Posts for: April, 2013
You can start caring for your baby's gums right away. Do not start with a toothbrush. Use a moistened washcloth or piece of guaze. Gently wipe your baby's gums at least twice a day. The best times are after feedings and before bedtime. This will wash off bacteria that can leave a sticky plaque that damages infant teeth as they erupt.
When the first baby teeth start to pop up, you can graduate to a toothbrush. Choose one with a soft brush, small head and large handle. Start with just a wet toothbrush until age 1. Then you can start using a pea sized amount of non-flourinated toothbrush. Introduce flouride toothpaste at age 2. Brush baby's teeth until he or she is old enough to brush. Supervise until your child can rinse and spit without assistance. Most children are ready to see a dentist at age 3. If you notice any spots or pits on teeth take your child to the dentist earlier.
It can take up to two years for all baby teeth to make their way through gums. Teething symptoms include drooling, swollen gums and a low grade temperature. You can use a clean teething ring or cool washcloth. Rub your baby's gums with a clean finger. Tylenol can also relieve pain.
Finally to prevent cavities only fill your baby's bottle with formula, breast milk and water. Sweet drinks like juices, soda and even milk can cause "baby bottle tooth decay". So it is especially important to brush before bedtime.
April is National Facial Protection Month
April is National Facial Protection Month, and dentists are teaming up with athletes, parents and coaches to raise awareness about the importance of guarding against dental and facial injuries.
The ADA has joined the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Academy for Sports Dentistry as a National Facial Protection Month sponsor.
From team sports like football, baseball and hockey to recreational fun like biking and rollerblading, children and adults alike spend a lot of time and money gearing up for an active lifestyle, but one important piece of equipment—a mouthguard—is often overlooked.
Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more than half of the seven million sports- and recreation-related injuries that occur each year involve children as young as five years old. The National Youth Sports Safety Foundation reported that athletes who don’t wear mouthguards are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth—yet, in a survey commissioned by the AAO in 2009, 67 percent of parents admitted that their children do not wear a mouthguard during organized sports.
The AAO survey also found that 84 percent of children do not wear mouthguards while playing organized sports because they are not required to wear them, even though they may be required to wear other protective materials, such as helmets and shoulder pads. At a time when a good football helmet or hockey stick may cost $200 each, mouthguards can be one of the least expensive pieces of protective equipment available.
“It’s important for dentists to encourage their patients to wear a mouthguard because all it takes is one elbow to the jaw or a stray puck to the mouth to destroy their smile,” said Dr. Ruchi Nijjar Sahota, an ADA spokesperson who practices general dentistry in Fremont, Calif. ”Dentists can advise patients about the variety of mouthguards available and help them select what’s best for them”.
Active patients should also wear helmets, protective eyewear and face shields when appropriate.
Patients can also find a variety of information and resources on facial protection and mouthguards at the ADA’s consumer website, MouthHealthy.org (http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/m/mouthguards.aspx).
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Basic oral hygiene doesn't change much as you age, whether you have all your teeth or wear dentures. It's easy to understand that regular dental visits may seem like a luxury than a necessity, especially on a fixed income. But preventive dental care is much less costly in the long run than waiting until a problem requires extensive and expensive repair work. Here are five ways to make your senior dental visit an affordable, low stress experience.
1. Don't wait until there is a problem to see a dentist.
Regular visits allow your dentist to check for problems before they become serious. Dentists can make sure your dentures are in good condition and fit well. Your dentist will also examine your mouth, gums, chheck and tongue for signs of oral cancer, which is more common after age 40.
2. Seek out affordable care.
Dental insurance covers most of preventive care and a portion of basic or major issues. If you dont have insurance, some offices offer payment plans or offer discounts for seniors or cash payment. Most offices even offer financing plans such as CareCredit.
3. Plan ahead
Pick a good time for your appointment to ensure that you are feeling your most energentic and least stressed. If you have any special needs let the staff know in advance so they can better accommodate you.
4. Keep your dentist informed.
Mention any sores, swelling or pain you might be experiencing in your mouth. Let your dentist know if you smoke, have allergies or any existing medical conditions. Also tell your dentist about all the medications you take. Some can cause dry mouth; others may interact with any medications your dentist may prescribe.
5. Know what to expect.
Your senior dental visit will likely consist of the following:
X-rays- are not required at every visit but are used to to spot undetectable problems to the eye such as bone deterioration below gum line.
Dental Cleaning- the dental hygentist will scrape off any plaque of tartar from above and below gum line then polish and floss teeth.
Dental Exam - the dentist will check your mouth, teeth, and gums for signs of cavities, loose fillings and gum disease. He or she will look at your neck, lymph glands, cheeks, tongue and lips to check for signs of infection or oral cancer.
Treatment Plan - Depending what the dentist observes during the exam, he or she will recommend a dental treatment plan. Your dentist can also review proper self care tips.
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The National Cancer Institute estimates that about 40,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with mouth or throat cancer in 2012.
The oral cavity includes your lips, cheek lining, gums, front part of your tongue, floor of the mouth beneath the tongue and the hard palate that makes up the roof of your mouth. The throat (pharynx) starts at the soft part of the roof of your mouth and continues back into your throat. It includes the back section of your tongue as well as the base where the tongue attaches to the floor of your mouth.
During your dental visit, your dentist can talk to you about your health history and examine these areas for signs of mouth and/or throat cancer. Regular visits to your dentist can improve the chances that any suspicious changes in your oral health will be caught early, at a time when cancer can be treated more easily.
The symptoms of mouth or throat cancer can include:
- sores that bleed easily or do not heal
- a thick or hard spot or lump
- a roughened or crusted area
- numbness, pain or tenderness
- a change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down
Make sure to tell your dentist about any problems you have when chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving your tongue or jaw.
Keeping your mouth healthy during treatment:
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the first thing you should do before beginning cancer treatment is to see your dentist. After your treatment begins, be sure to check your mouth every day for sores or other changes.
Other NIDCR tips to keep your mouth moist:
- Keep your mouth moist.
- Drink a lot of water.
- Suck ice chips.
- Use sugarless gum or sugar-free hard candy.
- Use a saliva substitute to help moisten your mouth.
Tips for cleaning your mouth:
- Brush your teeth, gums, and tongue with an extra-soft toothbrush after every meal and at bedtime. If it hurts, soften the bristles in warm water.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste.
- Use the special fluoride gel that your dentist prescribes.
- Don't use mouthwashes with alcohol in them.
- Floss your teeth gently every day. If your gums bleed and hurt, avoid the areas that are bleeding or sore, but keep flossing your other teeth.
- Rinse your mouth several times a day with a solution of 1/4 teaspoon each of baking soda and salt in one quart of warm water. Follow with a plain water rinse.
- Dentures that don't fit well can cause problems. Talk to your cancer doctor or dentist about your dentures.
***This article was taken directly from the Mouth Healthy website courtesy of the ADA***