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When and who needs to See a dentist
We all know that regular dental checkups are a key component of an effective dental care plan. We know that we need to see a dentist at least two times a year, but most of us do not visit the dental clinics that frequently. Why? Because we are busy or because of being sure that everything is fine with our teeth. This approach actually does not work and we should take care about out teeth all the time. And – very important: we should properly take care about our teeth at any stage of life!
Babies and infants. Despite of a popular belief that seeing a dentist is not important for babies and infants as the teeth of the babies will fall out very soon, all serious health care organizations recommend young moms to show their babies’ teeth to dental specialists. When your baby is 1 year old, start seeing a dentist with him once per 6 months. Remember that many types of serious dental diseases and problems start in very young age, specialists say.
Children and teenagers. It is a known fact that children and teenagers like drinking Cola, Sprite and other carbonated drinks, as well as eating candies, chocolate and other foods which affect their dental health to a great extent. Hormonal shifts and changes in the’ body sometimes also cause serious impact on dental health. Therefore, regular dental checkups is a must for teenagers.
Adults. Adult people should visit their dentists once per every six months. Those who got used to avoid doing so – due to personal reasons like dental phobias, busy schedules or any other – should look for effective motivation and reasons to make regular dental visits. Remember that only timely examinations and proper dental care can help to prevent all possible serious dental diseases, including oral cancer, gum disease and many others.
Senior Citizens. They should do everything possible in order not to add any sort of dental problem to the bundle of health problems they have already developed. Dental care and visiting dental specialists for seniors is very important, first of all, because they need to make all efforts in order to keep their natural teeth intact, lower the risks of tooth root decay, prevent gum disease and so on.
Brushing for oral health
Oral health begins with clean teeth. Consider these brushing basics from the American Dental Association:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. When you brush, don’t rush. Take enough time to do a thorough job.
- Use the proper resources. Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, especially if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush effectively.
- Practice good technique. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle against your teeth and brush with short back-and-forth motions. Remember to brush the inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue. Avoid vigorous or harsh scrubbing, which can irritate your gums.
- Know when to replace your toothbrush. Invest in a new toothbrush or a replacement head for your electric toothbrush every three to four months — or sooner if the bristles become frayed.
Flossing for oral health
You can’t reach the tight spaces between your teeth or under your gumline with a toothbrush. That’s why daily flossing is important. When you floss:
- Don’t skimp. Break off about 18 inches of dental floss. Wind most of the floss around the middle finger on one hand, and the rest around the middle finger on the other hand — leaving about 1 inch to floss your first tooth.
- Take it one tooth at a time. Use your thumbs and forefingers to gently pull the floss from the gumline to the top of the tooth to scrape off plaque. Rub the floss against all sides of the tooth. Unwind to fresh floss as you progress to the next tooth.
- Keep it up. If you have trouble getting floss through your teeth, try the waxed variety. If it’s hard to manipulate the floss, use a floss holder or an interdental cleaner — such as a dental pick or stick designed to clean between the teeth.
Tips on Brushing
- Brush your teeth gently using short strokes. Apply just enough pressure to feel the bristles against the gums.
- Replace your toothbrush around two to three months or when the bristles are worn. A worn-out toothbrush may injure your gums. Replace your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold.
- Be sure to reach every tooth. Move the toothbrush around so as to clean all the teeth.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste
- Avoid toothbrushes with hard bristles, which can damage your gums. Use a toothbrush with soft, rounded bristles.
- Ask your dentist to recommend the type of toothbrush that would work best for you.
Basic Tips on Dental Care
You don’t have to be a graduate of Dentistry to be able to take good care of your oral health. Just bring the following tools with you and use them faithfully:
- Dental floss
- nterproximal brush
- Fluoride rinse
Better keep these tools on your little bag and bring it wherever you go for a more beautiful and healthy teeth!
Cleaning it Thoroughly
Brushing means cleaning not only your teeth but also your tongue and gums. It is good that you do concentrate when you do this activity and have it thoroughly cleaned. It is advisable that you brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth the next time your teeth. Are you aware that this can help increase the blood circulation around the tissues in your mouth and may help minimize the amount of bacteria present? Those who are prone to tartar build-up should use tartar control toothpaste. Just don’t forget to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance or Recognition when shopping around for one. Happy Brushing!
Nutritious Foods for a Healthy Teeth
Eat nutritious foods. What your child eats, and how often they eat, has a dramatic impact on their oral and overall health. Consuming foods high in sugar or starch feeds the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Promote healthy eating habits in childhood and teen years to promote optimal health, growth and intellectual development into adulthood.
Proper Flossing of Teeth
Flossing is such an easy thing to do, but so hard to accomplish. Do you agree with me?
Flossing is one of the most important oral rituals that we must accomplish everyday yet some of us don’t even know how to properly do it.
First, cut a section of the dental floss. Take the floss and wrap one end around your middle finger of each hand. You will then use your index fingers to manipulate the floss. Slide the floss between your teeth all the way down to the gum line. Repeat this step on the next tooth. Pull the floss out and repeat this process between all of your teeth changing to a new clean section of floss as you go on and on. That’s it! We’re done!
Examining the Child’s Teeth
Ways to examine or clean the child’s teeth:
Sit on the floor or the sofa with the child’s head on your lap. This will help you to see clearly both the top and bottom of the child’s back teeth.
Take a piece of gauze and use it to hold the tip of the child’s tongue. You can move the tongue from left to right to get a look at the teeth. Use a flashlight and hold the tongue down with a spoon.
To open the child’s mouth, slide your forefinger along the inside of the cheek and press down behind the last bottom.
Beat Boredom – Brush Your Teeth!
You know that you have to brush your teeth at least three times a day. You’re at home doing nothing and you are not even going out so why should you brush your teeth? Why do you even need to floss it?
Brushing and flossing might be two of the most boring activities ever in your everyday life and it may just be the reason why a lot of people (especially the teens admit it!) spend less time doing it. To be able to neglect the boredom out of brushing, why don’t you try to brush without toothpaste? By doing so, you’ll be able to brush your teeth and at the same time perform your scheduled task.
You think we are kidding? Not this time!
What is Gingivitis?
What is gingivitis? It is an oral disease that can make our gums inflamed. It usually appears to be shiny. The victims of this oral disease often have mouth sores though the gums may not feel the pain unless pressure is exerted. The accumulation of bacterial plaque in between a person’s teeth and gums can form tartar on the teeth that causes gingivitis. An individual who suffers from gingivitis usually experiences bleeding and itching of the gums. Gingivitis can be avoided through regular oral hygiene that includes daily brushing and flossing. Make it to a point to ask your dentist for advice.
The Flossy Flossy
Floss daily. Begin flossing when your child is around 2 to 3 years old. Children generally need assistance with flossing until they are 8 to 10 years old. Flossing helps remove debris on teeth and gums in-between teeth, polishes tooth surfaces and controls bad breath. Flossing is most effective when done at least once a day for 2 to 3 minutes each time.
Schedule regular dental checkups. Experts recommend that children begin a routine of regular dental checkups beginning at 12 months of age. Their teeth should be examined twice a year for signs of tooth decay, gum disease and other health problems.