Kids going to summer camp and playing sports?


Kids attending summer sports camp, school activities/practice need to pay special attention to their teeth and overall oral health, as moms may not realize the amount of sugary sports drinks their kids are consuming.

WHY: Because the constant sipping of sports drinks and juice boxes is like soaking teeth in a sugar bath and the frequent sipping of sports drinks increases the time that the acid sits on the teeth. Over the years as this has been studied, dentists have seen an increase in decay, cavities and tooth erosion in athletes and people who engage in sports/workouts because of their intake of sports drinks and because of dry mouths needing hydration – and being filled with sugar instead. While it seems ironic since athletes and kids participating in sports are choosing to be healthy by exercising, eating well to fuel their workouts, and drinking “healthy drinks,” unfortunately the sugar and acid content in these can really take its toll on the teeth.

I have to admit, that I sometimes let my son have sports drinks and I know they really aren’t the healthiest of drinks!

Here are some true facts:

Plaque is clear, making it hard to identify on teeth

·         Tooth decay is always caused by sugar and acid erodes away the enamel

·         Studies performed on athletes during the London Olympics in 2012 indicated that approximately 45-55% of the athletes had either tooth decay or abrasion, while 76% had gum disease

·         When the braces are put on, teeth accumulate much more plaque and bacteria, since the brackets makes it much harder to brush well, hiding the plaque underneath

·         Plaque HD Plaque-Identifying Toothpaste identifies and combats the plaque buildup found on kids teeth, and especially the buildup that covers the teeth of kids with braces, making it a must to prevent plaque accumulation.


Help your kids stave off cavities and other dental issues with Plaque HD, a new and first-to-market toothpaste that contains a natural plaque-indicating dye that turns the plaque on your teeth teal… and only disappears once you’ve brushed it all off, targeting any areas of plaque that may have been missed during usual brushing. Do you remember when we were kids and popped the hot pink tablet that tasted like candy but turned your mouth fuchsia to show plaque? We now have the 2016 version of that – but this one contains natural teal-colored disclosing agents to color and identify clear plaque build-up on teeth, helping consumers brush better and smarter. Independent studies conducted in the orthodontic department at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry show that patients who used Plaque HD had four times as much plaque removal compared to patients who used a standard toothpaste on the market – leading to brighter, whiter and healthier teeth. These results were recently published in the prestigious Journal of Dentistry and Oral Science.

We received a sample and I have to say that I was quite impressed! I’m not sure if my son liked the extra brushing he had to do. He hates to brush his teeth! But, as a Mom I was quite thrilled!

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Dr. Lawrence Hier is an orthodontist in South Florida. He received his Bachelor of Science and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Hier continued his training in Orthodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and simultaneously obtained his Masters Degree in Oral Sciences while conducting innovative computer animated imaging studies in facial esthetics. Dr. Hier has been published and featured  in scientific journals as well as various media outlets. Dr. Hier is an associate clinical professor in the orthodontic program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been practicing orthodontics for nearly two decades. While in practice, Dr. Hier invented and recently launched a revolutionary toothpaste, Plaque HD, the first ever plaque-identifying toothpaste. Plaque HD has changed the way in which dentists all over the country are educating their patients on the importance of maintaining excellent oral hygiene. Dr. Hier currently resides in Palm Beach county with his wife and three sons.

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. Photos and info was provided but any opinions about trying the product are my own.

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