The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth typically begin growing in around 6 months of age.
What should I use to clean my baby's teeth?
A toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime.
How can parents help prevent tooth decay?
Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Then, the dentist can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits.
During the Middle Ages, monks were the most educated citizens and carried out surgical procedures, including dentistry. When the Church banned monks from performing surgery, bloodletting, and extracting teeth, these tasks fell to barbers because of their expertise with sharp shaving blades.
Due to barbers' facility with knives, they had often helped monks with surgical duties even before they became the chief providers of dentistry. They took up the banned duties of the monks, which meant they extracted teeth and engaged in bloodletting as well as embalming the dead and cutting hair.
Apthous Ulcers (canker sores) are considered autoimmune disease with poorly understood triggering cause. These lesions occur on cheeks, floor of the mouth, and tongue. They are NOT contagious.
Did you know that there are healthier foods to eat for your teeth.
It might not come as a surprise that people get drunk and get their teeth knocked out during St. Patrick’s Day. Data from 2008-15 suggest that the day after St. Patrick's, there is a 77 percent jump in emergency visits to the dentist. And in fact, it's almost identical between men and women.
Women see a 77.4 percent increase in emergency dental visits, and men see an increase of 78 percent.
Face plants, sidewalks and fists are some of the main reasons people are losing their teeth. So please be careful not to fall down and face plant into the sidewalk or try not to get angry and offend someone so you don’t end up biting their fists this year. But on the off chance you do happen to lose a tooth there are some things you can do….
First it is important to get to the dentist as quickly as possible after a tooth has been knocked out. It is also important to avoid damaging the tooth even more.
Follow these suggestions to improve the chances of saving your tooth:
· Handle the tooth carefully. Try not to touch the root . It can be damaged easily.
· If the tooth is dirty, hold it by the upper part and rinse it with milk. If you don't have any milk, rinse it with water. Don't wipe it off with a washcloth, shirt or other fabric. This could damage the tooth.
· Try slipping the tooth back into its socket. In many cases, it will slip right in. Make sure it's facing the right way. Don't try to force it into the socket. If it doesn't go back into place easily and without pressure, then just keep it moist (in milk, saliva or water) and get to the dentist as soon as you can.
· Keep the tooth moist. Drop it into a glass of milk. If you can't do this, place the tooth in your mouth, between the cheek and gum. Place the tooth in the cup with the saliva. If nothing else is available, place the tooth in a cup of water. The most important thing is to keep the tooth moist.
If the tooth is intact (not broken in pieces), it is always a good idea to try to save it.
Don't let this post detour you from having a FUN and SAFE St. Patrick's Day!
The Tooth Fairy tightened her money bag after an all-time high payout in 2016. According to the original tooth fairy pole, sponsored by Delta Dental, the Tooth Fairy's cash gifts dropped to an average of $4.13. Even though the average price of a tooth dropped, the Tooth Fairy still paid out $271 million for lost teeth across the nation. Those looking under their pillow for their first lost-tooth received an average $5.70 per tooth.
No matter how generous the Tooth Fairy decides to be, a visit from the Tooth Fairy is a great way to teach children good oral health habits at an early age. Having conversations with children about good oral health can help establish strong habits for a lifetime.
Although 89% of the homes the Tooth Fairy visits receive money, the fairy is also known to occasionally leave gifts that promote dental health, such as toothpaste or toothbrushes.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is the first stage in gum disease. The bacteria in the plaque irritates the gums making them bleed, red, tender, and puffy. Gingivitis is reversible with proper home care and regular professional dental cleanings.
What is periodontal disease and why do I need a deep cleaning?
Periodontal disease is a more advanced stage in gum disease affecting the tissues and bone around the tooth. This stage is when the bacteria in the mouth is more aggressive and the inflammation causes bone destruction. This lack of bone causes gum pockets, which harbor more bacteria. These pockets will continue to be infected unless treated with a deep cleaning.
If gum disease is left untreated it could lead to TOOTH LOSS... don't be a gummy bear.
We all know that sugary snacks and acidic fruit juice are not good for our teeth.
But were you aware of the other potentially damaging sources? WINE.
Alcohol is acidic and a glass of wine nightly can dry out your mouth and leave your teeth feeling dry and leave you with bad breath. Alcohol is also increasingly associated with mouth cancer.
When we drink acidic drinks such as citrus, fruit juice, coffee our enamel (the white outer layer) starts to dissolve.
This is because the acid softens enamel, allowing some of its calcium content to leach out, weakening the tooth. When teeth are eventually worn away, nerves underneath can be exposed, leading to sensitivity and pain.
