Dental Care tips for Older People

Somewhere at the back of our mind, we are all aware of what might happen to our teeth when we get old. The biggest thing that haunts us is whether we will be able to retain our teeth throughout the stretch of our lifetime. Well we definitely can, provided we are willing to care for them from an early age. Proper dental care should be taken even at an older age from a dentist or a hygienist to ensure that we don’t end up losing our teeth. Here is a complete guide that will hold one in good stead in his old days.

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Plaque Deposition – Resulting in Gum Disease and Tooth Decay

Yes, there are other things to take care of other than dental anxiety and tooth sensitivity when we get old. The deposition of bacteria known as ‘plaque’ is quite common in the teeth and the gums. This plaque needs to be cleared otherwise it can cause inflammation in the gums, which can eventually affect the bone under the teeth. This is the bone that supports the tooth roots. Hence, any damage caused to the bone may lead to loose teeth. However, it is important that one realises that he is suffering from gum disease. Common symptoms include receding gums, bad breath, bleeding gums while brushing, etc.

It also has to be kept in mind that plaque deposition that causes gum inflammation can also cause tooth decay, especially when exposed to sugary fluids and drinks. Due to receding gums, a decay at the gum edge is possible as a result of the ‘neck’ of the tooth not being well protected by the enamel.

Plaque Removal – Cleanliness Tips

Gum disease and Tooth decay can be cured by the thorough removal of plaque content from the teeth. It is advisable to make use of fluoride toothpastes for this purpose. Other than this, other special toothpastes are also available in the market like total care, tartar control, etc. One should ideally look for the BDHF accredited products. The ideal toothbrush to use would be a small-headed, medium textured one. Woodsticks and floss can be used to clean between the teeth. However, when we get hold, our physical strength and power to move gets restricted. So, one might not feel at ease while gripping the toothbrush, especially the ones suffering from Arthritis. Electronic toothbrushes and thick handled ones are the best for such people.

Often, older people suffer from a dry mouth as a result of the side effect of the medicines that are prescribed to them. The chances of tooth decay increase in the prevalence of dry mouth. Many might feel that sipping through drinks throughout the day might help. This is not the right thing to do as the regular intake of sugary fluids will only make matter worse. A visit to the dentist at such a stage will provide clarity on what has to be done in order to maintain cleanliness.

Dentures – The Perfect Replacement for Lost Teeth

It might so happen that despite all the care, one ends up loosing teeth. Dentures can be the perfect replacement at such a situation. But, it is important that one knows a thing or two about dentures before actually putting them to use. One should be in sync with the following points.

  • Dentures should be replaced every five years as the shape of the mouth keeps changing throughout the period of ones’ life.

  • One might experience pain and discomfort initially, but regular check ups by the dentist can help in eliminating the pain.

  • One should always keep their old dentures. This makes it easier for the dentist to prepare a set of new ones.

  • After wearing dentures for a few days, if there is a persistent discomfort with soreness in the mouth, speech and eating, then one must go back to the dentist without wasting anymore time.

  • It is important to provide rest to the mouth from wearing dentures at least for a few hours in the day. Often dentists might ask you to leave them aside at night while sleeping. If this is not possible, consider keeping them aside for a few hours anytime during the day according to your convenience.

  • Poorly fitted dentures can lead to mouth ulcers.

  • It is important to clean the dentures at least once every day. Cleaning it over a basin of cold water is advisable. This will ensure that it does not break if dropped. The surfaces can be cleaned by using a toothbrush along with a toothpaste or a denture cleaner.

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Dental Guide: 10 Facts To Consider Post-Tooth Extraction

Many of us have had to experience the aftermath of a tooth extraction sometime or the other in our lives. Those who minutely followed the post extraction directives provided by the dentist might not have suffered too much of an issue in the recovery phase. However, there are plenty of us for whom it was not a complete smooth sailing. Given below is the course of action one should ideally take during the recovery period, immediately after an extraction is done.

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Things To Keep In Mind Immediately After An Extraction:

  1. The first thing to do is to take it easy for the rest of the day. Exercises and workout should kept limited and emphasis should be laid on resting for the better part of the day.

  2. One should avoid hot food or drinks initially. Due to dental sedation, one might not feel any pain or sensation till the anaesthetic wears off and as a result, one might end up burning his mouth.

  3. It is advisable to not eat on the side of the extraction site for the first day and a half. This might damage the blood clot and increase the chances of an infection in the socket. This will hamper the healing procedure.

  4. One should keep his head higher at night while sleeping to resist any kind of bleeding. Just as a precaution, sleeping with a towel on the pillow is wise in case there is bleeding.

  5. For the first 24 hours especially, alcohol should be avoided at any cost. Alcohol can encourage more bleeding, which is not prescribed at all. It can also have a detrimental impact on the overall healing process.

  6. After an extraction is done, it is imperative to maintain dental hygiene by brushing at regular intervals. But, one needs to be careful with the extraction site and undertake measures to not further damage the wound.

  7. A little bit of bleeding is normal post a tooth extraction. In such a case, a little bit of pressure should be applied to the socket to stop the bleeding. Ideally, placing a folded piece of handkerchief directly over the extraction site and biting on it for around 15 minutes should work.

  8. One should not do anything that increases the blood pressure as it leads to further bleeding. So, for the first 36 hours at least after the extraction, one should avoid smoking cigarettes.

  9. One should expect some tenderness and pain for the first few days after the tooth extraction is done. Simple pain relief pills should ease the discomfort in such cases. It has to be kept in mind that anything containing aspirin should be avoided as it can thin the blood slightly. As a result, one might experience further bleeding. It’s best to consult the doctor or the dentist before deciding to have any pill.

  10. Another source of severe pain is when one acquires infection in the socket. In such a case, there is no blood clot in the socket and the bony socket walls are exposed and become infected. This particular pain can sometimes be worse than a toothache as small pieces of bone work their way to the surface of the socket. A visit to the dentist is a must at this time as he might place a dressing in the socket or even prescribe a course of antibiotics in order to gain relief from the infection.

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Crossbites: Know the effective ways to fix them

The prevalence of crossbites among humans is very unfortunate as it can lead to severe dental complexities. A crossbite is caused due to misalignment in the teeth, leading to the teeth coming together, but either inside or totally outside of its proper positions. It is also often referred to as a ‘bad bite‘ as the two rows of teeth don’t meet properly. In the case of a normal bite, the upper teeth generally sit a little towards the outside of the lower teeth at the front, sides and the back of the mouth. Usually, the most common crossbite occurs when the top back teeth are inside the lowers on just one side. Hence, when the bite isn’t right, proper dental care must be taken to fix the teeth at the earliest.

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The possible effects of Crossbite

The several problems that may arise from a crossbite includes:

  • misaligned bites may result in various types of dental problems, health & emotional issues, dental anxiety, etc.

  • Tooth decay and gum disease might become a definitive, if not treated properly.

  • stress on the jaws can lead to the prevalence of chronic jaw problems & headaches.

  • One may associate pain in the neck, shoulder and back area of the body as well as a result of crossbite prevalence.

The Treatment

A visit to the dentist is a must when suffering from crossbites. Ideally, one should preferably look to get treated while still a teenager, but the option is also open for adults just in case they get affected at a later age. Generally, in the most commonly occurring crossbite, the upper tooth can be widened. Here we will talk about two types of dental braces that can be used for treating Crosssbites.

  • Quad Helix Expander

  • Rapid Maxillary Expander

Quad Helix Expander

This is one type of a fixed brace that is designed in a ‘W’ shaped form and consists of four loops. This helps in widening the upper tooth arch. On the proper fitting of the expander, it compresses so that it can gradually expand and push the back teeth outwards. In the initial period, it might cause mild to low discomfort. The expander needs to be in place for a total time period of six months ideally. Three months to correct a crossbite and another three months to hold the correction. Once the quad helix expander is removed, there might be chances of the crossbite reverting back to its original position. To prevent this, the crossbite will have to be retained for a year after the expander is removed. A retainer (removable brace) will be fitted for the purpose of retaining the crossbite for a year. The success of the entire procedure will depend on how accurately the retainer is used after the removal of the expander.

