November 27, 2022
TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint, is a hinge-type, synovial, and condylar joint connecting your skull’s temporal bones and the mandible (the lower jawbone). Located on either side of the face, the Temporomandibular Joint assists our body in performing important actions like speaking and chewing.
All about TMJ
Any dysfunction or issues of the TMJ are called temporomandibular joint disorders. Pain from the disorder can be slight or severe, and it can be acute or chronic.
Symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
- Tenderness or pain in the jaw
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Throbbing facial pain
- Facial swelling
- Chewing becomes painful or difficult
- Closing or opening your mouth causes a painful grating, popping, or clicking in your jaw joint
- Discomfort in either of the TMJs
- Hearing loss
- Joint locking
Women are more susceptible to TMJ disorders compared to men. These disorders are seen most commonly in the age group of 20-40 years old. Causes of TMJ dysfunction include:
- Dislocation or erosion of the shock-absorbing disk of the joint
- Damage of the cartilage in the joint due to arthritis
- Acute trauma to the jaw joints or adjacent tissues
A dental health professional diagnoses a TMJ disorder using dental X-rays, CT and MRI scans, and TMJ arthroscopy.
Sometimes, the signs and symptoms of TMJ dysfunction can go away without treatment. Doctors suggest several treatment methods for persisting TMJ dysfunction symptoms. These include:
Medicines like anti-inflammatories and pain relievers prescribed by a dentist will help reduce severe pain that cannot be treated using OTC medications. Dentists also prescribe tricyclic antidepressants in decreasing doses for bruxism control, sleeplessness, and pain relief. Muscle relaxants are used to reduce the pain caused by muscle spasms.
TMJ therapy can include the following:
- wearing mouth guards or oral splints to help reduce jaw pain
- physical therapy, which includes exercises for strengthening the jaw muscles
- counseling to rectify habits like finger biting
Treatment options for TMJ disorders include:
- Corticosteroid injections
- TMJ arthroscopy
- Modified condylotomy
- Open-joint surgery
Some remedies you can try at home include:
- applying a hot or cold compress to the face
- exercising the jaw muscles and massaging them
- reduce stress
- Sleep on your back
- avoid habits like nail-biting and jaw clenching
Torbram Dental offers Treatment for TMJ, ranging from a small splint that you wear during sleep to orthodontic treatment that improves the alignment of your bite. The splint realigns your jaw to take pressure off the TMJ and also cushions the tooth enamel to reduce wear and tear from nighttime teeth grinding and jaw clenching. The treatment that is right for you depends on the cause of the TMJ pain.
In certain situations, TMJ can be avoided by adopting or avoiding certain daily habits. These include:
- Keeping jaw and face relaxed
- Avoid biting on hard objects like nails or pens that can be tough on the jaw
- Avoid excessive chewing on gum or foods that can cause jaw tension
- Avoid forcefully cracking your neck; that can cause tension
- Eat a soft diet
- Look for common symptoms and contact a dental health professional
Jaw pain might not appear serious, particularly if it is erratic. TMJ dysfunction, however, can substantially impair daily activities like speaking, chewing, and biting if left untreated. However, this condition can be managed with proper medication, care, and lifestyle changes.
November 13, 2022
Do you know about National Brush Day and its significance? It’s a day that celebrates dental health habits and reminds us about the importance of good oral health. Here’s all you need to know about National Brush Day.
What is National Brush Day?
National Brush Day is celebrated every year on the 1st of November. Also known as Brush Your Teeth Day, this day is a great reminder to care for our dental health. But how do we celebrate National Brush Day? Here’s what you can do to honor the day and what it stands for:
- Book a dental cleaning appointment with your dentist. Thorough check-ups and cleaning of your teeth and gum are essential to maintain oral health. Getting an appointment during this time may be difficult due to the new year crowd. However, you can always pre-book your appointment for a thorough dental cleaning.
