Your Dental Journey From Gums to Grandparents

Many forget that your dental contributes to your overall health as your mouth is the entry point to your digestive and respiratory tracts, and some of the unhealthy bacteria can cause disease.

Also, certain medications (decongestants, antihistamines, painkillers, diuretics and antidepressants) can reduce saliva flow. Since saliva is essential for washing away food and neutralizing bacteria acids, it protects you from microbes. Endocarditis, cardiovascular disease, pregnancy and birth complications and pneumonia might be contributed to by dental health. Let’s see what you should be doing based on your life stage.

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Those Troublesome First Teeth

Our first teeth certainly let the whole family they are arriving. There can be fever, diarrhoea, an unwillingness to eat due to mouth pain and exhausted parents. The body is releasing chemicals in the gums to dissolve the gums away to allow the teeth to push through—tough times.

Try these tips:

  • Put a washcloth, spoon or gel teething ring in the freezer. This helps a lot of soothing the hot gums.
  • Using a CLEAN finger put some pressure on your baby’s gum. Yes, they are biting a lot, they are after that pressure
  • If appropriate to their current diet, give them a cold carrot to gum on (not tiny or it will cause choking). There are pacifier shaped items in baby stores that have a net instead of a silicone head. This net can be filled with pieces of frozen fruit and vegetables. It stops choking hazards.

Make Tooth Care Fun

Your first teeth need to last up to 12 years old with some people. They, therefore, require good dental care. A prepubescent child with rotten teeth will be unhappy socially, never mind the health gamble.

Sugar is introduced, in the majority, during childhood years making it even more critical to develop a brushing habit. Routines develop into habits as we all know. It has been proposed that generally, it takes 66 days for a new behaviour to become automatic. Ten years ago, it was said that 21 days was required but let’s be conservative and healthy and aim higher.

  • Brush every morning and every night.
  • Rinse with water after eating.
  • Don’t eat dozens of snacks regularly throughout the day as the mouth releases chemicals in-between eating to protect teeth.

As we all know, nothing beats the power of positive reinforcement. Charts, rewards and so forth for unbroken habits create healthy habits. Even for us adults, don’t you think?

Don’t Get Too Busy To Brush

We are all busy, and all aspects of our health are often sidelined, which is not good news for your long-term health. You are in charge of you, manage your health into your diary. Dental care must be a constant priority.

  • For convenient brushing and flossing when you eat out, have after hour meals at work etc. carry a travel-size dental care hygiene kit with you.
  • If you leave it behind, rinse your mouth with water after a meal.
  • Tannin from tea is astringent as can chlorogenic acid in coffee. A dry mouth means less saliva.  As we are highlighting, saliva is your mouth’s friend as it protects the teeth.  A glass of water with your tea or coffee will help (we know we would cause a revolution if we suggested giving them up).
  • Brush at least twice a day (fluoride-containing toothpaste).
  • Floss at least once a day and rinse withan antiseptic mouthwash 1x or 2x /day.
  • See your dentist twice a year. Open that digital diary and schedule ahead or the craziness of life will always be in its way.
  • When dental care issues pop up, visit a trained dental professional quickly, if not immediately, delaying this always makes the problem worse.

Sparling Teeth In Your Golden Years

Certain oral conditions present themselves at our senior phase of life.

  • Dry Mouth – Things such as regular medications or a chronic condition can increase your risk for dry mouth, which raises the risk of cavities or decay. Consult your dentist for various methods to restore moisture in your mouth.
  • Attrition – That is ‘wear and tear’. Those quiet teeth friends serve you well over the years, chewing and grinding. As the enamel wears down, there will be an increased risk of cavities. Be gentle with your brushing throughout your life to help reduce attrition.
  • Disease – Oral cancer and less severe afflictions such as mouth fungus (thrush) can occur due to a weakened immune system.
  • Root disease –Receding gums will expose the roots of your teeth, leading to an increased rate of decay.
  • Arthritis – this can make brushing and flossing more difficult. Ask your dentist in St Leonard for outstanding dental care aids to make brushing and flossing easier.

A healthy smile looks attractive at any age and gives you a youthful appearance. Look after teeth consistently, visiting your dentist and making changes when your body changes. Your dentist in St Leonard can work with you to prevent oral health problems, keeping you beaming like a Cheshire Cat.

Call us today or send an email and let’s get your smile sparkling.