BRINGING CHILDREN TO THEIR FIRST DENTAL VISIT TOO LATE
A child’s first dental visit should be when the first tooth appears or by the age of 1, whichever comes first. It is the best practice to start a child on a good path and reduce early childhood caries. For more information click here.
ALLOWING CHILDREN TO BRUSH AND FLOSS THEIR TEETH ON THEIR OWN
It is very important to teach and help your child brush and floss their teeth to aid them in the right direction in maintaining proper care of their teeth at an early age. Being with them when they are brushing a parent can ensure that they do not rush their brush and brush for at least 2 minutes, covering all the teeth and surfaces.
THINKING THAT CAVITIES ON BABY TEETH DO NOT NEED TO BE FIXED
Some baby teeth will be in your child’s mouth until age 12 and the decayed tooth that needs to be fixed may be one of those. Decayed, broken or teeth that are infected can hurt your child’s oral and overall health and it may also affect the way your child feels about him or herself now and in the future. for more information click here.
ALLOWING CHILDREN TO DRINK SPORT DRINKS AND SODA POP
The sugar and acid in energy drinks and soda pop is a perfect recipe for bacteria growth in the mouth which may cause tooth decay and dental erosion. When given the choice, water is best for hydration. For more information on sport drinks click here.
ALLOWING CHILDREN TO PLAY SPORTS WITHOUT A MOUTH GUARD AND NOT MAKING SURE IT IS CLEANED PROPERLY
Mouth guards, also called mouth protectors, help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. They typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. Knowing how to prevent injuries like these is especially important if you participate in organized sports or other recreational activities. For more information click here.
For information on proper mouth guard care click here.
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An acidic environment in the mouth can also cause problems with the teeth. Acidic foods and drinks such as carbonated drinks, citrus fruit juices, wine, pickles and honey can cause tooth enamel to weaken, wear away and teeth to become sensitive, cracked and discolored. Foods that take a long time to chew or that you hold in your mouth (such as cough drops) can damage teeth as they hold sugar against teeth longer than other foods do. Be sure to avoid snacking on sugary, carbohydrate-rich or acidic foods throughout the day, these foods should be consumed during meal times in order to decrease the amount exposed to time the teeth. The mouth produces more saliva to help digest larger meals, which then washes away more food and helps neutralize harmful acids before they can attack the teeth.
A healthier diet aids in achieving a healthy physique and maintaining optimal levels of body’s performance which is an important part of life. A diet that promotes good oral health is not just about the foods you eat or avoid, when and how you eat them is equally important.For more information on healthy living be sure to contact one of our dental professionals.
Have you noticed your teeth change colour ….. going from white to not so bright?
There are many reason teeth can change colour or get stained. From the foods consumed, and trauma to medication and age.
Food and Drinks
Certain foods and drinks have intense colour pigments that attach to the white outer part of the tooth (enamel) causing colour change. Such foods and drinks are: Coffee, tea, red wine, candy and foods containing colour.
Tar and nicotine create stains. Tar is naturally dark and although nicotine is colourless when mixed with oxygen it turns into a yellowish surface-staining substance.
The enamel of the tooth is white however the layer under the enamel, called dentin, is yellowish. With age, as the enamel gets thiner, more of the yellowish dentin shows through.
If you have hit your tooth you may notice it get darker as a reaction to the injury, by laying down more dentin.
Certain medications can also cause teeth to change colour and darken. Be sure to speak to your dentist if you have concerns that the medication you are taking are causing your teeth to change colour.
The best way to keep your teeth white is to brush twice a day, floss daily, see your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings, and limit stain-causing foods and habits. However if you feel your teeth can use a little whitening help there are a few options you may want to consider:
Chair-Side Bleaching – usually takes about 2 hours. A shield (or rubber dam) protects your gums from the bleaching agent (usually a form or hydrogen peroxide) which is “painted” onto your discoloured teeth and activated with heat or high-intensity light.
Take-Home Bleaching – is done by you at home. You wear a custom-made tray with special bleaching gel (provided by your dentist) for a period of time each day over a number of weeks.
It’s important to know that not everyone’s teeth will “whiten” the same. It depends on the number of teeth involved and the severity of discolouration. Over-the-counter, at-home whiteners are not recommended because they may cause problems associated with over exposing gum tissues to the active whitening agent. Any bleaching treatment should be done under your dentist’s supervision.
At Dr. Dimovski’s Dental Office we have three different whitening systems and are 25% off until February 29th 2016. Be sure to contact one of our dental professionals for more information.
Dr. Elizabeth Dimovski & Associates – Brampton Dentists – Article by: Mira Budd
During the Christmas season it’s not just our waist lines we should be worried about. With all the parties, chocolate gifts and extra hockey games the kids play during Christmas tournaments, we need to pay extra attention to our teeth and gums.
With the increased intake of sugar through sweets, alcohol or sports drinks to hydrate during hockey games, we need to take extra care of our teeth. When it comes to our teeth, it’s not about how much sugar we consume rather how long it stays in our mouth.
Here are some simple steps to protect your teeth and your smile.
Don’t forget to floss. It’s especially important to get the food out that is stuck in-between the teeth.
- Drink water during hockey games as the sugars from sports drinks get locked in your teeth with the mouth guard.
Drink tap water. Since most contains fluoride, it helps prevent tooth decay no matter how old you are.
Try eating sweets during meals and not between.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or after having the cold or the flu.
- Be sure to visit your dentists every 3-6 months.
Wishing everyone a great, happy, healthy and white holiday season!
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