- Sugar is the biggest enemy of dental and gum hygiene—Honor National Brush Day by creating an effective plan for reducing sugar intake. Replace sugary drinks with 100% fruit-based drinks. Stop eating sugary snacks, and look for teeth-friendly ingredients. Managing sugar cravings is challenging since everything around us is teeming with sugar. You must have a systematic plan to overcome sugar addiction.
- Basic oral care hygiene is crucial for everyone. Remember to brush and floss your teeth twice a day, every day.
- Pay attention to small oral health issues. When left untreated, minor dental problems can turn into severe health conditions.
Managing sugar intake during the festive season is challenging, especially for kids. Halloween, for example, is a sugary feast for kids. However, the problem isn’t a single night of candy bingeing. The leftover candies continue to increase sugar intake for kids.
For this National Brush Day, make sure you have a plan to deal with sugary treats. The end of Halloween marks the beginning of the festive season, with Christmas and New Year around the corner. This is also the time when we knowingly or unknowingly consume a lot of sugar.
Here are some strategies to manage sugar consumption during the festive season:
- Donate leftover candies
- Consider non-food options for celebrations, like picnics, movie nights, amusement parks, etc.
- Go for sugar-free candies if completely avoiding them is not possible
- Only buy a little candy at a time. Buying in small batches will help you control consumption
- Try healthy versions of traditional desserts that incorporate sugar alternatives
Following these tips, you can effectively manage sugar consumption for yourself and your family this festive season.
Since it’s National Brush Day, we must first know how to use a brush properly. Here are a few quick tips on that:
- Always floss before brushing your teeth
- Use a soft-bristled brush
- Use your brush at a 45° angle
- Brush both the inner and outer sides of your teeth
- Brush the top of your back teeth
- Use a circular motion while brushing to get a deep cleanse
- Rinse with mouthwash after brushing your teeth
- Please don’t keep your toothbrush near the toilet since the brush can catch free-flowing bacteria from the air around it
- Don’t share toothbrushes with anyone. It’s the easiest way of catching a contagious disease.
Technology has made everything more accessible, including brushing. Electric toothbrushes are significantly more effective than regular toothbrushes for cleaning leftover food particles.
Massaging your gums and cleaning your tongue are two things you must do for long-term dental health.
We at Torbram Dental hope you have a happy and healthy National Brush Day. Take this day to remind yourself and those around you of the importance of dental health.
November 6, 2022
An introduction to holistic dentistry
Holistic dentistry is a branch of traditional medicine that traces the relationship between oral health and overall physical and mental well-being. There are various approaches to holistic dentistry, like traditional Chinese medicine, ayurvedic treatments, acupuncture, essential oil therapy, and so on.
Traditional Chinese medicine is particularly concerned with holistic dentistry. Chinese meridian charts are used for acupuncture, but they can also trace the relationship between each tooth and our overall health.
Let’s find out more about the Chinese meridian chart and how it can improve your oral health.
Traditional Chinese medicine, like conventional medicine systems from other cultures, believes in holistic well-being and interconnectedness of the mind and the body. For example, the concept of qi (or chi) is based on the idea that vital life energy flows through our bodies. This energy is called qi/chi, and it’s necessary to maintain health.
However, there can be blockages in the flow of qi/chi. Whenever there’s a blockage, our bodies become weak and sick. Traditional Chinese medicine aims to ensure the free flow of qi/chi. This life energy flows through ‘channels’ in our bodies, and these channels are called meridians.
Traditional Chinese medicine describes 12 primary meridians and many minor meridians. Teeth fall under the minor meridians category. A tooth meridian chart illustrates the relationship between our teeth and different parts of the body.
For example, the third molars on the lower and upper jaw are associated with the heart. At the same time, the premolars on the lower jaw connect to the stomach. Your liver is related to your canine teeth. Similarly, each tooth has a corresponding organ that it affects.
