Oh toddlers! They’ll keep you on your toes for sure. They are so fast that you rarely have time to clean up after they empty a cabinet to catch your breath before finding them playing with toothbrushes in the toilet. (Please make sure you toss out that brush by the way!) They have so much energy and can be hard to manage at times but here are a few tips you can control that will help establish good oral health early in life.
When you bring your little bundle of joy home the last thing on your mind is probably oral health for your little one. You are busy with diapers, newborn check ups, endless laundry and surviving sleep deprivation! If you’re a parent or grandparent, you know what I’m talking about.
I’d like to share some helpful tips and information with you that will help you instill good oral hygiene in your child at an early age.
Did you know every time you take a sip of your soda the acid attack lasts approximately 20 minutes after you swallow the sugary drink?! Drinks with a pH of 5.5 or lower begin the demineralization process. Some people believe brushing your teeth immediately after consuming a soda or high acidic drink will resolve the issue but that isn’t the case. The acid quickly begins to soften your the enamel and brushing hard can damage the enamel even further!
It shouldn’t be shocking that the health of your mouth affects the overall health of your body. But this may shock you, if you’re diabetic, you are 200% to 400% more likely to have gum disease! If you have diabetes it will make your dental problems worse and vise versa. One affects the other.
Good dental health improves your ability to control your diabetes. Good diabetic control lessens your dental problems and makes it easier to keep it that way. I would recommend those with diabetes be seen every three to four months for maintenance care.
People of all ages can be cruel. From the teenager who tells your son he could toss a football between his teeth to make a goal, to the woman who told her blind date his teeth look like a vandalized graveyard. As much as I wish all people were full of compassion it still would not change the fact that your smile is the first thing people notice about you! It’s the cover of your book and even though we have all been told you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, it happens all the time. Your smile has a direct effect on how people perceive you.
A study published by the American Dental Association revealed that 81% of people consider your smile the most dominant feature of your facial appearance. Your teeth are not just for the function of cutting up your food they affect your look, beauty, relationships and your confidence.
Many people have a memory from their childhood or maybe even as a young adult, of a time they felt like they were in a dental dungeon. Stress, anxiety and fear mixed with the pain of old-school dental methods burned those memories into neurons in their brain. Those memories of pain and the fear of not knowing what was happening during the procedure will always be there, but they can be overcome.
When we were young and lost our first tooth, it was a little unnerving until our parents reassured us a new one would grow back. Of course, we all hope that those permanent teeth will last throughout our lifetime but we know that isn’t always the case. Fortunately, for those looking to improve their quality of life, there are dental implants. They are the best possible alternative to real teeth. Implants provide numerous benefits, including: