Brushing is the simplest and most important thing anyone can do to take care of their teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day; once in the morning after breakfast and again at night before bed time for two minutes each time with a fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque and strengthen enamel. Use a soft toothbrush to avoid wear on the teeth and irritation of the gums.
Teeth have three surfaces: the front side we see when we smile, the back sides that touch our tongues, and the tops or chewing surfaces we use to crush food. Position the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle along the gum line and move the brush across two to three teeth at a time in a short, circular motion like the wheels move on a train. Cycle around your mouth this way, top to bottom, starting with all the outside surfaces, followed by the inside surfaces, and finishing with the chewing surfaces. Some of the inside surfaces can be reached better by turning the toothbrush vertically and using up and down strokes (especially the lower front area) for better access to tight spaces.
Don’t forget to brush your tongue! Our tongues harbor all the same bacteria our teeth do. Gentle scrubbing with your toothbrush at the end of your routine will help keep your mouth healthy and your breath fresh.
It’s really important to take care of your teeth while you’re pregnant and totally safe to see a dentist too. Poor dental health can lead to gum disease which is associated with preterm birth and low birth weight.
Take care of your teeth and set a good example for the little one on the way!
Babies get their germs from you! And these germs can lead to cavities. There are some simple rules to follow to avoid passing nasty bacteria to your infant:
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Cavities hurt and can be very expensive to fix, but if they’re not repaired they can lead to more serious decay issues and negatively affect your child’s self-confidence. To keep your child healthy and on the right developmental path, follow these simple guidelines:
Take your child to the dentist every six months.
Brush-Up for them until about age six.
Floss for them until about age six.
Have your doctor provide dental sealants before age six. (Sealants help prevent decay.)
Once old enough, have them brush-up on their own!
Avoid giving sugary foods and drinks to your child.
Give them water to drink with fluoride in it.
If your child plays sports, have them wear a mouth guard.
Following these preventative guidelines will keep dental expenses low and should help to avoid painful dental experiences.
Many children have anxiety when it comes to dental care. Children with special needs are no different, but there are some things you can do to make the morning and evening dental routine less of a battle ground:
It is very important to get your child to the dentist early and find one that you can develop a long relationship with. To make dental visits as smooth as possible, bring information about your child’s condition as well as a list of medications. Most pediatric dentists are trained to work with patients with special needs, so you and your child will be in good hands. Keep reading for some characteristics you may want to search for when looking for a dental home for your child: