Having the Best Smile: Just Keep These 5 Habits

Developing the 5 Habits for Good Oral Health

Do you know how to get your teeth and gums in top shape and have that smile, the envy of everyone? You only have to develop these easy but great oral health habits. Let it be your standard for oral health.

Take care of your gums. Just do not only mind about your teeth, but your gums as well. Brush around your gum line and don’t forget to floss in between your teeth. Gum disease can cause swelling, discomfort, and inflammation.

Prevent cavities and tooth decay. The best prevention is still good oral hygiene – proper way and frequency of brushing and flossing are key. Also, reduce the consumption of sugary and acidic food and drinks. They attract bacteria easily and cause weakening of the enamel.

Prevent bad breath by discarding bad habits. Halitosis or bad breath can be brought about by certain habits, such as smoking and eating strong-smelling foods as garlic or onions. The presence of tooth decay, gum disease, an unclean tongue, and even a buildup of plaque can also manifest as bad breath. So don’t smoke and avoid too much sugar in your diet. Be sure to keep proper oral hygiene so as to decrease the chances of foul-smelling odor from the mouth.

Prevent dry mouth. Dry mouth increases the risk for tooth decay. Due to decrease salivary production, the lack of fluids enables the proliferation of bacteria and the buildup of plaque leading to tooth decay. Breathing through the mouth, sleeping with open mouths, taking certain medicines, and generally dehydration causes dry mouth. Increase fluid intake throughout the day and chew on sugar-free gum to increase saliva production.

See your dentist regularly. Regular visits to your dentist can avert the occurrence of oral problems as your dentist can detect beginnings of tooth decay and gum disease. Professional cleanings can prevent the progress of tartar buildup and thus save your teeth and gums early from the development of caries and of gingivitis.

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Teaching You the Essentials in Bellingham

Get reminded about these top five essentials for the best smile around by regular visits to your Bellingham dentist. We just don’t treat oral problems, we give great tips as well. See us for a consultation soon.

Dental Care of the Whole Family is Everyone’s Concern

From Toddlers To Seniors

For every family, oral health is directly related to each family member’s well-being. A family dentist in the neighborhood is just the easiest person to go to for concerns of health of teeth and gums.

If you have a baby in the family, the first teeth will be erupting by 6 months (sometimes as early as 3) and the baby’s gums will be tender and irritable. Rubbing gently with a clean finger can be soothing. Infant sucking is normal but doing so on extended periods may lead to some jaw development problems and altered teeth positioning. It is best to start the child early on toothbrushing with a pea-size toothpaste with fluoride.

Children’s Teeth

Children’s teeth will start out porous and not so mineralized, so by this time a healthy diet is very important. Amount and frequency of sugar consumption in meals, snacks and drinks must be controlled. Teeth brushing must be supervised at first to ensure that the proper techniques are used and the twice a day frequency is followed. It is also around this time that the proper alignment and spacing between teeth are monitored.

Pre-Teenagers

Tweens between 10 and 12 years are still losing their primary teeth. By age 12, the second permanent molars appear. New permanent teeth are more prone to decay. Proper oral hygiene must be stressed here. Teenagers between 16 and 20 will be growing their third molars which will generally be recommended for extraction to avoid future issues. Around this time, kids can be pressured to adopt harmful oral habits, such as smoking and piercing, develop eating disorders or opt for bad choices in food and drinks. Parents must also be able to decide if their children need braces for misaligned, crooked teeth or abnormal bites.

Adult Oral Health

Adults are more likely to neglect their oral health for a variety of reasons. With an increased risk for gum disease, care for the gums can be neglected. Gingivitis can be overlooked; most might just wake up to periodontitis. Bad breath or halitosis can be a manifestation. Oral hygiene is most important here, as well as regular dental appointments. Diabetes, heart diseases, and other inflammatory conditions can affect oral health severely.

Majority of seniors may no longer have most of their natural teeth. They could be wearing dental bridges, dental fillings, having teeth more prone to oral health issues, such as gum diseases that can result in overall health complications related to digestion, heart and other vital organs.

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New Study: Brushing Might Not Be Enough for Kids

Kids Who Snack More Must Brush More?

Social scientists and researchers from the University of Edinburgh and Glasgow did a study on the snacking habits of children and discovered that kids who eat snacks all day, instead of just eating meals, were far more likely to have dental decay. It also suggested that brushing might not be enough to protect a child’s teeth, and parents are a little worried with that.

The scientists used statistical models and survey data to predict dental decay among children by age five. According to the BBC, it’s a study of almost 4,000 pre-school children. It showed that tooth brushing alone to keep dental decay at bay may not be enough. Also impacting dental decay and health of children’s teeth are the kids’ snacking habits and parental socioeconomic factors.

The Issue of Snacks

Snacking was actually the factor most strongly associated with decay. Children who snacked all day, those sugary, salty or starchy snacks,and then not eating meals, had twice the chance of decay when compared to those who did not snack at all.

The results also showed an association between “lower frequencies of tooth brushing” at age two and higher chances of dental decay by age five. Among children eating sweets or chocolate more frequently, once a day or more, tooth-brushing more frequently reduced the chance of decay in the end. So if kids snack this way it becomes important to toothbrush more.

The study was published in the Journal of Public Health. The findings in this study is an issue of great importance to doctors and dentists in the United Kingdom right now. Last year, it was recorded that almost 43,000 children and teenagers in England and Wales had operations to remove teeth, according to the National Health Service. This study is just saying that it definitely takes more than brushing to protect your child’s teeth, and that other factors are at play – factors that parents can sometimes control, along with others that might be out of their hands.

Looking After Oral Health of Kids

Letting you know that young patients under our care are well looked after in terms of monitoring and advice to parents. True, it’s not just brushing that can keep tooth decay at bay. Education of parents is also crucial. You can always ask our Bellingham dentists during your appointment about your child’s oral health and prevention of future complications.