Teeth and your health
Many of us are already aware of the effect of oral health on our entire body. It’s primarily because everything we eat goes inside our body through our mouth. Like other organs, our teeth and gums are teeming with good and bad bacteria—the likelihood of having harmful bacteria increases if you don’t brush and floss daily. Imbalances in saliva flow can also cause diseases.
Some of the most common diseases associated with oral health are Endocarditis, Pneumonia, and heart attacks. Though the relationship between cardiovascular diseases and oral health is not fully understood, some sources claim that oral inflammatory bacteria can clog arteries.
Poor oral health is also connected to oral cancer, as documented in this 2018 study. While the leading causes of oral cancer are tobacco and alcohol consumption, poor oral health increases the likelihood of cancer.
Specific oral health conditions are also linked to dementia and cognitive impairment. According to a study, tooth extraction, edentulousness, dental cavities, and gingivitis increase the risk of dementia and cognitive impairment.
Holistic well-being is only possible with special attention to oral health. Both modern medicine and traditional medicine systems highlight the importance of oral health. Routine dental cleaning with a dentist is the easiest solution to a range of oral health problems. At the same time, at-home care with brushing and flossing is the foundation of good oral health.
October 1, 2022
How do you feel when you receive a smile from someone? Probably good, right? The truth is that smiling has an effect on how we feel about ourselves, as well as how others perceive us. It can significantly improve our health over time. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, smiling may even help prevent heart disease, boost mental health, and lower stress levels. It’s no wonder that people who visit the dentist regularly are happier and more confident! Here’s more information on how a great smile can improve your overall health.
The Importance of Smiling
A great smile can have a profound effect on your mental health and overall health. Patients who are more at ease with their smile will likely be happier about coming in for appointments, less likely to reschedule, and show higher levels of compliance with dental hygiene habits. For those looking for a smile enhancement, let’s take a look at the importance of smiling.
- The act of smiling, or seeing someone with a great smile, has been shown to reduce stress levels, increase patience and improve interpersonal skills. It also improves your mood! When you’re happy and relaxed, keeping healthy habits like brushing and flossing that protect teeth and gums from oral disease is easier.
- Did you know that smiling boosts the immune system and releases endorphins, which are natural painkillers? Grinning encourages dental hygiene habits, such as brushing, teeth cleaning, and flossing. Plus, veneers can help improve your teeth and smile quickly. Now you know a great smile can make you feel better mentally and physically!
- Smiling has been shown to reduce blood pressure and boost your mood. Plus, smiling can give you confidence when going out in public. Whether you have good dental hygiene or are looking for something more cosmetic, it’s essential to maintain a beautiful smile!
- It has been said and a known fact that smiling is the most powerful form of self-expression. All it takes is a little smile to get everyone around you smiling too!
- In a professional setting, smiling is an essential part of how you present yourself to others. Nobody feels secure doing business with someone who doesn’t smile – everyone deserves a little joy now and then!
- There is an interesting correlation between smiling and having a more positive attitude. Positive thoughts can trigger hormones like serotonin, endorphins, and dopamine.
How to Improve your Smile
- Teeth Whitening Kits – Opalescence tooth whitening kits are made to whiten teeth in a non-invasive way. The Opalescence kit comes with everything you need to whiten your teeth, including trays and whitening gel.
- Before using the kit, it is recommended to first brush your teeth and floss them to remove any food particles or bacteria.
- Dispense a small drop of whitening product into each tooth space on whitening trays. Avoid getting gel on the gums; if this occurs, please use a cotton swab to wipe away excess product to minimize irritation of the gums.
- Opalescence tooth whitening systems are to be worn overnight for best results. However, suppose you are not comfortable wearing them overnight. In that case, opalescence tooth whitening systems could also be worn for 2-4 hours twice a day.
- Dental Bonding: An effective procedure to improve your smile by correcting imperfections such as chips, cracks, gaps, or discolouration. A dentist will use dental bonding to cover the surfaces of teeth with a composite resin material. Dental bonding does not weaken teeth because it’s put on the outside, whereas fillings must be drilled into them.
- Dental Check-ups – Maintaining proper oral hygiene is essential because it can prevent more severe oral health conditions. Visiting your dentist regularly and undergoing procedures like veneers or brushing and flossing your teeth are simple ways to improve your smile’s appearance.
- Cosmetic Dentistry – Cosmetic dentistry is an effective way to re-freshen a smile that has lost its sheen and shape over the years. It can also help fix any injury that has occurred to restore a smile to its original beauty. Cosmetic dentistry uses state-of-the-art medical science to help restructure and contour your teeth while enhancing your smile.
Let’s Celebrate World Smile Day
World Smile Day is celebrated on October 1st, and it is time to get the smile of your dreams. After all, the oral health habits you develop now will have an impact on your smile for the rest of your life. You can celebrate this day in all kinds of fun ways, such as:
- Performing a random act of kindness
- Use a smile emoji on every text you send
- See a stand-up comedy show
- Watch a funny movie
- Tell someone a funny joke
- Make a “Happy Songs” playlist & share it with friends
Now that you’re well-informed about the power of a smile & its relation to dental hygiene & your overall health – it is time to go out & celebrate it! Contact Ashraf Dentistry and book an appointment today!
September 19, 2022
For complete oral care, only brushing your teeth is not enough. One should be aware of the appropriate technique for brushing teeth, how long and how frequently to brush, the kind of toothbrushes to use, the importance of flossing, and finally, when to visit your dentist. Here’s a list of common tooth brushing mistakes one should avoid.
- Brushing once a day: Brushing only once a day cannot prevent plaque and bacteria build-up. Therefore, can cause bad breath, cavities, and gum disease.
- Brushing too hard: Most people believe brushing hard in rapid motion can help clean better. But doing this can damage the enamel layer, causing hypersensitivity, and can form ditches called cervical abrasions. Therefore, it can cause your gums to recede and cause bleeding.
- Using hard bristled brush: The way you brush is what keeps your teeth clean. Hard bristled brushes can erode the enamel, causing hypersensitivity, and can damage your gums.
- Not changing your brushes every 3-4 months/after an infection: Flared bristles indicate overused brushes and should be changed immediately. They don’t clean properly and can damage gums. You must keep your brush in a clean, dry place and can disinfect it once a week.
- No flossing: Flossing cleans the hard-to-reach interdental areas of teeth. This makes up at least 30% of the entire tooth surface area.
- Not reaching every surface of each tooth: If a tooth is left unbrushed on a continual basis, the plaque and bacteria build up to cause oral diseases.
- Forgetting to brush the back of the teeth: The back of your teeth are not usually visible and contain a lot of plaque. Using an electric toothbrush with a long neck will help you reach the back of your teeth and eliminate unwanted bacteria. In addition, visiting the dentist for a dental cleaning will ensure no tooth gets left behind in the cleaning process.
- Forgetting about tongue and gums: Your tongue and gums are equally important for good oral health. Ignoring your tongue and gums can result in oral infections. A tongue cleaner is a fantastic tool to keep on the bathroom counter alongside other oral care tools.
Your Tooth Brushing Routine
You will need :
- Tongue cleaner
Types of brushes: Manual/ electric
Manual brushes are the standard plastic/bamboo-handled brushes that are used most extensively. They may have hard, medium, or soft bristles. Electric brushes are the ones that are battery-powered or can be charged and have a rotating and vibrating head that helps to clean tooth surfaces and help clean hard-to-reach places.
Toothpaste for adults must be fluoridated. Fluoride helps make a protective covering over our teeth to prevent caries. Kids require a pea-sized amount of paste for brushing. Children under three years should not be given fluoridated toothpaste.
How to brush correctly?
