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Make Better Oral Health Your 2014 Resolution

Now is the time for New Year’s resolutions. Have you made yours yet? If not, why not make it to take better care of your teeth and gums? An expert may be able to help you.

Did you know a straighter smile not only improves the look of your mouth, but might also be healthier for you, too? That’s right – straightening your teeth with braces might actually improve your oral health. Different treatments is used to correct improper bites. These bad bites make teeth crowded or crooked looking. Fixing them will give a patient a prettier smile, but it can also result in a healthier mouth.

Crooked or crowded teeth are just harder to clean. When teeth overlap, as in the case of crowding, it can be hard to get in between to clean the entire surface of every tooth. This can lead to tooth decay, periodontal disease and in extreme cases, even tooth loss.

Improper bites can also negatively affect how a person speaks, cause abnormal wear on tooth enamel and cause problems with a patient’s jaw.

Many potential patients, especially adults, may have been putting off getting braces or other treatment done, but if you suffer from serious bite problems, you may not be able to afford putting it off for much longer. That’s where an expert can help.

And the good news is, there are now so many choices in braces that you can straighten your smile as discretely as you would like. Invisible braces are great options for adult patients because they offers the ability to straighten teeth without others even knowing. They also allow patients to straighten teeth discretely and without having to change their diet or oral care regimen.

In addition to standard metal braces, there are also In-Ovation braces. These braces use a free sliding technology, rather than the standard wire and brackets, to apply very gentle pressure on the teeth to guide them to their proper locations. They look great and are comfortable to wear, and even better – they often move teeth faster than standard braces so patients spend less time in the doctor’s office.

The doctors take special care to create individualized plans for each patient they serve. That means no two treatments are alike and your teeth will be corrected based on your needs. So you can rest assured that your teeth will be straighter and the overall health of your mouth improved.

Do You Take Care of Your Toddler’s Teeth?

You feel immense pleasure gazing at your munchkin wondering how cutely mischievous he looks while chomping his goodies. You are an epitome of a doting parent. But, do you take care of his teeth too with an equal fondness? Most parents neglect their kids’ dental care till they find their toddlers writhing in pain. This comes as a bolt from the blue for the parents who have done everything possible to cosset their young ones. However, all this agony can be easily avoided by introducing kids to proper dental hygiene right from when they grow their first tooth. Here are some steps, that dentists suggest, that will show you how to take care of your kid’s teeth while you dote on them.

Start from the first year

By the time your young one finishes infancy, he starts developing a taste for eatables. This starts with him taking whatever that he finds into his mouth as if he is on a tasting spree. It is an ideal period to introduce him to oral care. He should start seeing dentists by this age. This preventive care would take care of all his potential tooth ailments. Also, it saves money in the long run

Inculcate brushing and flossing habits

As long as your kid is unable to brush, you should take his proper oral care yourself. Even if there are no teeth, you should clean the gums using soft washcloth. Move on to using a soft baby toothbrush when teeth start showing up. Also, with the growth of teeth, you should consult your dentist for knowing the right flossing techniques. You should stick to taking care of your kid’s teeth yourself till he is able to tie his shoes or write in cursive on his own. As it is obvious, it is highly recommended to ensure that he brushes and flosses just before bedtime as a routine.

Nap with a bottle is a no-no

Of course, you would love it if your kid goes off to sleep with a bottle of milk or juice as he will remain satiated for long. But unknowingly you are inviting oral hazards for your kid. The sugary liquids cling to your baby’s teeth, feeding bacteria that live in the mouth. The bacteria then release acids that stimulate tooth decay. If prolonged, it has adverse effects on your child’s growth and learning.

Dissuade your child from being a sippy cup addict

You might have been encouraging your child to indulge in juices from a sippy cup in order to wean him from bottle feeding. However, you are mistakenly instilling unhealthy habits in your child. The sugary substance from the bottle aids in tooth decay on the back of the front teeth, besides it leads to obesity which is even worse during childhood. It is no surprise to see kids wandering all day long sipping from their cups. Why not restrict it to mealtimes only?

Try motivating your child to practice oral hygiene

At times children can be fussy and reluctant when it comes to brushing and flossing their teeth. Then, it’s your incumbent duty to make them realize that there is no alternative to taking care of their teeth and gums. Coax your child into brushing by taking him to a store and letting him choose his own brush. You can get him kid friendly toothbrushes that are brightly colored and decorated kids are suckers for bright colors. A kid would be more than willing to brush if you offer to give him a sticker if he brushes his teeth.

Natural Teeth Whitening Remedies – What Works?

There have been many information about natural teeth whitening remedies to help you get a mouth full of white, healthy looking teeth from the comfort of your own home. Many of such traditional whitening methods work very well, although they will require repeated application to achieve the maximum effect. It is also important to know how to use each of them, though, so that you don’t risk harming your teeth. In some cases, you can damage the enamel and even cause cavities if you use materials that are abrasive or acidic without proper care.

Here are some of the most popular natural teeth whitening remedies that you might like to try:

Brushing With Baking Soda

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is well known as a cleaning agent and deodorizer. You probably know that you can buy toothpaste containing baking soda, but you can also mix half a teaspoonful with regular toothpaste for the same natural teeth whitening effect. Alternatively, you can also mix baking soda with a bit of water and apply it directly to your toothbrush. Although brushing with baking soda will not bleach your teeth white, it does effectively gets rid of stains to help make your teeth shine. Baking soda is safe to swallow, but it is important not to use it every day since sodium bicarbonate is quite abrasive and can damage the enamel.

Lemon Juice

Another natural remedy that can help you whiten your teeth is lemon juice. It’s natural bleaching properties will brighten your teeth if you brush your teeth with it or by rubbing the peel across the teeth. Unfortunately, lemon juice is quite acidic and the citric acid in the lemon can potentially weaken the enamel, making it softer by depleting the vital calcium in both the enamel and the underlying tooth. Many dental experts recommend not using lemon juice at all for whitening your teeth because of the dangers of tooth decay.

Strawberries

This is a little known natural teeth whitening home remedy that actually works. It seems counterintuitive, because strawberries are red and can stain clothes. However this remedy has surprising effects that you have to try out to believe.

To use strawberries, rub the fruit over your teeth and then brush your teeth immediately afterward. You can also mash the fruit into a toothpaste like substance and brush it over your teeth. Just like lemon juice, strawberries contain an acid that brightens the teeth. With the sugar and malic acid contained inside the fruit, you need to be sure to brush your teeth immediately after this treatment otherwise the acid could damage the enamel on your teeth.

Wood Ash

Before toothpaste was available to buy, people used to clean their teeth with ashes from the fireplace. Wood ash, specifically from hard wood, contains potassium hydroxide (lye), which has a powerful bleaching action that gives you whiter teeth. You should be aware that potassium hydroxide is a harsh chemical that can damage the teeth with frequent use, however.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is also another natural product which is famous as a teeth whitening solution, and whenever one finds teeth whitening tips, he or she will notice apple cider vinegar mentioned. Apple cider vinegar can always be mixed with a little bit of soda, which will be enough to form a paste, and this paste can be used to brush the teeth. A more liquid mixture can also be made out of the two and used to gargle before brushing your teeth with regular toothpaste, as this helps keep stains from the enamel at bay.

Other tried and tested natural ways to get a brighter smile include rubbing with the pith of an orange or a sage leaf, brushing with ground almond peel and salt, and chewing on the twigs of the neem plant, as followers of Ayurvedic medicine in India do when they want whiter teeth.

Important Note: There are also some regular habits which one needs to maintain in order to make sure that the teeth remain white naturally. Brushing and flossing regularly is a must, and it is a very good habit to brush off the teeth after each vital meal. Rinsing off the mouth thoroughly is needed after the consumption of potatoes and apples, as well as after drinking coffee or wine. Avoiding colas, wine, coffee and smoking is always good for your dental health and there is one more item which one ought to avoid – fluoride. Many mouth rinses and mouth washes make use of fluoride, but high exposure to fluorine and especially at an early age causes teeth to discolor and stain. Avoidance of tetracycline antibiotics during pregnancy and during the early childhood years is necessary in order to protect teeth from discoloring.

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