Are You Using Mouthwash?

mouthwashBrushing and flossing daily is the most important part of dental hygiene, but did you know that using an anti bacterial mouthwash important as well?  When you go shopping for mouthwash it may be a bit confusing.  There are a lot of options. There are therapeutic mouthwashes and cosmetic mouthwashes.

Therapeutic mouthwash is meant to fight off dental disease like tooth decay and gum disease. It will contain anti bacterial and tarter control properties. They may also contain fluoride which can help to fight tooth decay. Anti bacterial mouthwash helps prevent gum disease by decreasing the amount of bad bacteria in the mouth. There are a few disadvantages though.  A lot of mouthwashes contain alcohol which can irritate canker sores.  It can also dry out the mouth.

Cosmetic mouthwash includes agents that freshen breath.  They may also contain whitening agents.  These types of mouthwash don’t include any therapeutic agents.  They don’t really help to fight tooth decay and gum disease.  Many people use these to try to cover up chronic bad breath that may be caused because of poor dental hygiene.  It is important to always still brush and floss daily and see your dentist regularly.  If you have any questions about your breath or mouthwash, be sure to ask your dentist.

Are you Choosing The Right Mouthwash?|Dr. Perrone

Make Brushing Magical

make brushing magicalDentalCare.Com provides a fun way to make brushing magical.  This activity booklet from Disney, Crest, and OralB includes fun activities for kids that remind them the importance of brushing their teeth.

You will find mazes, crossword puzzles, matching and coloring activities.  If you have a child that doesn’t think brushing is fun (and what child does!), print out this fun activity booklet for them. Check it out here.

Is Your Child Brushing?

child brushingGetting your child brushing and flossing regularly is not an easy task. As they get older and become independent brushers, it is still important for you to check that they are doing a decent job. And if they aren’t too keen on you hovering over them to watch, there are still some things you can try.  Here are some ways to know if your child is not brushing well or at all!

  • Your child doesn’t spend much time brushing – Your child should be brushing twice a day for two minutes.  Most kids brush for less than a minute.  Teach your child to brush for the length of a song.
  • The toothbrush is dry after your child brushes –  Check your child’s toothbrush right after they brush.  If it is still dry, they obviously didn’t do it!
  • You can see food in their teeth – Have your child smile for you after they brush.  If you can see bits of food on or in between your child’s teeth, they need a do-over.
  • Squeak test – Have your child wet their finger and rub it quickly across the outside and inside of their teeth. If they are clean, you will hear a squeaking sound.
  • White tongue – If your child’s tongue is white it means there is still bacteria there.  Proper brushing includes brushing the tongue.  A clean tongue will be pink.
  • Dental floss never runs out – If your child is flossing once a day the floss should run out eventually. You can also check the trash can in the bathroom to see if there is used floss in it.
  • Bad breath – If your child’s breath is anything but pleasant then they are not doing a proper job of brushing. Bad breath is often caused by food particles in the teeth or bacteria on the tongue.
  • Cavities – Lastly, if you see the dentist and your child has a cavity, they probably aren’t brushing well enough.  Your dentist will let you know where the trouble spots are and which areas need improvement in brushing.

8 Dental Clues Your Child Isn’t Brushing | 1800Dentist

Brush Your Teeth Before Bed

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Brush your teeth before bed for proper hygiene.

It’s late. You just got home and you are very tired. Do you sometimes forget to brush your teeth and just head straight to bed?  Unfortunately, this is a not a good thing. The ADA recommends brushing twice a day.  Brushing your teeth is one of the easiest ways to get rid of the bacteria that forms plaque.  Plaque causes cavities and gum disease.

Dentists say that even though there is not a precise timeline of when plaque becomes risky, you can start the process of a cavity by not brushing even one time.  Especially if your occasional forgetfulness is more frequent than you’d like to admit.

Remember, each time you brush you should brush for two minutes and cover all the surfaces of the teeth. Also, floss once a day and see your dentist regularly.  Gum, mints and mouthwash are not replacements for brushing, even though they might make your mouth feel and smell fresher.

Why Falling Asleep Without Brushing Your Teeth Is Pretty Darn Gross | Huffington Post

Why You Should See Your Dentist Regularly

We all know that seeing the dentist on a regular basis is an important part of keeping our smile healthy and bright. The benefits of seeing the dentist regularly 31517586-dental-care-symbols-in-the-shape-of-heart-dental-floss-teeth-mouth-tooth-paste-etcare endless.  Brushing and flossing will help to keep teeth clean, but the dentist has tools that will work better to prevent cavities and other problems.  Dentists have been specially trained to keep teeth in good shape.

Having good oral health does not just affect our mouth and teeth, but the health of our whole body.  As we grow older, so do our teeth and they need more attention.  Seeing the dentist regularly can prolong decay so we don’t end up with dentures.  To learn more about why you should see the dentist regularly, click here: The Benefits Of Seeing Your Dentist Regularly.