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  • Caring for your Child’s Teeth | DeCare Dental Insurance BLOG
    introduced after the child s 2nd birthday If you can find a suitable flavour adult toothpaste can be used The problem with some children s toothpastes is that the level of fluoride is too low and may have little or no protective effect Why young children need to be supervised when cleaning their teeth Young children need to be supervised with tooth brushing until about six years of age It is important that they use the correct pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and ideally should spit out rather than rinse out after brushing This keeps small amounts of fluoride in their saliva giving extra protection to their teeth It also takes a number of years for children to have sufficient manual dexterity to be able to apply the correct level of pressure to their gums gingiva and teeth when removing dental plaque How to supervise your child s tooth brushing For children under six years the emphasis should be on getting the habit established as a daily practice of at least once or preferably twice a day first thing in the morning and last thing at night Demonstrate the correct pea sized amount of tooth paste Provide a toothbrush with soft bristles which is the appropriate size for the age and stage of development of the child As a general rule use a brush with a small head and short handle for baby teeth and a brush with a bigger head and longer handle for the permanent teeth The parent or carer should assume responsibility for monitoring the cleaning of the gums until the child can demonstrate the necessary competence for this task Teach your child to brush both teeth and gums The vast majority of people clean their teeth using a simple scrub technique A slight modification of this is an easy and effective method for cleaning the gums The soft bristles of the brush are angled so that they fit right into the sulcus or gum margin where the gum meets the teeth A very short back and forth motion using gentle pressure almost like a vibration of the bristles over two or three teeth at a time will dislodge most plaque from this vital area for gum health Particular care is needed in the area where the teeth meet each other plaque removal from this area is usually deficient because of the changing curvature of the teeth and gum margin It will take about two minutes using this method to go around the mouth doing the inside outside uppers and lowers and finishing by scrubbing the biting surfaces Good gum health can be achieved and maintained using this method once every 24 hours Sources 1 Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry Jan Lindhe Thorkild Karring Niklaus P Lang Editors 4th edition Blackwell Munksgaard 2006 2 Department of Health and Children 2002 Forum on Fluoridation Stationery Office Dublin http www fluoridationforum ie 3 Dental Caries The Disease and its Clinical Management Ole Fejerskov Edwina A M Kidd Editors

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  • Dental Sealants: Prevent Tooth Decay | DeCare Dental Insurance BLOG
    protective benefits of saliva which makes them especially vulnerable to cavities How are sealants applied to teeth A dentist or hygienist must apply sealants but the procedure is simple and fast with very little if any discomfort First the teeth to receive the sealants will be cleaned and thoroughly rinsed An acid solution or gel will then be applied to the tooth to help the sealant bond with the tooth The sealant material will then be painted onto the teeth much like nail polish on a fingernail and allowed to dry and form a bond on the chewing surface of the tooth Your dentist may use a special curing light to help the sealant material harden It will take a dental professional only a few minutes to seal each tooth Once applied sealants can last from five to ten years How effective are sealants Because sealants act as a physical barrier to decay causing bacteria sealants are nearly 100 effective in protecting teeth from cavities in pits and fissures if applied properly A systematic review of 16 studies found that permanent molar teeth with sealants had almost 80 less tooth decay on the biting surfaces than teeth that were not sealed Dental sealants are also cost effective Having sealants applied is less than the cost of having a cavity filled Prevention is the key to keeping your mouth and teeth healthy Be sure to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste containing at least 1 000 parts per million of fluoride clean between your teeth daily with floss eat healthy foods and visit your dentist regularly Ask your dentist if you or your children would benefit from the added protection of dental sealants Sources American Dental Association http www ada org Academy of General Dentistry http www agd org Centers

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  • Gingivitis – Why you should know what this word means. | DeCare Dental Insurance BLOG
    you may have some periodontal gum disease and you will need to make an appointment with your dentist who will be able to investigate your condition and make a diagnosis and treatment plan This may involve scaling of your teeth and a number of visits to the hygienist who will also review your oral hygiene skills Your gums may bleed more when you are pregnant but this tendency disappears once your baby is born What is periodontal gum disease Periodontal gum disease occurs when inflammation in the gingiva spreads further into the tissues that support the tooth in the bone The tissues attaching the tooth to the bone and the bone itself are gradually eroded This can take place at one site in the mouth localised or it can affect some or all of the teeth in the mouth generalised What is the cause of periodontal gum disease The primary cause is unknown but the disease almost always occurs in the presence of a bacterial plaque biofilm Certain factors are known to aggravate the condition Factors which are known to make periodontal disease worse are smoking poorly controlled or untreated diabetes and hereditary factors Trauma from over vigorous tooth brushing may cause the gums to recede This is a form of periodontal disease which can be arrested but not reversed by a change in tooth brushing technique How can you prevent it Good oral hygiene and plaque control using a combination of a good brushing technique interdental flossing and sometimes a recommended mouthwash is understood to slow down the progress of most forms of periodontal disease All of these should be carried out under the general supervision of a dentist who will monitor the progress of the disease How can you treat periodontal gum disease If you have developed periodontal gum disease the first step is to reduce the level of inflammation by having your teeth and gums cleaned professionally by a dentist often with the help of a hygienist When the swelling and bleeding have subsided the dentist will then be able to do a full periodontal examination and assessment of each tooth and surrounding bone A deep scaling is then carried out on each segment of the mouth over three to four visits This will be accompanied by extensive education in oral hygiene and plaque control and regular maintenance visits The aim of treatment is to slow down progress of the disease so that the teeth can be retained in a functional condition for as long as possible This is a realistic goal for most people with moderate to severe periodontal disease Occasionally it may be necessary for your own dentist to refer you to a periodontal gum specialist if you are a complicated case Can periodontal gum disease affect my general health Recently there has been discussion about possible links between periodontal gum disease and general health Some researchers have found evidence that people who have periodontal gum disease have increased risk of heart disease or stroke

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  • Christmas | DeCare Dental Insurance BLOG
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  • Dental | DeCare Dental Insurance BLOG
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  • flossing | DeCare Dental Insurance BLOG
    surfaces and help reduce bad breath While tooth Read Article Videos Post navigation Categories Ask The Dentist DeCare News Did You Know Oral Health Tips Research Videos Archives February 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 March 2014 November 2013 May 2013 SOCIAL MEDIA SOCIAL MEDIA Most Popular

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  • New Years | DeCare Dental Insurance BLOG
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  • tooth brushing | DeCare Dental Insurance BLOG
    comment A short video on how to brush your teeth The purpose of this brushing technique is to remove or disturb plaque at the gum margin preventing it from releasing harmful Read Article Videos Caring for your Child s Teeth April 20 2015 by editor Leave a comment Why boiled tap water should be used to make up infant formula Use boiled tap water when making up infant formula This will ensure the baby teeth are exposed to Read Article Oral Health Tips Are You The Sensitive Type April 8 2015 by editor Leave a comment Sensitivity of teeth DS dentine sensitivity or more recently DH dentine hypersensitivity is one of the most common clinical conditions encountered in dental practice worldwide It can have a significant Read Article Oral Health Tips Healthy Smiles Checklist May 1 2013 by editor Leave a comment By teaching your child how to look after their teeth and by setting a good example with your own oral health you can help your child develop and maintain a Read Article Oral Health Tips Post navigation Categories Ask The Dentist DeCare News Did You Know Oral Health Tips Research Videos Archives February 2016 December 2015 November 2015

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