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How do I care for my mouthguard?

Regardless of the type of mouthguard you get for your child, it will require regular care and cleaning. Work with your child to brush it after each use, scrubbing it with a toothbrush and toothpaste and rinsing it thoroughly. Make sure that the mouthguard has a sturdy case to help protect it from germs and to keep the mouthguard in good working order.

At Tooth Fairy, we want our patients to feel safe and secure in any situation, and especially help them to avoid injury.

There are five simple steps for cleaning you mouthguard.

  1. Rinse your mouthguard with warm water as soon as it is removed from your mouth.
  2. Brush the dental device gently with a soft or medium toothbrush.
  3. Let it dry. Place your mouthguard on a hard surface and let it dry completely.
  4. Store your device in a dry case.

Rinsing your mouthguard with warm water will help remove larger food debris as well as loosen some plaque. It is important to rinse it as soon as you remove it, so bacteria does not start building up. Also, food debris can begin to smell and deteriorate on the surface of the guard.

Drying your mouth guard before placing it back in its container will help prevent bacteria build up. We always recommend leaving the guard on a flat and dry surface for 15-20 minutes. Do not place the night guard on a napkin or any kind of paper that may already contain dirt or bacteria.

What type of mouthguard should your child use?

As many children play a wide range of sports these days, there are many kinds of mouthguards available in local sports and drug stores. However, these mouthguards can be classified into three basic types:

  • the  ready-made mouthguard
  • the “boil and bite” mouthguard
  • the custom mouthguard made by a dentist

All three types of mouthguards provide protection depending on its type. Most of the time, a mouthguard protects only the top teeth. A custom-fitted mouthguard from Tooth Fairy can be made specifically for your child based depending on what sport you child plays. The most efficient mouthguard should fit properly, be easy to clean and long-lasting. Your child should be able to speak, breathe and feel comfortable.

The dentists and staff at Tooth Fairy recommend that mouthguards be used by your child if there’s a risk of injury to teeth, cheeks, gum tissue or tongue. The International Academy for Sports Dentistry and the American Dental Association have put together this list of sports where a properly fitted mouthguard would be beneficial.

  • Football
  • Track and Field Events
  • Gymnastics and Acrobatics
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Field Hockey
  • Handball
  • Ice Hockey and Skating
  • Lacrosse
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Wrestling

What are the cures for bad breath?

Before it leads to major problems, help your child fight against bad breath now. The first step to help your child is by taking action. Your dentist at Tooth Fairy can help with some home remedies that will be mentioned below.

  • Hydration

As we spoke about in part 1, the causes of bad breath, hydration plays a big role against that. Bad breath is mainly caused by dry mouth. Your child should be having small sips of water throughout the day to keep your child as well as his/her mouth hydrated.

  • Foods

There are food that can help eliminate bad breath like cucumber, yogurt,  apples and oranges.

  • Cleaning your tongue

Cleaning your tongue is just as important as brushing your teeth. Use your child’s toothbrush, made for kids, to show them how to brush their tongue. Make it a habit to brush their tongue at least twice a day. Brushing your tongue can help stop bacteria from building up.

  • Brushing

Brushing your child’s teeth at least twice a day will help. Brushing after every meal will help stop bacteria from building up in your child’s gums and teeth. Flossing plays a big role as well as making sure that your child does not have bad breath. Food may be stored between the teeth that a brush may not reach causing bad breath.

What Happens After Years of Thumb Sucking?

Many children use sucking for many reasons. Some children use this behavior to calm themselves. Now a day, many parents use pacifiers which is similar to thumb sucking. Other toys can be teething toys, and other items designed for children to suck on in order to help their child emotional during this growth period. This happens because common once your child gets older, a bad habit to break. Unfortunately, thumb sucking can have long-lasting negative side effects if the habit persists past age four. Possible side effects of prolonged or intense thumb sucking include the following four.

1. Open Bite

One of the most permanent effects of thumb sucking is overbite. The teeth misalign and can become visible even after your child closes their mouth for both bottom and upper teeth. Open bite may require further attention when your child is of age like braces.

2. Overbite

Overbite much like open bite occurs when teeth become directed outward.
The only difference is that an overbite only occurs in the upper teeth.

3. Skin Problems

Issues can occur on their preferred thumb. The moisture of the mouth can
cause the skin to become vulnerable, higher risk for injuries. Peeling and
ingrowth on the finger can be makor issues of thumb sucking.

4. Speech Impediment

Thumb sucking can change how your child eats or speaks. Thumb sucking can cause lisping and impede your child to pronounce certain constants.

What are the causes of bad breath?

There are many different odors for bad breath. It all depends on the underlying cause. Bad breath is also called Halitosis. Bad breath in children is not uncommon. Children are not aware of the causes and the cures but we are here to inform you now. There are four main reasons why your child will have bad breath. Our dentists at Tooth Fairy can help you find out why as part one of today’s blog.


  • Unhealthy Tooth Brushing

One of the major causes of bad breath in children is lack or poor oral hygiene. Many children hate the thought of brushing their teeth. Many children, especially, hate brushing the tongue. Brushing your child’s teeth and tongue can help fight against the cause of bad breath.