It would be best if you ideally changed your toothbrush every 3-4 months or after recuperating from an infection.
Steps to brush your teeth correctly
- Wet your brush and apply a pea-sized amount of paste to the brush.
- Start with one corner of your mouth and clean the tooth surfaces in circular motions. Clean the gum line at a 45-degree angle.
- Move your brush in a back-and-forth motion over the occlusal surfaces.
- Clean along the inside edges of all the teeth as well. Hold your brush straight and flip it to clean the inside surfaces of the front and backside of your teeth.
- Clean the tongue thoroughly. You can do this with your brush or with a tongue-cleaning tool. Most handheld toothbrushes have raised lines on the back to assist with tongue cleaning.
- Floss all interdental areas.
- Rinse with plain water or mouthwash.
- This process should take at least 2-3minutes from start to finish.
How to Floss?
- Break 1-1.5feet /12-18inches of dental floss.
- Wound it tightly between the thumb and index fingers of both hands.
- Place floss between two teeth.
- Curve it into a C shape at the top of the gum to mould the base of the tooth.
- Move up and down to remove build-ups.
- Repeat with all teeth.
When in doubt, ask your dentist
As a thumb rule, most adults require a professional dental cleaning twice a year. People who smoke are required to do this more frequently. It is advised to see your dentist every six months, even if you don’t have any oral issues, to maintain optimum oral health.
Professional dental cleaning involves detailed cleaning of all your teeth using an ultrasonic machine known as a dental scaler. The machine tip vibrates to loosen particles from your teeth. This may include tartar, plaque, and calculus, along with stains. This may take 20-50 minutes, depending on the level of cleaning required. The ultrasonic scaling is followed by polishing tooth surfaces to make them smooth.
It is recommended to talk to your dental health provider about/ family dentist about:
- How frequently should you get dental cleaning done?
- Which products do you need to use besides your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss? This is important when you wear dental braces or other intraoral appliances and spacers.
- Whether you may need a mouth astringent to help your gums.
- If you need betadine or saline gargles
- If you need to mouthwash regularly.
- How to manage halitosis/ bad breath if you suffer from it despite brushing well.
- What are the side effects of using mouthwash daily (staining in solid chlorhexidine cases)?
- Side effects of frequent dental cleaning, if any.
- Ask your dentist to learn how to clean your teeth after tooth removal or oral surgery.
- Other alternatives to conventional toothpaste and toothbrushes
- How to educate other family members on oral health.
Contact Torbram Dental and book your dental cleaning today!
September 5, 2022
Nowadays, more and more people are incorporating natural products such as essential oils into their everyday life. These products are becoming increasingly popular not just because of their powerful benefits for overall health but also for how safe they are. Essential oils are primarily used as soothing agents for pain and anxiety. In dentistry, essential oils are gradually being used owing to their antibacterial, antioxidant, and antifungal properties.
However, before elaborating on essential oil use in dentistry, first, let us look at what these oils are and how to use them in a safe way.
Properties of an essential oil
There are more than a hundred types of essential oils, and each has its unique properties and benefits. Their use in traditional medicine systems goes back by almost 5,000 years. Interestingly, their use has only increased with time, and they continue to gain popularity among the masses.
What is an essential oil?
Several plants are known to have therapeutic properties. They have phytochemicals and other structural components that benefit their growth and enhance human health and well-being. Essential oils are nothing but concentrated extracts from the roots, bark, leaves, or rinds of these plants. There are several ways of doing it. The most common method is simple distillation. It involves boiling water with the parts of the plant and allowing it to condense in a collection vessel.
Another method is steam distillation, where high-pressure steam is passed through biomass so that the steam releases volatile and non-volatile essential oil compounds.
Cold pressing is another common method. The biomass is pricked or scraped before pressing and rinsing the oil with water. The oil is then separated from water for use.
How is essential oil different from flavor extracts?
