Teach Kids Oral Health With Interactive Apps

“Evidence is mounting of a likely association between periodontal disease and diabetes,” says family physician Dr. Jennifer Malcolm. “Diabetes is a disease that affects approximately two million Canadians.
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However, most of them tend to ignore something as basic as a complete oral care routine, largely because they are not aware of the effect oral health problems can have on their overall health. Studies have proved that pregnant women who have periodontal diseases may be seven times more likely to have a baby born too early or too small. A preventive oral care routine of brushing twice a day, followed by an anti-microbial mouthwash and flossing, during this period is therefore of paramount importance. While more research is needed to confirm exactly how periodontal disease affect pregnancy outcomes it appears that periodontal disease triggers increased levels of biological fluids that induce labor. Furthermore, data suggests that women whose periodontal condition worsens during pregnancy have an even higher risk of having a premature baby. One of the most common dental problems associated with pregnancy is a condition known as pregnancy Gingivitis. Gingivitis during pregnancy is a common feature as hormonal changes are known to trigger off reactions to oral irritants and cause gum diseases.Studies conducted on pregnant and non-pregnant women have revealed that during the first and second trimesters, pregnant women may show signs of swollen gums that bleed news easily.In-fact 8 out of 10 moms-to-be complain of weak gums and oral complications. However,fortunately the early signs of gum disease during pregnancy appear to be reversible.
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Another reason kids today spend so much time in the dentist chair? The parental attitude that “baby teeth are temporary.” This has resulted in a lack of establishing early oral hygiene habits in young children. There is a line of interactive apps and eBooks that aim to change that. Luca Lashes was created to help kids (ages 0-4) through fearful firsts, like the first dentist visit and learning how to brush their teeth. Authors Nicole and Damir Fonovich created them to help their own son establish a healthy oral hygiene routine early on so he could avoid the health issues that stem from poor oral health as we age. “Many parents say toddler teeth are not real teeth, and thus do not need as much attention as their permanent teeth,” says Damir.
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