Most alcoholic drinks are extremely acidic, with sparkling beverages at least as acidic as orange juice. As a rule, dry, sparkling wines are the worst of all alcoholic drinks, as the bubbles in them are caused by carbon dioxide, which is acidic. You’d be better picking a less acidic, flat wine over prosecco or champagne.
Artificial carbonated drinks of any kind also pose a threat because manufacturers pump them full of carbonic acid to produce bubbles, which helps soften teeth further. Fruit ciders are often artificially carbonated, so steer clear. Even fizzy water, harmless though it may seem, is very acidic.
Add ice to a drink to dilute the harmful effects
Choose any kind of flat drink over bubbles
Rinse mouth with water after drinking alcohol
2 tbls Coconut Oil (Has antibacterial properties, may reduce gingivitis causing plaque)
1.5 tbls Baking Soda (Has abrasive properties to polish teeth, and causes a chemical reaction with water which lightens stains)
10-15 drops of an essential oil of your choice.
*Mix all ingredients in a small bowl until creamy and store in a small container.
Here are some recommended essential oils to use and their benefits.
Peppermint Essential Oil – Peppermint essential oil is refreshing and invigorating. Contains the natural constituent menthol. Can help prevent halitosis and soothe toothaches with its cooling/numbing quality.
Clove Essential Oil – Contains the active constituent eugenol which is a powerful antioxidant. Helps reduce gum disease.
Oregano Essential Oil – Contains the natural chemical carvacrol, which fights bacteria, viruses, and inflammation. Highly antimicrobial and boosts the immune system.
Cinnamon Essential Oil – Antiseptic and antibacterial and anti fungal. Cinnamon essential oil makes a potent cleanser.
Thyme Essential Oil – Contains natural chemicals caryophyllene and camphene, which provide antiseptic and antibacterial qualities. Protects from tooth decay, gingivitis and helps prevents oral infections.
Tea Tree Essential Oil – Contains the natural constituents cineol and propanol which can help fight gingivitis and reduce plaque. Natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.
Homemade Whitening Toothpaste
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Hydrogen Peroxide
½ tsp Water
Optional Activated Charcoal
*Thoroughly mix then brush your teeth for two minutes. Remember to do it once a week until you have reached the results you want. Once your teeth are good and white, limit yourself to using the whitening treatment ONCE every month or two.
Hydrogen peroxide is not good for prolonged use. Hydrogen peroxide is a highly reactive substance which can damage oral soft tissues and hard tissues when present in high concentrations and with exposures of prolonged duration
Why do our teeth change colors?
Food and Drink – Major staining culprits include coffee, tea, and red wine. The color pigments in these drinks attach to the white part of the tooth also known as the enamel.
Tobacco – Two chemicals in tobacco stain teeth. Tar which is naturally dark and nicotine which is colorless until it mixes with oxygen which then turns yellowish.
Trauma – If you experience any impact to the mouth, teeth may change color because they react to injury by laying down more dentin. Dentin is a darker layer under the enamel.
Age – As enamel gets thinner over time, the dentin (which is more yellow) shows through.
Medications – Some medications such as antihistamines, antipsychotics, and high blood pressure medications can darken teeth.
Your dental health is an important part of your overall wellness, and the New Year is a great time to create resolutions for improving your health. Many people have dental health resolutions that range from improving their brushing habits to healthier food and beverage choices. Understanding the benefits of your resolutions can be motivating and rewarding. Whatever your goals might be, it is important to take small steps to achieve them. Consistency is key with any resolution that you make.
Improving brushing and Flossing Habits
Brush twice a day for two minutes. Floss at least once a day to remove built up plaque that has accumulated during the today. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and gently move in small circles or back and forth in short strokes.
Healthier Food and Beverage Choices
An important part of achieving your dental health resolutions is making healthier food and beverage choices, especially for snacks. Frequent consumption of food and beverages containing carbohydrates and acids contributes to tooth decay. Leafy Greens are full of vitamins and minerals. Apples, carrots and celery are high in fiber and create saliva that rinses away bacteria and food particles. Almonds are also a great snack for teeth because they are a good source of calcium and protein.
Quit Using Tobacco Products
Quitting cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use is important for improving your oral and overall health.
Routine Dental Visits
A resolution to make routine visits to the dentist may help prevent oral disease or reveal an existing disease in its early stage. Dental visits should take place every 6 months to allow your dentist and dental hygienists to monitor the condition of your oral cavity and develop an appropriate treatment plan to meet your wants and needs.