Though often used interchangeably, there is a considerable difference between flavor extracts and essential oils. While extracts are mainly used for their fragrance in perfumes and cooking, essential oils have medicinal properties. They are primarily used in aromatherapy and medical settings.
Traditional uses of essential oil
Essential oils have been used across cultures for centuries. Their earliest adopters included countries such as Egypt, France, China, India, and Greece. Traditionally, essential oils are used for disinfection, personal care, improving immunity, and more.
Why are people shifting to natural products for oral care?
With more and more people moving toward clean and sustainable living, essential oils have emerged to be a popular choice. They are safe when used correctly. This makes them perfect for long-term use. Essential oils have no additives that make them harmful to humans.
Though they are safe, you must never start using them without consulting your doctor. For instance, if you want to use oil for toothache or any other dental problem, talk to your dentist first.
Essential oils and oral health
There has been an increasing interest with incorporating essential oils in dentistry. This is mainly because of their antibacterial, antioxidant, and antifungal properties. According to the Journal of Oral Health, essential oils are used for the following processes.
- Oils such as tea tree oil are widely used for dental cleaningand plaque removal. They keep the teeth free from cavities and stains for a longer time. They also promote teeth cleaningby preventingbiofilm formation on the teeth.
- Essential oils like lavender impact mood by stimulating parasympathetic activity in your autonomic nervous system. This helps control dental phobia by calming the mind and reducing anxiety when administered just 15 minutes before your appointment.
- Toothpaste made with peppermint essential oil keeps your breath fresh and prevents gingivitis because of its antibacterial properties.
- Clove oil has strong antibiotic properties and acts as a painkiller. It is often used to cure toothaches. It also helps remove bacteria settled in deep gum pockets and reduces the risk of gum diseases.
- Cinnamon oil prevents fungal infections in the mouth.
- Eucalyptus oil is often used to strengthen gums and fight gum diseases and gingivitis.
- Rosemary oil is a natural disinfectant, removes cavity-causing bacteria, and heals sporadic toothaches.
Although many essential oils are found to be suitable for a thorough dental cleaning and other purposes, they should still be used carefully. Here are some precautions when using essential oils:
- Never ingest essential oils. It may cause irritation and burns and may even lead to toxicity. If you ingest it by mistake, immediately spit it out and gargle.
- Never start using essential oils without talking to your doctor. Or, use it under the advice and supervision of a professional who has experience dealing with these oils. They are best used in skin care products or diffused unless your dentist advises a few treatments.
- Essential oils like tea tree oil are an excellent disinfectant for your toothbrush. All you need to do is combine 8-10 drops of the oil with a full glass of water. Let your toothbrush soak for 10-15 minutes.
- Never use concentrated essential oils directly. Always dilute them before using them.
The Bottom Line
When used correctly and under the supervision or guidance of a holistic practitioner, dentist, or health professional, essential oils can be an investment in your oral health. As a powerful alternative medicine, they are generally safe (unless there are allergies or other medical issues, which is why it is recommended to consult a professional before using). However, they are not meant to be a replacement for the course of treatment advised by your doctor.
August 28, 2022
Oral hygiene plays a significant role in your overall health. Most people don’t realize the part of good oral hygiene and its impact on the body. Gum disease is a considerable risk factor and can lead to serious health issues like diabetes and heart problems. During the early stages of childhood, parents teach children the importance of teeth cleaning and brushing regularly. It is also essential to see a dentist regularly and get dental cleaning done so that you can maintain good health. That said, wondering which brush to choose? Here is a look at manual brushing vs. electric toothbrushes.