Rapid Maxillary Expander

The rapid maxillary expander is another kind of a brace that is attached to the upper teeth. The difference in this expander is that it consists of a screw in the middle of the palate. For two weeks straight, the screw is turned twice per day. This helps in the expansion of the upper jaw in rapid time. One might experience some discomfort for the initial few days. The pain can be controlled obviously with the help of any prescribed pain relief pill or even a paracetamol. No kind of damage should be associated with the fixed brace expander as it only needs to be in place for a minimum of three months. Once the expander is removed, it is replaced with a removable retainer. However, it has to be kept in mind that in order to avoid permanent decay around the fixings, a lot of consistency has to go in with cleaning the teeth properly. Too much of fizzy drinks should be avoided and a lot of emphasis should be given on brushing. It is almost needless to mention the importance of using fluoride mouthwash. In order to ensure that the improvement is permanent, the removable retainer has to be put to correct use for a year after the expander has been removed.

Dental Care Tips: Choosing the Right Toothpaste for the Right Purpose

We all recognize the contribution that toothpastes have made in maintaining dental hygiene in our lives. But do we recognize whether we are using the right toothpaste that is apt for our teeth? Choosing a toothpaste might appear to be a ‘No Brainer‘ most times, but it does require a certain degree of knowledge. You must know what kind of teeth or teeth problems you are dealing with and based on that, the selection for the most apt toothpaste must be made. Here is what you must know.

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For Whitening Purpose

As the name suggests, toothpastes for whitening purpose mainly helps in getting rid of the yellow and brown stains that plague our teeth. This toothpaste mainly contains polishing agents and mild to moderate abrasives that prevents the consistent accumulation of dental plaque which causes the teeth to lose its’ colour. It has to be kept in mind that if there is no marked improvement even after repeated use of whitening toothpaste over a period of time, then one must visit the dentist to figure out what the problem actually is.

For Tartar Removal

Effective dental care should be taken in order to prevent tartar from accumulating on the teeth. Tartar can be referred to as a hard calcified deposition that occurs on the teeth and eventually lead to its’decay. It’s a solidified form of plaque buildup that accumulates over a period of time. There are toothpastes that are designated towards the removal of tartar. Toothpastes that are designated for the removal of Tartar contain certain entities such as Pyrophosphates, Zinc Citrates, etc that prevents the solidified plaque from depositing. Now it goes without saying that you must not use a tartar removal toothpaste for the purpose of teeth whitening and vice versa.

Prevent Sensitivity

Whether you are a proud owner of straight teeth or not, you would definitely not want them to be associated with sensitivity. Sensitivity leads to consistent tooth pain and considerable pain in the gums as well. Before coming down to a conclusion, you might want to pay a visit to the dentist. He might prescribe a toothpaste with desensitising agents that might help you in reducing the sensitivity. A toothpaste that is designated for preventing tooth sensitivity ideally contain the ingredients like Potassium Nitrate, Sodium Fluoride, Sorbitol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Titanium Dioxide, etc.

Anti-Cavity

You are all definitely aware of what tooth cavities are. Whether you are sipping through your favourite sugar drink or resorting to frequent snacking, there is a good chance for the formation of cavities if you do not end up washing your mouth properly. Another reason of cavity formation is the prevalence of bacteria as well. Cavities are basically encouraged by the bacterial plaque when in contact with sugar. A chemical reaction results in the formation of an acid that is detrimental for the teeth. Now in this case, any random toothpaste will not be of any use. Anti-cavity toothpastes with mineral fluoride content will help prevent consistent decaying of teeth due to cavities. Mineral Fluoride aids the teeth by creating a cover or coating on it. This does not allow the bacteria inflicted plaque to form its’ plaque on the teeth. Cavities constantly worsen the quality of your teeth. Anti-Cavity Toothpaste should be used in order to prevent this detrimental scenario.

Thus, choosing the correct toothpaste is very important to ensure that your teeth are subjected to proper dental hygiene and care.

Symptoms confirming that you suffer from Occlusal Disease

The way our teeth meet when our jaws bite together is known as Dental Occlusion. The destructive outcome that is produced from a bite when the teeth are not aligned can be referred to as Occlusal Disease. The muscles and jaw joints can withstand the teeth force when they are properly aligned. But when they are not, the straight teeth imbalance can lead to problems both in the muscles and the jaw joints along with the teeth.

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People suffering from occlusal disease often leave it unattended. Aligned teeth are not only a big part of our facial aesthetics, they can also relieve us from a lot of discomfort. But before treatment, one should realise that he is suffering from the disease in the first place. Here are the symptoms.

Discomfort in the TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular Joint)

The joint that connects our lower jaw with the skull is known as Temporo-Mandibular Joint. It is this joint that allows us to open and close our mouths and chew the food we eat. When the teeth do not meet properly due to improper alignment, considerable discomfort and grinding pain can be associated with the jaw joints. This does not make the opening/closing of the mouth and chewing of food any easier. Thus, discomfort in the TMJ is one primary symptom.

CDH (Cervical Dentin Hypersensitivity)

CDH is a kind of sharp dental pain that arises from exposed dentin surfaces in response to an external stimuli and not connected to any other dental disease. Sensitivity in the teeth is a common phenomenon. But we often get perplexed when sensitivity occurs due to daily activities like sipping coffee or a cold drink, when there is no reason to be. Many of you might be unaware that occlusal disease is one of the major reasons for the occurrence of CDH.

Tooth Hypermobility

Sometimes during a dental examination, it might come to the forefront that the second molars radiographically suggest that they have ample amount of support from the bones, but at the same time have a highly considerable amount of mobility. You can be certain that this is a clear symptom of Occlusal Disease. This can lead to the overloading of some teeth, which might have to be extracted in order to restore the occlusion balance.

Teeth Irregularities

One of the more popular symptoms to fathom this disease is by monitoring our teeth. It might appear that your teeth is flattening out and breaking with the prevalence of fillings and crowns. The teeth may also appear to be loose and one might experience sensitivity at just the mere change of temperature or might undergo toothache without quite being able to understand the reason for it. At this stage, straight teeth might seem far-fethched. These are indications that you might be suffering from imperfect occlusion.

Gums, Muscle and Headache Problems

You might doubt that you are suffering from Occlusal Disease when you find that your receding gums are growing worse. Imperfect occlusion means that the jaw is not in the right place and therefore, the muscles have to work that bit more and tend to wear out. This leads to consistent headaches contributing to the overall discomfort that is experienced. This can also lead to muscle spasms and pain near the eye and the neck region, and at times can extend to the back muscles as well.

Thus, apart from facial aesthetics, occusal disease can have a much larger bearing on your health. It’s important that it is addressed at its’ infancy in order to avoid fatal consequences in the future.

Dental Tips – ‘How to ensure Dental Hygiene’

Whether the objective is to maintain the standard of teeth, have the prettiest of smiles or stay away from serious dental diseases, dental hygiene is significant. Regularly visiting clinics to the dentist for treatment is fine, but a lot has got to do with how we personally attend to our teeth on a regular basis in order to ensure a high degree of dental hygiene. One should adhere to the following.

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Know the fundamentals of brushing & flossing

Yes we all know that brushing everyday is important. But it shouldn’t be for the sake of it. One should brush keeping in mind all the important technicalities. The ideal brush would be a one with soft bristles which fits perfectly into the back corners of the mouth. The bristles should be used at an angle of 45 degrees and the brush should be used in an up-and-down motion consistently. However, brushing can turn out to be ineffective sometimes. This is where flossing is important. Flossing can remove substances from the greater depths of the teeth where the bristles might not reach. Dental flossing is highly recommendable and should be done at least once everyday.

Fluoride Toothpaste and Mouthwash

It is always advisable that fluoride toothpaste is used on a regular basis. This is because fluoride is an essential nutrient that considerably slows up the process of tooth decay. However, in the case of mouthwash, it should be used before brushing as any non-fluoride mouthwash used after brushing tends to wash away the fluoride content in the teeth. Another option that one can avail is using fluoride mouthwash after brushing to help retain the fluoride levels in the teeth. And if someone wants to use a mouthwash without fluoride, he might as well use it before brushing or several hours after.

Things to Avoid

One should stay away from things that constantly contribute to dental pollution. Among the things that top the list are tobacco, alcohol, Coffee, etc. Apart from the worst case scenario of mouth cancer, tobacco can damage dental health by accumulating nicotine stains on the teeth and considerably deteriorating mouth odour. On the other hand, beverages like soda and alcohol can result in diminishing levels of calcium in the body due to high levels of phosphorous content. One should look to avoid too much intake of these things on a consistent basis.

Calcium and Vitamins are important

Dental care can be undertaken not only with regards to what we do to our teeth but also the food we take in on a regular basis. Calcium intake is important for the health of the teeth as well as the bones in our body. Favourable options for calcium consumption include milk, other dairy products, yogurt, broccoli, etc. Depending on the age of the individual, one might avail calcium doses or supplements too. Vitamin D is also essential in the protection of gums. Other things that contribute to dental hygiene include potassium, iodine, etc.

Don’t forget to clean your tongue

We often lay so much emphasis on cleaning our tongue that we forget the fact that we have a tongue too and it requires equal amount of cleaning and care. Halitosis is a state of bad breath and not cleaning the tongue regularly can easily lead to it. This is because bacteria keeps accumulating on the top surface of the tongue and if left unattended, it can lead to foul breath. Thus, keeping the tongue clean is equally important to ensure a good dental hygiene.

Teeth Sensitivity: Facts one must know

Most of us have had to deal with the aspect of sensitive teeth sometime or the other in our lives. It is a very common phenomenon prevalent among people all across the Globe. Although the magnitude of pain varies in accordance with the cause, one should ensure that sensitive teeth are not neglected and cured at the stages of inception.

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Causes

The primary reasons that may lead to sensitivity involve the following.

  • Incorrect style of brushing can lead to tooth sensitivity as the enamel wears down as a result of rigorous brushing or even due to the use of a hard brush.

  • A Dental implant can lead to sensitivity as a result of excessive pressure exerted on the particular tooth along with the neighbouring ones due to the implant or surgery.

  • The recession of gums occurs when the dentin gets exposed causing sensitivity. This too is a common phenomenon among people.

  • Wearing down of enamel can also happen if a person does not brush regularly. Acid from food accumulates which leads to enamel reduction causing sensitivity.

  • The proliferation of bacteria in the teeth can happen as a result of deposition of food over a period of time. Deposition near the gum margins can lead to the swelling up of gum tissue, a state known as ‘Gingivitis‘.

  • Various dental procedures like a dental implant, replacement of crown, root planning, etc can lead to sensitive teeth as well. It takes a few weeks for normalcy to be restored in the teeth.

  • Using toothpaste that may contain unfavourable chemicals which might cause potential damage to the teeth.

Symptoms

You know there is sensitivity in the teeth when you experience:

  • Hypersensitivity as a result of irritation of the nerves in the teeth

  • Discomfort or pain experienced when subjected to food which is hot or cold in temperature.

  • Difficulty during brushing or flossing as a result of discomfort in the teeth.

  • Discomfort or pain immediately after dental fixing procedures like a dental implant, crown replacement, etc.

  • Considerable difficulty while eating or chewing easily edible food.

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Treatments

Depending on the cause leading to sensitivity, various kind of treatment can be recommended in order to get rid of sensitive teeth

  • Desensitising toothpaste may be recommended by the doctor in order to get rid of sensitivity. Desensitised toothpaste contains a set of favourable compounds that stops the sensation effect from reaching the nerve from the surface of the tooth.

  • Gum tissue erosion can leave roots of the teeth exposed that may lead to sensitivity. In such a case, gum grafting in the form of a surgery may be recommended. Gum grafting refers to the lending of tissue from a particular spot in the gum and placing it at the spot required. This protects the root of the teeth and prevents sensitivity.

  • It is advisable to consume food on a regular basis that has a low level of acids present in it. This will keep the enamel from rapid erosion and also considerably limit the chances of formation of plaque, thus helping in preventing sensitivity.

  • It is advisable that one learns the art of brushing. A soft-bristled brush is recommended and one should not be rigorous and forceful while brushing as it leads to the erosion of the enamel. A mouth guard should be used before grinding of teeth as grinding increases the chances of tooth fracture. Flossing should also be done with care.

  • If nothing works out, then a root canal might be advisable as it is one of the most successful techniques existing in the elimination of teeth sensitivity. In the case of a root canal, the dental pulp is treated in order to minimise sensitivity.

Smile Enhancement- ‘Reviving the Perfect Smile’

The sight of a lovely smile is one of the most rejuvenating feeling in life. But, obviously not everyone is blessed to flaunt their set of teeth nonchalantly. The reason is the prevalence of a set of teeth that the owner finds unsatisfactory. Intense apprehension to smile freely can occur due to factors like stain layers, disfigured teeth, the over appearance of gums, etc. As a result, not only the social freedom of the person is affected, it has a bearing on his/her overall personality as well.

