrush and you could end up getting sick again.

Contact Lindner Dental at 603.624.3900 to get in touch with one of our dentists for a cleaning.

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Why Children Should Avoid Sugary Sports Drinks

red and blue sports drinks

With the warm weather fast approaching, kids are looking for juices and energy drinks to cool down. However, even sports drinks such as Gatorade are filled with sugar, leaving kids craving even more sugary treats.

Sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade are filled with carbs, minerals and electrolytes. These beverages replace water and electrolytes that are lost through sweating when exercising. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly urges parents to avoid giving children these beverages as frequent consumption leads to obesity and tooth decay. The AAP recommends kids drink plain water both during and after exercise.

According to a study conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry, sports drinks contain so much acid that your teeth can get destroyed after five days of consistent use. It’s actually not the high levels of sugar that damage your teeth but the intense amount of acidity. The tooth’s enamel gets broken down from the acid in the drinks so over time, teeth become sensitive to temperature changes.

If your children are still drinking sports drinks, there are some tips to reduce damage:

  • Wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth – Brushing right after drinking acidic drinks can cause corrosion of dentin.
  • Drink with a straw
  • Alternate by drinking with sips of water
  • Rinse with water after consuming sports drinks

When enamel is stripped, teeth become extremely sensitive, making them prone to cavities. If you know your child is going to be participating in rigorous activity, they should drink plenty of water. Some parents choose to infuse water with tasty fruit such as strawberries, cucumbers or orange slices.

Is your child’s enamel wearing away? If you notice your son or daughter’s teeth being damaged, have them come into Lindner Dental for a checkup. Our pediatric dentists have years of experience providing anxiety-free dental care to infants, children and teens.

 

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Tooth-Friendly Snacks for Your Kids

Is your little one running to the fridge after school? That time between after school and waiting for dinner is usually spent snacking. However, kids often gravitate towards sticky, chewy and salty treats. Children need to be eating foods that are packed with minerals and vitamins.  Below are several tasty snacks that are great for your kid’s teeth!

Fruit & Peanut Butter

Did you know that Greek yogurt is amazing for your teeth? Grab some fruits, veggies and peanut butter to create the perfect snack.  Use ¾ cup of plain Greek yogurt, mix it with ½ cup of peanut butter and add in your favorite fruits and veggies.

fruit and yogurt

Baked Zucchini

Slice zucchini into thin slices and lay them on a cookie sheet. The kids can sprinkle some parmesan cheese for a little bit of extra flavor. Put in the oven for 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

baked zucchini

Hummus with Pita

Made from chic peas, hummus is a delicious non-fat treat that doesn’t harm your teeth at all. Pair it with some toasted whole grain pita triangles and you have a scrumptious snack!

hummus with pita

Celery Sticks & Cream Cheese

While celery sticks are delicious on their own, children aren’t the biggest fans. Pair the celery sticks with cream cheese to hold your children over for dinner. It will put your mind at ease having them eat celery rather than candy.

celery and cream cheese

Ready to schedule a cleaning? Contact Lindner Dental today at 603.624.3900 to have your child seen by a professional pediatric dentist in Southern NH.

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Preparing Your Child for Their First Dental Visit

child brushing teethChildren should be seen by a dentist by the age of one or at least within 6 months after his or her tooth comes in.

The first dental visit will be relatively short, giving the child an opportunity to meet the dentist and to show him or her that the dentist can be a pretty fun place! During the exam process, the dentist will check all the child’s teeth for decay as well as examine the bite and look for potential issues relating to the gums, jaw and oral tissue.

Below are several topics we recommend asking the dentist:

  • Best oral hygiene practices for your child
  • What foods negatively impact the teeth
  • How to handle a dental emergency
  • The amount of fluoride your child should take
  • Safety of dental x-rays
  • Handling your child’s toothache

We encourage parents to talk to their children before the dentist so they can get completely comfortable. One of the best ways to do this is giving kids props such as toothbrushes, cups for rinsing and a flashlight. Have them invite their friends for a checkup so they can practice being the patient.

One of the best things you can do is be a good role model for your child. This means, brush and floss on a regular basis. Remind your child that you will be at the dentist on their first visit and that you will be holding their hand. Let them know of all the different people they can expect to see at the dentist such as the dentist, dentist’s helper, other children, toys, and the receptionist.

You’ll also want to make sure that you are setting expectations for your child. With the sharp tools and the bright lights, your kid could get a little overwhelmed. Reassure them that everything will be alright!

Call the experienced professionals at Lindner Dental at 603.624.3900!

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