The choice of a toothbrush is very personal. With a handheld toothbrush, you brush longer and pay attention to brushing patterns. The advantages of a manual toothbrush are:
· Cheap and easy to find
· Choice of heads, styles, and bristle strength
· Easy portability
· No need for power cords or batteries
· Easy to replace
Some disadvantages to a manual toothbrush are:
· Kids find it hard to use, especially when they are learning to brush
· Difficult for people who have disabilities
· No timer
Using electric toothbrushes
Between a manual toothbrush and an electric, the electric toothbrush has a slight edge. It is easier for children to use. They can later learn how to use a manual toothbrush as they get older. It is also a good option for people with specific disabilities. In both cases, dentists recommend that users get soft-bristled brushes. Medium and stiff bristles can cause gum damage and even damage tooth enamel if misused. Advantages of using an electric toothbrush are:
· Easy to use for those who have braces
· No dexterity issues for children or the elderly, or even those with disabilities
· Availability of moving heads, rotation, and other movements
· Encourages brushing
· Easy to carry
Disadvantages of owning and using an electric toothbrush are:
· Expensive to buy
· Easily damaged
· Need batteries or must be charged regularly
Which is better?
If you are trying to decide to switch from a manual to an electric toothbrush, know that both are good. One is not better than the other. There are some things to consider in either case.
· Make sure to get a size that fits in your mouth easily. The head of the brush should help you access the surface of every tooth easily and have a good handle.
· Consider bristle variety as well. Since there are soft, medium, and stiff bristles, you should ask your dentist to recommend which to buy. Soft-bristled brushes are the best choice. These will not damage your teeth or gums if you brush vigorously.
· Pick a brush that the ADA has approved. This indicates that both manual and electric brushes have been tested rigorously.
The above tips hold true for manual and electric toothbrushes during the buying process. When in doubt, ask your dentist to recommend a brush. Dentists usually hand out sample brushes and floss to patients at every appointment. They also recommend the correct brushing method so that patients don’t develop dental problems.
Regardless of which toothbrush you choose to use, ensure you brush your teeth regularly and floss as well. Both types are effective at teeth cleaning and maintaining good oral hygiene. Make sure you see your dentist regularly for a checkup and dental cleaning. Doing so will help you have good, strong teeth and stay healthy.
August 21, 2022
On the occasion of the National Tooth Fairy Day, celebrated annually on August 22nd, let us discuss when and what to expect in your child’s teeth development.
Losing our baby teeth is a rite of passage that we, as humans, experience as we grow older. This famous milestone can be confusing, amusing, or even terrifying for children.
As a parent, ensuring that the child associates losing baby teeth as a positive experience is essential. This is especially crucial for the first one as it can determine how the child deals with losing the rest of them in the next few years.
Without considering the remote possibility that you remember your “de-toothing” experience in detail, here is a guide to help you learn about it:
- Growing and losing baby teeth
- Best practices for your child’s proper oral hygiene
- Ideas to celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day
Growing and losing baby teeth
Babies are born with twenty teeth which start to come out approximately when they turn 6 months old. This is called teething, known as primary teeth/baby teeth/milk teeth. This process continues until the child reaches age 3.
When the child reaches the age of 6, they begin to lose these baby teeth as and when the permanent tooth is ready to erupt. This can continue until they replace all their baby teeth, usually by age 12. Wisdom teeth often appear between the ages of 17-21. At the end of their teenage years, children typically have a complete set of 32 permanent teeth.
It is important to remember that children lose and grow teeth on their own timelines. You can always consult a dentist if you feel your child has missed a dental milestone.
Oral hygiene practices differ depending on the age of the child. As a parent, it is essential to understand and teach your children good oral hygiene practices for better dental health. Some children may require supervision. Here is a list of best practices to follow for each age group:
Babies are at risk for tooth decay from the moment the first tooth appears, so parents must be proactive in ensuring your baby’s dental hygiene.
Regularly cleaning your baby’s gums can help safeguard the yet-to-erupt tooth. This can be done by wiping the gums with a clean, damp cloth/ infant toothbrush.
Remember, babies’ teeth cleaning should start from the moment the first tooth appears.
If the baby has started teething, the gums could be a little sore. Using a couple-minute-frozen washcloth can soothe their gums.
