Posts Tagged ‘toothbrushing tips’

Take Care of Your Mouth!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

The best way to take care of your mouth bones is by maintaining good diet, fitness, and oral health habits. However, there may be more to it than that. The Academy of General Dentistry says that more than 90% of all systemic diseases show up orally.

Dentists can be the first to point out a problem. Poor nutrition can lead to various diseases as well as poor oral health. By practicing good fitness and healthy eating, you can avoid cavities, periodontal disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Another problem that can be easily corrected is bruxism, better known as teeth grinding.

According to studies, an estimated 80-90% of the population grinds their teeth to a certain degree. stress causes the majority of these people to grind their teeth; however, it can result in the teeth wearing down and chipping. It could also cause sleep deprivation, headaches and jaw problems. What are some solutions to this problem?

1) Stop chewing gum
2) Exercise (i.e. take a hike)
3) Stop drinking beverages with caffeine (caffeine causes anxiety)

Someone who grinds their teeth may eventually need dental repair. If you hear popping noises coming from your jaw while eating, that may be a sign of jaw joint problems resulting from bruxism. Also, be careful of clenching your jaw.

Stress and Oral Care

Some people are so used to stress that they do not notice when it is happening. Emotional stress can cause oral health problems including: canker sores, dry mouth, lichen planus (lacy white lines, mouth sores, or red areas), burning mouth syndrome, and temporomandibular (jaw) joint disorders.

With stress, you are more likely to get cavities, gum (periodontal) disease, and bruxism. If you feel that may be under a high amount of stress, try to be more vigilant than ever with your oral care.

Brushing Teeth

If you do not brush food debris, sugars, and acids on your teeth, they can erode your tooth enamel and cause decay. Plaque, an invisible bacterial film, can build up, harden, and turn into tartar (which can only be removed by a dentist/hygienist). Eventually, this can cause tooth loss and periodontitis.

Toothbrushing Tips

  1. Brush your teeth 2-3X a day and/or after every meal
  2. Use the right toothbrush (soft with rounded bristles, long enough to reach the back teeth)
  3. Change your toothbrush every 3 months or less
  4. Floss everyday
  5. Eat healthier foods/snacks

Toothbrushing Steps

  1. Hold your toothbrush at a 45 angle against your gums
  2. Don’t miss any spots (start from one end and go to the other)
  3. On the outer/inner surfaces, vibrate the brush inhalf-tooth-wide strokes towards the gumline instead of scrubbing
  4. Clean your molars with a back-and-forth motion
  5. On the inside of your front teeth, hold the brush vertically with up-and-down strokes
  6. A complete brushing takes about 3 minutes!
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Different Ways to Get Kids to Brush Their Teeth

Monday, May 4th, 2009


In order to get children to brush their teeth, parents have tried creative and new ways to get them to do so.  They need to get the kids to view brushing their teeth as a fun task, and there are various ways that they can accomplish this.

Here are some ideas:

  1. Get your child acquainted with his or her toothbrush, even if it is not time to brush at that moment.
  2. Read your child a bedtime story while he or she is brushing.
  3. Get two brushes- one for the child to play with, chew on, and practice with before brushing teeth with the other one.
  4. Have your child pretend brush on his or her favorite stuffed animal.
  5. Make brushing a fun game.
  6. Play hide-and-seek/chase with your child, and when you find your child, you get to brush his or her teeth.
  7. Have your child practice brushing your teeth, while you brush his/hers thoroughly.

Other tips:

  • Don’t share toothbrushes because various bacteria will spread.
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, floss often (like after every meal), use mouthrinse, and visit the dentist once every six months minimum.
  • Start your kids on a healthy oral routine as young as possible.
  • Make toothbrushing fun to encourage them to follow a good oral hygiene routine.
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