Elkins Dental April 2019

RATED E FOR EVERYONE

What Do Ratings Mean, and How Should You Use Them? Despite guidance from ratings systems, it can be difficult for parents to discern what digital content is appropriate for their children. Learn more about ratings guidelines for common entertainment media and how to decipher that information so you can make educated decisions that work for your family. MOVIES: G-rated movies are considered suitable or TV-Y7, and their only distinction is that TV-Y7 has been deemed appropriate for young children ages 7 and older. TV ratings can also have additional descriptors attached to them to explain what kind of content earned the rating. VIDEO GAMES: There are seven video game ratings: Early Childhood (EC), Everyone (E), Everyone 10+ (E10), Teen (T), Mature (M), Adults Only (AO), or Rating Pending (RP).These ratings provide consumers with more information about content. Again, as the age of the intended user increases, content progresses from allowing mild violence or suggestive content to adult themes.

for all ages, whereas PG, PG-13, and R-rated movies are progressively less appropriate for kids because of violence, nudity, and language. Some ratings come with age limits; children who are under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult at R-rated movies. TV SHOWS: Due to laws that limit inappropriate content on public airwaves, TV rating systems follow unique codes. In the U.S., shows that are rated as TV- 14 (content that is suitable for those ages 14 and older) can only air after 5 p.m. Meanwhile, TV-MA (content that is appropriate for mature audiences) can only air between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Most shows airing between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. are rated TV-G or TV-PG. These are similar in content to their movie counterparts. Some television children’s shows will also be rated as TV-Y

When choosing family entertainment, experts suggest using both the rating and the description of the media to make your decision since the rating system may not fully explain media content. For example, studies have found that a PG-13 movie can sometimes have just as much violence as an R-rated movie. Additionally, you may be fine with the content in a T-rated video game for a more developmentally advanced 11-year-old. Once you get past all the combinations of numbers and letters, you as a parent might find that ratings for video games, movies, and TV shows provide helpful information. Couple the ratings with your own research and your own values, and put an end to worrying about what surprises may lurk in your children’s media.

A Word From

Kalie and Caryn What’s Up With Charcoal Toothpaste?

stains, but professional whitening is your best bet. Using charcoal toothpaste also doesn’t replace your semiannual checkups. Those are crucial for the appearance of your teeth, and more importantly, for the health of your whole mouth. If you have any questions about charcoal toothpaste, we’re happy to talk to you more about it. Just ask! –Kalie and Caryn P.S. Kalie will be on maternity leave starting April 15 and will return at the end of June. Caryn will be treating all patients with her lovely assistant Hailey while Kalie is welcoming twins to her family!

While charcoal toothpaste can take away surface stains, it may not be your best friend for whitening.That’s because it won’t tackle anything underneath the enamel, like deeper tooth stains. For those more severe stains, you need a professional whitening treatment. In addition, part of what makes charcoal good at removing surface stains is its abrasiveness, meaning that brushing with it can strip away enamel. Charcoal toothpaste is not meant to be part of your everyday routine. Besides the risks from its abrasiveness, charcoal toothpaste doesn’t contain fluoride, which is an important substance you get from most toothpastes. Additionally, some people are concerned over whether charcoal toothpaste affects medication because of its absorbent properties. When it comes to whitening your teeth, charcoal toothpaste may help address surface

You may have tried it, or maybe you’ve seen social media posts about the mysterious fad of charcoal toothpaste. As we’ve watched this trend gain popularity all over the country, we wanted to shine a little light and look into how it works. First of all, what is charcoal toothpaste? The toothpaste includes activated charcoal, which is charcoal that’s been heated and exposed to gas so that it “opens up” and becomes porous.The idea is that the activated charcoal helps to clean teeth and remove surface stains. Some people also point to antibacterial and freshening properties as additional benefits of using charcoal toothpaste to clean teeth.

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