Getting your kids comfortable with going to the dentist: Start Young
The earlier a child visits the dentist, the better. “This will provide your child with a ‘dental home’ where all her needs — whether a periodic preventive visit or an emergency — will be taken care of,” says Rhea Haugseth, D.M.D., president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. It’s best that the first visit starts at age 1 or when the first tooth is visible.
via 8 Tips to Help Kids Overcome Fear of Dentists.
HOW TO PROPERLY BRUSH YOUR TEETH
Toothbrushing can remove dental plaque on tooth surfaces. We should brush our teeth in the morning and before bed at night every day. Thorough removal of plaque can prevent Periodontal Disease. Place the toothbrush at an angle towards the gingival margin (gum margin)
1. Firstly, brush the outer surfaces of the lower teeth. The toothbrush head should be placed with the tips of the bristles tilted at an angle towards the gingival margin. Gently move the toothbrush in small scrubbing motions, working on two to three teeth at one time.
2. Then brush the inner surfaces of teeth in the same way as brushing the outer surfaces.
3. When we brush the inner surfaces of front teeth, we should hold the toothbrush upright using gentle motion brushing from the gingival margin towards the crowns of the teeth.
4. Then brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth with the toothbrush moving backward and forward.
5. Finally, brush the outer surfaces, inner surfaces and the chewing surfaces of the upper teeth in the same way as the lower one.
*Visit your dentist regularly about every six months for an oral evaluation and proper cleaning.*
Foods you should eat that help maintain healthy teeth
2. Chicken or other meats
These foods have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain, and stimulate the flow of saliva (which helps protect against decay by washing away food particles and buffering acid).
Foods that are bad for your teeth
1. Hard candy
2. Potato chips
These foods contain large amounts of sugar and/or can stick to teeth, providing a fuel source for bacteria.
How Bleeding Gums Can Cause Bigger
Yes, your gums may bleed after a particularly vigorous brushing session or after flossing for
the first time in a while, but if they bleed consistently, there’s a problem. “Bleeding gums are a
sign of inflammation—basically, you’re walking around with an infected mouth, which could
potentially spread to the rest of your body,” says Dr. Zeines. In his holistic practice, patients with
chronic gum bleeding are given an evaluation and provided with supplements to start building up
their immune system to fight off the infection.
Most people do not brush their teeth
enough before bed!
You might think that 60 seconds (1 minute) of brushing your teeth might be enough but studies show about 50% of plaque is left behind when doing so. Eww! Be sure to brush your teeth for at least two minutes at night before heading to bed to ensure full clean teeth 🙂
Ps. Be sure to change your toothbrush every 3 months to ensure optimal teeth cleaning at home.
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