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Posts for: October, 2013

Each and every day is an opportunity to maintain and improve your dental health and hygiene. Big improvements can made in a short period of time when you take action and start following a better routine and regimen for your teeth and your overall dental health.

It's a multi-step program though that includes several important tasks, including one you're almost surely not doing right now -- even if you otherwise consider yourself on top of your dental hygiene!A woman brushing her teeth

1. Brushing - The health of your teeth certainly begins with brushing, although it doesn't end there, as you'll see below. Still, brushing at least twice per day is a crucial element of your dental health, and it shouldn't be overlooked. In fact, it's actually recommended that you brush three times per day. Don't forget to cover all of the surfaces and sides of all of your teeth. Keep in mind that effective, thorough brushing should take between two and three minutes.

2. Flossing - Do you know why most patients hate it when the dentists clean and floss their teeth? It's because they don't regularly floss at home! When flossing is a regular part of your dental routine, pain, bleeding and irritation from the process will be quickly eliminated. Meanwhile, you'll be amazed at how much healthier your teeth and gums will be, and how much hidden plaque and debris you remove from in between your teeth each day.

3. Mouthwash - Most people these days understand how important mouthwash can be for your dental hygiene. Even with thorough brushing and flossing, there are places you simply can't get to, surfaces too small or too far removed, and more. Using a  is a great way to round out your game plan for dental hygiene. It's important to use a product such as Listerine, for instance, as opposed to a mouthwash which is purely "cosmetic" -- meaning it just addresses fresh breath without killing bacteria and germs.

4. Brush Your Tongue - Here's the hidden step that you probably aren't currently doing, even if you regularly practice steps 1-3 above. Brushing your tongue as you brush your teeth will remove trapped bacteria from the surface of your gum, along with other germs, and will also markedly freshen your breath, an added bonus of course. There are also special tongue scrapers you can purchase, and many tooth brushes today come with specially designed surfaces which are effective for tongue brushing.

Brush, floss, mouthwash, and brush your tongue, and you'll be displaying tip-top dental health and hygiene in no time at all.

 

 


It's no secret that most children are sad at the end of summer, and the start of another school year. Still, it can be an exciting time of the year, back to school means back to the dentist - schedule an appointment with a dentist when school startsas children get to embark on new adventures, reconnect with their friends and classmates, and continue through educational journey and development into adulthood.

There are many tasks and to-dos, from buying school supplies and shopping for new clothes, to getting back into the routine and schedule of school, ferrying children around to their sports and activities, and everything else. Still, it's equally important that at this time of the year you add another small task to the list, and that's scheduling your child's regular dental cleaning appointment.

Many parents lose track of when their kids have last been to the dentist, and when they're due for another cleaning or checkup. However, if you coincide the visit with the start of the school year each September, you'll never lose track. Your kids will even expect it and get into the yearly routine that back to school means time for a quick trip to the dentist as well.

As it's recommended that kids visit the dentist twice per year for cleanings and other basic dental examinations, occasional x-rays and so forth, this takes care of one of those immediately, and will make managing the second appointment at a later date easier as well.

A beginning of the school year dental appointment for kids may also be well-timed for several other reasons. For children playing sports, it can be an opportunity to get fitted for mouth guards or other protective gear.

Meanwhile, it can also be a great time to address an ignored snoring problem, which may actually be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. This not only puts your child at a health risk, but may also be hindering his or her ability to study, to concentrate in class, and to have their full, normal energy levels during the day. Finding out more about this at the start of the year and addressing these concerns can help your child have a happier and more productive year of school than ever before.

Even if you have lost track of your children's dental appointments in the past, it's not too late to start a new routine. Schedule a cleaning for your kids at the start of the school year. Call us at 410.531.5639 and we'll be happy to help you schedule your next appointment for the kids and the whole family.