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Wolds Dental Studio Smile Enhancement Services promises to help such victims overcome their reluctance to pose the perfect smile. Let us see how.

Ceramic Crowns

Ceramic Crowns help in maintaining the solidity of the teeth. It aims at the protection of the teeth by holding it together and strengthening it especially during times of tooth decay. Not only does it aim to repair but also enables the person to have better chances of chewing. Apart from this, ceramic crowns also aid in the shaping of an already affected disfigured tooth.

Tooth Coloured Braces

We are all aware of the widely popular traditional metal braces and wires. Tooth Coloured Braces is a unique alternative to the metal braces that helps in the proper alignment of the set of teeth wherever necessary. As the name suggests, this kind of braces perfectly compliments the colour of the teeth which also makes it easy for the person to carry it off. This is an ideal way of attaining straight teeth as one does not have to deal with the nuances of the metal braces.

Clear Braces

Another alternative to dental braces is clear braces or clear aligners. They are basically transparent or invisible in nature that aligns the affected tooth by making the necessary adjustments. The transparent nature ensures that the person is uninhibited socially, but at the same time not compromising on the hygiene aspect. They are detachable and cause considerably lesser irritation and complexities. Thus clear braces is an effective way of teeth straightening and goes a long way in enhancing the smile.

Composite Fillings

Another entity that is synonymous with the colour of the teeth is composite fillings. The material is a mixture of plastic and glass ensuring the protection of decaying teeth. It helps in altering the colour of the teeth and helps in enhancing the smile of the individual. Apart from this, composite fillings also help in straightening and reshaping teeth that are disfigured in nature. This is yet another way of attaining smile enhancement for the individuals.

Teeth Whitening Gels & Strips

One of the most commonly occurring inhibition among individuals is the prevalence of discoloured teeth. One of the most essential components of the smile enhancement services provided by Wolds Dental Smile includes the use of credible dental care products like teeth whitening strips and gels. These ensure the proper whitening of discoloured teeth and provides all the chances for effective smile enhancement.

These are the various modern day techniques that can be implemented to allow the unsatisfied teeth owners enhance their teeth quality and, in turn enhance their smile. Effective Smile Enhancement will go a long way in helping the individual drop the baggage of social inhibitions and allow one to prosper with freedom as one can now pose the perfect smile.

A Comprehensive Oral Health Care Guideline

Why your Teeth is so important?

Your teeth vary in shape and size, and so their jobs vary depending on their position within your mouth. You use some teeth to tear your foods, and some others to chew and digest your food. Besides these primary functions, teeth ensure the shape of your face and bring you a beautiful smile.

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But what can go wrong with your teeth?

Teeth needs little but regular attention. If you leave it unattended, you may have the tooth decay, that can lead you to fillings, crowns or inlays. It is better to treat tooth decay early, otherwise, the nerve of the tooth will become infected and die, and that may cause an abscess. Consequently, you may need root canal treatment.

Do you know gum disease is the largest cause of tooth loss in adults? But now you can treat Gum disease preventing the causes and keep it under control with a routine checkup, to prevent any further problems. However, if you lost your tooth, you must fill the gaps using bridges, dentures, and dental implants.

How can you keep your teeth and gums healthy?

You can easily keep your mouth clean and healthy with some easy cleaning hygiene. Follow a simple routine of brushing, flossing, and clean between the teeth and ensure good eating habits. A regular dental checkup prevents most of the dental problems.

Most of the people brush regularly, but do not care for cleaning in between, some even skip dental check ups. A few changes in your daily routine can ensure you a promising oral health.

Have you heard of plaque?

Plaque is a thin but sticky film of bacteria that forms constantly on the surface of your teeth. It reacts with food turning sugar into acid, which finds a place on your tooth enamel, attack it causing poor oral health. When this happens and continues for more than a couple of times, the enamel breaks down giving rise to cavity formation.

A regular brushing helps to remove plaque by clearing off the food debris that is left behind, which, if not cleared causes tooth decay and gum disease.

