Dental Care Tips..

By: Taylor


Your mouth is the gateway to your bodies overall health. By taking care of your teeth and gums, you can do more than prevent cavities or bad breath. Because gum disease has been linked to other health problems, brushing, flossing and regular dental exams are more important than ever in keeping yourself healthy.

Babies and Kids: The American Dental Association says that teaching your children proper oral care begins before the first tooth appears. Baby teeth are important teeth and it is possible for these teeth to have cavities even before they start coming in. There are 20 primary teeth, which are present below the gum line at birth and start coming through at around 6 months of age. These teeth are important because they act as space holders for the adult teeth. Losing a baby tooth too early can result in gaps which make the adult teeth come in at angles they shouldn’t. Your child’s first dental appointment should occur near their first birthday and at regular intervals afterward. By starting your child’s oral care early, you are putting your children on the path to a lifelong healthy mouth.

Teens: Your life is more active than it was when you were younger, and your smile is one of the things that people notice about you. Good oral care is essential and beneficial to your self-esteem. You should be visiting the dentist twice a year at this point and if you are active in sports, wearing a mouth guard to protect your bright shiny smile.

Pregnancy: Congratulations! This is an exciting time in your life. However, it’s not a good time for you to ignore your oral health. Keep up your dental visits and regular cleanings, and be sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant as well as any changes you may have noticed since conception. With all the hormonal changes going on in your body, your teeth and gums may be affected too.

All Adults: The oral care you started with in your teens should continue through your adult life. Visiting a dentist twice yearly for regular check-ups and cleanings are essential. Through regular exams your dentist can spot problems before they become a severe problem.

Proper Tooth Brushing:

Did you know that most adults are unaware of the correct way to brush their teeth. To help you with your tooth brushing technique, we’ve put together the following:

Begin with the outer and inner surfaces and brush at a 45 degree angle in strokes that are short and against the gum line.
For your chewing surfaces (upper portion of lower teeth, and lower portion of upper teeth), hold your brush flat and brush in a back and forth motion.
For the inside surfaces of your front teeth, tilt your toothbrush vertically and use the toe of the brush in gentle up and down strokes.
Finally, brush your tongue in back to front sweeping motions to freshen your mouth and remove food particles.
Spend 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth for a total brushing time of 30 seconds and do this twice a day, morning and bedtime. Follow one of your brushings up with dental floss for a healthy bright smile.

Helpful Hint: The American Dental Association recommends replacing your toothbrush every six months. Here’s a way to remember. Twice yearly, we change the time on our clocks (Spring and Fall) use those days to remind you to do three things: 1) Change your clock 2) Replace your toothbrush and 3) replace the batteries in your smoke detector.

Tips for Daily Dental Care:

It’s important to take good care of your teeth and gums. To assist you, we’ve put together these oral hygiene tips:

Brush your teeth twice daily – morning and bedtime (see proper tooth brushing above)
Floss once daily
Use a fluoride based toothpaste
Replace your toothbrush every six months.
Schedule regular dental visits and dental cleanings
Avoid alcohol, tobacco and high sugary foods.
Eat nutritious balanced meals and limit snacks.
Avoid carbs such as candy, chips, pretzels
If you eat a food which sticks to your teeth, rinse your mouth or brush your teeth when finished.

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