Posts for: December, 2016
To have teeth is to be susceptible to tooth decay. But because they are more likely to be exposed to sugary drinks and snacks and have less experience with adequate brushing and flossing techniques, children can be especially vulnerable to developing cavities. Establishing good oral hygiene habits as soon as the primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt is the best way to protect children from tooth decay and future dental problems. The dentists at Children's Dental Center of New Hampshire in Amherst advise parents to begin scheduling regular dental checkups by the age of one.
Tooth Decay Prevention and Treatment in Amherst, NH
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 20% of children between the ages of 5-11 (approximately 1 in 5) experience some degree of tooth decay in at least one tooth. The first step in preventing decay and establishing good, long term oral hygiene habits is to ensure daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste (for children ages 2+), flossing and helping smaller children with brushing techniques.
In addition to at home oral hygiene practices and limiting overconsumption of sugary drinks and snacks, which can be a major contributor to childhood tooth decay according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NICDR), treatments like dental sealants can help protect children's teeth from the bacteria and acids that cause cavities. Adequate brushing can be difficult for children in the beginning, especially for the difficult to reach back teeth, making them more prone to decay. Enamel colored plastic sealants are placed over the top of the back molars to smooth and even out the surface of the teeth, making them easier to brush and harder to trap food particles and bacteria.
Find a Pediatric Dentist in Amherst, NH
For more information on pediatric dentistry, cavity prevention, and the best oral hygiene practices for your children, contact Children's Dental Center of New Hampshire by calling (603) 673-1000 to schedule an appointment today.
Is having good oral hygiene important to kissing? Who's better to answer that question than Vivica A. Fox? Among her other achievements, the versatile actress won the “Best Kiss” honor at the MTV Movie Awards, for a memorable scene with Will Smith in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. When Dear Doctor magazine asked her, Ms. Fox said that proper oral hygiene was indeed essential. Actually, she said:
"Ooooh, yes, yes, yes, Honey, 'cause Baby, if you kiss somebody with a dragon mouth, my God, it's the worst experience ever as an actor to try to act like you enjoy it!"
And even if you're not on stage, it's no fun to kiss someone whose oral hygiene isn't what it should be. So what's the best way to step up your game? Here's how Vivica does it:
“I visit my dentist every three months and get my teeth cleaned, I floss, I brush, I just spent two hundred bucks on an electronic toothbrush — I'm into dental hygiene for sure.”
Well, we might add that you don't need to spend tons of money on a toothbrush — after all, it's not the brush that keeps your mouth healthy, but the hand that holds it. And not everyone needs to come in as often every three months. But her tips are generally right on.
For proper at-home oral care, nothing beats brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, and flossing once a day. Brushing removes the sticky, bacteria-laden plaque that clings to your teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease — not to mention malodorous breath. Don't forget to brush your tongue as well — it can also harbor those bad-breath bacteria.
While brushing is effective, it can't reach the tiny spaces in between teeth and under gums where plaque bacteria can hide. But floss can: That's what makes it so important to getting your mouth really clean.
Finally, regular professional checkups and cleanings are an essential part of good oral hygiene. Why? Because even the most dutiful brushing and flossing can't remove the hardened coating called tartar that eventually forms on tooth surfaces. Only a trained health care provider with the right dental tools can! And when you come in for a routine office visit, you'll also get a thorough checkup that can detect tooth decay, gum disease, and other threats to your oral health.
Bad breath isn't just a turn-off for kissing — It can indicate a possible problem in your mouth. So listen to what award-winning kisser Vivica Fox says: Paying attention to your oral hygiene can really pay off! For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can read the entire interview with Vivica A. Fox in Dear Doctor's latest issue.