But what is Gum Disease? How do you know if you have gum disease?

Gum disease is a very common condition, where you can see your gum getting red and swollen that bleed when brushed and flossed. If you notice this, contact your dentist immediately.

Common Teeth Care Tips:

1. Brush twice daily to ensure good oral health. The best time to brush your teeth is after regular meals. Choose brush having small head and soft bristle that works gently on your teeth.

2. Regular Flossing in a slow, gentle sawing motion helps to remove left out food particles and prevent plaque formation.

3. Limit carbonated water and acidic drinks. These acidic drinks soften tissues, dissolve minerals in tooth enamel, causing holes in your teeth.

4. Limit Sugary food. If you fail to resist, brush immediately after having sugary food.

5. Avoid using your tooth for any other purpose rather chewing your food. You may notice many people use their teeth to crack nuts, open bottle caps or rip off packaging using their teeth. Try to avoid such practice as it may break your teeth.

6. See a dentist after every six months to know the current oral condition of your teeth.

Dental Care Tips For Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

New parents tend to make mistakes when it comes to teeth cleaning and gum care of their newborn. Most of the parents experience a tough time judging how much dental care their child needs. Every parent wants to take the best care to prevent cavity formation but ends up with taking a wrong decision, mostly, because they are not aware of the correct path. So, here are some guidelines to enlighten you on Children Dental Care

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Oral Care Tips For Babies

Ideally, the child’s mouth needs regular cleaning even before the first tooth peeps in. Rather using any kind of soft baby brush at this stage, you can wipe the gums off after each time you feed your baby with a warm, wet washcloth or a dampened piece of gauze wrapped around your index finger. This cleans the gums and rubs off any excess food.

Oral Care Tips For Toddlers

Generally, babies between 4 and 7 months old sprout their first tooth. You can expect to see the first white cap at the bottom middle teeth. Normally these comes in pairs. Once, the teeth start coming in, take the best care right away. Many parents don’t give much importance to baby teeth because they think these are eventually getting replaced by permanent ones. But, decaying of baby teeth also leads to gingivitis affecting the spacing of permanent teeth. So, TAKE CARE!

Once your baby starts getting his teeth, brush them with an infant toothbrush. To clean the primary teeth, use water and a tiny bit of fluoride toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice). Maintain the same amount to minimize the risk of toothpaste swallowing by your baby.

Children around 2 -3 years normally get the set of 20 primary teeth and manage to learn to spite too. Even if your baby is a late bloomer, you have to wait till he’s 3 years of age. Kids having the full set of teeth should use just a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. However, it is better to supervise kids younger than 6 while brushing, as they tend to swallow toothpaste.

Oral Care Tips For Preschoolers

At 6, your child may want to brush on their own. You can give him a turn, as he needs to learn too, but you should cover that up by second time brushing to ensure the cleaning. Most children won’t be able to brush their teeth well on their own till they are about 8 years.

As your child starts getting permanent teeth, a regular cleaning and flossing, along with regular dental check-up are highly recommended.

Toothbrush companies come up with various range of toothbrush designed especially for children. These include brushes with softer bristles that can never hurt your child’s teeth and gums. You can also pick children’s flossers with handles to teach your child how to floss his own teeth.

During this age, old teeth will begin to come loose. Let your child wiggle the tooth until it falls out on its own. This will minimize the pain and bleeding associated with a lost tooth.

Cavity Care For Children

Another thing to be on the lookout for is cavities. What and how frequently your kid’s snack can have a big impact on their oral health. Here are a few tips for snacking and mealtime. Kids healthy eating habits start at home only. Parents should look into the regular diet of their children, which can be done effortlessly by following a few simple tips mentioned below.

  1. You can replace the snack of your kid from regular pizza and burgers to fresh fruits, vegetables, and cheeses. This will limit teeth staining and help to maintain a good health too.

  1. Shop sugar-free or unsweetened foods.

  1. Serve sugary and starchy foods at lunch or dinner rather than a snack. Most kids drink water during lunch and dinner, this will wash food remains from their teeth securing the teeth health.

  1. Brushing twice daily, with one at bedtime is to be included in their TO-DO lists.

  1. Brushing after every food intake is an excellent habit. But it is not possible when you are not at home. Swishing the mouth several times with water is also a good option for your kids.

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