The tune "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth" may have a special meaning for Shiloh Jolie-Pitt this holiday season. When the 3-year-old beauty was spotted visiting a toy store in France, she was sporting a rather authentic-looking pirate costume — including a missing front tooth.
The tooth fairy doesn't tend to start visiting lil ones until they reach the ripe old age of 6, though some get a visit up to two years earlier. According to doctors, teeth tend to fall out in the same order in which they appear, with the front two bottom teeth falling out first, followed by the top two. When a wee one loses a tooth before its usual time — either due to an accident or tooth decay — they don't usually rush off to the dentist in search of a veneer or bridge like their parents do. Instead they must wait until the permanent tooth grows in, often a few years later.
Brad and Angie's little blondie will likely be flashing her gap-toothed smile for a few years now. When did your youngster lose her first tooth?
Children don't need an excuse to show off their pearly whites, but getting the kiddos to brush them on a regular basis may require some trickery. Lectures about cavities and future orthodontia don't seem to get them running to the bathroom, but some cute toothbrush holders and brushing accessories may just do the trick. Products like Toothpaste Pete ($5) stick right onto your current tube of toothpaste to add some laughs to the washing-up routine. Check out the rest of our tricks and picks for keeping those teeth fresh and clean.
We've all been embarrassed by occasional bouts of bad breath after eating a roasted garlic pizza or a sandwich piled with onions. If you're dealing with bad breath all the time, though, it can be mortifying. So here are some tips to keep your mouth smelling fresh.
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Fresh off the news that dentists have noticed an uptick in client visits, a new study suggests many Americans forgo routine dental care because it is considered a "luxury item."
A consumer adviser for the American Dental Association warns (just like your mother!) that prevention is always cheaper than fixing problems later, so anyone attempting to skimp out on routine visits is only hurting herself down the road.
I happen to be a little compulsive about dentist visits and take advantage of my dental coverage every six months, but I know many people don't have coverage and struggle to make room in their budget for routine work. Have you let it slide?
Brushing your teeth is about as basic as dental health can get, and paired with flossing, it's the foundation for cleaning your gums and pearly whites. It's a habit instilled in us from the time teeth make their first appearance, but how often we brush tends to vary from person to person. How many times do you brush your teeth each day?
If tooth brushing is a nightly battle in your home, you are probably dreading your tot's first visit to the dentist. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children visit the dentist by their first birthday while many of the pediatricians suggest kids wait until all their teeth have come in.
When did your lil one first visit the dentist?
We've all been embarrassed by occasional bouts of bad breath, but it can be mortifying if you're dealing with it all the time. When it comes to preventing this odorous issue, I don't need to tell you to quit cigarettes if you're a smoker or to brush and floss regularly (since you already know that), so here are some other tips to keep your mouth smelling fresh.
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Scared of going to the dentist while pregnant, one of my pregolicious friends weighed the pros and cons of the appointment and decided to follow through with the visit. I applauded her efforts as pregnancy gingivitis is common and treatable.
As many women's entire bodies swell with the baby making process, so do their gums. Your Pregnancy Week by Week and Oral B have teamed up to provide a "Guide To Your Oral Health." Pregnancy gingivitis is caused by an increased hormone level, which may cause extra plaque leading to swollen, red, or even bleeding gums.
To see what steps you can take to prevent pregnancy gingivitis, read more