Posts tagged ‘Dental’

February 6th, 2014

Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay in Children

by Debbie Harry

Children are susceptible to dental decay. When consuming sugary or starchy food, bacteria in the mouth live to use these kinds of foods, which lead to forming acid. Then this acid attacks the tooth/teeth enamel, gradually dissolving the layers of tooth/teeth. This process is called as decaying of tooth/teeth.

Parents should teach children the basics of oral hygiene in their early childhood age. This helps shape good habit patterns and they continue even when they grow up which contributes to their overall health and wellbeing. This article contains some tips for preventing tooth decay in children.

1) Take good care of baby’s teeth

  • 0 – 12 months: Keep your baby’s mouth clean by wiping the gums gently with soft cloth. As soon as the first tooth erupts, brush gently with a soft baby toothbrush and water.
  • 12 – 24 months: Brush your child’s teeth twice daily. Ask the dentist about the fluoride toothpaste and when using toothpaste for your child, pea size amount of toothpaste should be applied.

2) Make sure that your child never goes to bed with bottle
Never make your child go to bed with a bottle of milk, juice or any sugary drink, as this practice will make your child’s teeth exposed to sugar thus forming cavities. Apart from this, there is also a risk of choking and ear infections.

3) As soon as possible, teach your child to drink milk in regular cup
This habit should be introduced to your child from the age of 12-15 months, as drinking with cup is less likely to cause collecting liquid around the teeth. Moreover, cups cannot be taken to bed.

4) Avoid sugary or sticky food
Do not let your child to eat too much of sweets as it is very bad for the teeth. Avoid sticky food like candies, gummies, fruit rolls and cookies. These foods tend to stay on teeth for long time and there is a greater risk of tooth decay.

5) Check for fluoride in the water
Fluoride, a natural mineral that helps in making teeth healthy and strong is added to drinking water for reducing the risk of tooth decay. Get the sample of sample of drinking water tested for knowing the fluoride content.

If your water does not have enough fluoride, your dentist will prescribe fluoride toothpaste or supplements especially if your child is at high risk of tooth decay.

It is recommended by the dentist that parents should have their kids first dental visit as soon as his/her first tooth erupts in order to ensure good oral health.
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April 9th, 2012

Some Essential Tips for Keeping Your Teeth Clean

by Andrew Veazey

To keep your teeth clean and healthy you must follow some instructions and practices and make them as daily routine. Some cleaning tips to properly maintain your teeth include:

Brush your teeth twice per day: The best way to remove plaque, bacteria and prevent cavities is by brushing of teeth and keep them clean. Twice a day, preferably in the morning and during bed time brushing must be done. Dentists suggest to keep the bristles of toothbrush at 45 degrees from the mouth at the gum area and teeth. Brushing should cover all the areas and surfaces inside of the teeth.

Floss at least once in a day: Flossing removes plaque and food particles between the teeth and under the gum line. An inter dental cleaner or mouthwashes can be used.

Use a fluoride toothpaste: The toothpaste must contain fluoride as an ingredient to protect against tooth decay and reduce plaque and gingivitis.

Use hydrogen peroxide and mint to rinse: Hydrogen peroxide must be mixed with water and then be rinsed in mouth to get rid of infection-causing bacteria and the resulting side effects. Rinsing your mouth with mint prevents from occurring infections and keeps a fresh breath.

In addition to this other measures to keep teeth clean are chewing a sugar free gum, replacing toothbrush every 3-4 months, getting teeth cleanings done by dentist etc. read more »

April 9th, 2012

Some Essential Tips to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

by Andrew Veazey

A proper oral hygiene helps to keep your teeth healthy and prevents many problems. If you have a dry mouth, extra care must be taken to keep the teeth health and increase the saliva production.

Some essential tips are:
Brush your teeth gently twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and using a paste containing fluoride. Floss your teeth everyday which helps to remove plaque, bacteria. Limit the consumption of sugary and sticky foods. If they are taken, immediately clean your teeth. Visit a dentist atleast for every 6 months.

In case of a dry mouth, chewing sugar free chewing gum helps to stimulate the salivary flow. Use an alcohol free mouthwash and rinse, gargle your mouth to avoid bad breath.

Eat hard nuts or chewing gum to exercise the muscles of teeth. After every meal it is important to clean and rinse your mouth. Water helps in cleaning the food particles between teeth.

Poor dental care may cause tooth decay and cavities to gingivitis, periodontitis, and tooth loss. If the carbohydrates that are present in the foods and drinks we take is not cleaned thoroughly they cause cavity and bacteria. Each person is responsible for their own oral hygiene and must ensure that they maintain a good health of teeth and gums. read more »