  • Mouth Breathers

Many parents are not aware that children who breathe through mouth can be a cause for bacteria to grow. Breathing through your mouth can make your mouth dry.


  • VSC

VSC stands for Volatile Sulphur Compounds. These are the compounds that are excreted when bacteria digest the mouth debris. These compounds are made up of various foul-smelling gases that will continue to grow bacteria until the child is hydrated.

What do you need to know about Saliva?

Saliva, or spit, plays a significant role in maintaining oral health. Saliva comes from blood and coats the inner mouth. Saliva can help maintain and build the health of soft and hard tissues. The lack of saliva in your mouth can cause oral health problems such as tooth decay and other oral infections. Chewing causes saliva in your mouth to increase.

Benefits of saliva:

  • Helps moisten and break down food to ease swallowing and enhances the ability to taste.
  • Provides disease-fighting substances throughout your mouth to help prevent cavities and other infections.
  • Helps keep the surface of your teeth strong by providing high levels of calcium, fluoride and phosphate ions at the tooth surface.
  • Washes away food and debris from teeth and gums.

On the other hand, saliva can indicate of an individual has health concerns. Since saliva is well connected to your bloodstream, saliva can be used to detect and diagnose oral diseases.  Researchers have reported promising results in the use of saliva for the diagnosis of breast cancer, oral cancers, gum disease and viral hepatitis.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has targeted salivary diagnostics as an important area of development and is researching its many potential uses.

Would you like to learn ways to help your child over their fear of dentist?

While most dentists’ offices are not as scary as they used to be, your children may not be too fond of the idea of going in for a visit. There are many reasons a child may not want to go to their dentist visit. Many children have had cavities in the past and disliked the experience too much or simply do not feel comfortable with their dentist but these issues are what will stop your child from wanting to attend their dentist visits.


The best policy to follow is to be honest and ask your child how they feel. Studies have shown that asking your child about their lingering fears may help the situation. Part of being honest with your child is being honest about the experience. Lying to your child about the pain and or the procedure of a dental visit may make matters worse.  Always remember to keep a positive attitude.


Make sure to stay with your child for comfort. Many dentists allow the parent to stay right in the area. This is a great way to prevent your child’s anxiety and gradually, you won’t have to be there at all.

What do I do when my child loses a permanent tooth?

It can happen to any child. It is better to be aware of the information in out of the blue scenarios. First, do not panic! If you stay calm, this will help your child remain calm too. It is better to talk through the situation rather than losing control.  Next, retrieve the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown not the root. Gently clean it off with water, but do not scrub it or use any soap.

If possible, place the tooth back in the socket it fell out of, and hold it there with gauze or a washcloth. But if you are not able to replace the tooth in the socket, put it in a clean container with milk until you are able to go to the dentist.

Whether you are able to return the tooth to its socket or not, you should take your child and the tooth to your pediatric dentist as soon as possible. It is important for your child to receive care as soon as possible in order to save the tooth but until then remain the tooth in milk.

Do you have any other questions about your child’s teeth? Contact your child’s dentist at Tooth Fairy.

What do I do when my child loses a baby tooth?

A child typically loses about 20 baby teeth. A child will lose their lower center teeth first. Children may start losing their baby teeth anywhere from the age of four to seven. The earlier a child begins teething, the earlier baby teeth will begin to loosen and fall out. Some children may lose teeth before the age of four, but if this is the case with your child, it is a good idea to check with a pediatric dentist to be sure there are not any underlying problems.

Most children are excited about their first loose tooth and the possibility of a visit from the tooth fairy, but a few worries that losing a tooth will hurt. Reassure any worriers that they probably would not even feel anything when their teeth fall out.

It may take a few weeks for a permanent tooth to replace the lost baby tooth. Once it comes in, you may notice that it looks bigger, has a few more pronounced ridges, and does not look as white. This is all normal! Remember to help your children take extra good care of these new teeth, since these are the ones they will have forever.

Your tongue and its color, can tell tales about your health.

While some changes to a person’s tongue may be harmless, others could be a sign of a health problem.

  • White Patches on Tongue

If you or your child notice creamy white spots on your tongue, it could be caused by a fungal infection known as thrush, a common side effect of certain medications or illnesses.

Whenever you notice white patches, it’s always wise to schedule an appointment with your dentist at Tooth Fairy. That way, they can assess the problem and identify the cause.

  • Black Tongue

A black tongue can often cause a terrifying experience. However, if you or your child have recently taken an antacid with bismuth, like Pepto-Bismol, it can be a harmless reaction between your saliva and the bismuth .

  • Bright Red Tongue

More often seen in children, a tongue that turns bright, strawberry-red could be a sign of Kawasaki disease, a rare illness that causes blood vessel inflammation. A red tongue can also be a symptom of scarlet fever.

  • Smooth Patches on Tongue

Aside from a vitamin deficiency, a smooth tongue could also be related to an infection or celiac disease even though some medications are known to cause it. If you or your child have smooth spots on your tongue, it’s wise to be evaluated by your dentist at Tooth Fairy.

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