Schedule a dental visit around the child’s first birthday.
Parents should assist the toddler with brushing to ensure good oral hygiene and promote dental habits.
It is best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head. Apply no more than a rice-sized amount of toothpaste and brush the teeth at a 45-degree angle.
Gently brush the teeth in a circular motion for a good two minutes. Use a non-fluoride toothpaste unless the child has learned to spit it out.
If your child has two teeth touching each other, you should floss them daily.
Children up to age 10
Parents can buy fluoride toothpaste once the child is old enough to spit it out.
Please switch to a soft, child-sized toothbrush and ensure the child brushes their teeth twice daily.
Teach your child to floss their teeth twice a day for good oral health.
Parents should supervise their children while brushing, typically up to the age of 7-8.
Routinely check your child’s teeth for cavities, discoloration, or any abnormalities.
Schedule regular dentist visits to catch any early symptoms of dental issues.
Ideas to celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day
- Switch out monetary compensation for a fun treat such as stickers, a new fun toothbrush, toothpaste, small trinkets, etc.
- Just as Santa Claus expects good behavior, the tooth fairy expects excellent oral hygiene. This is a great way to teach young children the importance of healthy teeth and oral hygiene. This is a fantastic time to begin a morning and nighttime routine that they can manage for their age group.
- Eliminate dental anxiety. Many young children fear going to the dentist for many reasons. They may have overheard someone else’s experience or watched movies that depict a dental visit as a scary experience. Use the tooth fairy concept to teach children the importance of healthy teeth, and visiting the dentist is part of the process. Some parents have even encouraged positive imagination by telling their young ones that the dentist is very good friends with the tooth fairy.
- Tooth fairy activity sheets, coloring books, or an arts and crafts project are a few examples to celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day.
- Leave a note! Your child can practice writing and reading skills by writing a sweet letter for the tooth fairy.
It may be a little overwhelming to deal with your child’s teeth development as a parent or caregiver. However, it is essential to be aware of best practices to help your child maintain good dental hygiene and oral practices early on.
On this National Tooth Fairy Day, let us pledge to help our children learn, understand and adopt good dental habits for maximum oral health and hygiene.
Torbram Dental has leading experts in children’s dentistry. The staff at Torbram Dental will be more than happy to share more information on oral hygiene for young ones. At Torbram Dental, we offer fluoride treatments and dental sealants for extra cavity protection. Love what you read? For additional tips on pacifiers and thumb sucking, visit our blog!
August 7, 2022
There are many at-home remedies for oral care circulating on the internet. Social media has an influence as well. These kitchen ingredients seem like a safe method for teeth cleaning. Yet, they are not recommended and can potentially cause more harm than good.
This article highlights the most commonly claimed at-home alternatives to oral hygiene and teeth whitening. It also shares these items’ disadvantages, negative impact, or ineffectiveness.
Avoid these kitchen ingredients
Lemon juice is highly acidic and can be used as a bleaching agent.
It contains citric acid that rubs off the teeth stains. Hence, it is an essential ingredient in dental cleaning.
Due to its acidic properties, it erodes the outer layer of the teeth called enamel and exposes the inner layer, i.e., the dentin. This causes sensitivity.
The PH level of lemon juice is less than four. This has proven to have a negative on your overall dental health.
Banana peels and strawberries
Claims: Brushing your teeth with strawberry mash or banana peels whitens the teeth.
Cons: Strawberries are acidic in nature. Using strawberries on your teeth causes enamel erosion.
It also contains malic acid, the content of which increases as the fruit ripes. Too much malic acid leads to tooth decay.
Banana peels contain sugar and starch that causes the tooth to produce acid and lead to a foul tooth.
Baking soda as a toothpaste
Baking soda is an effective teeth cleaning agent.
Also, baking soda has antibacterial properties to encourage good tooth health.
It also prevents plaque build-up.
Cons: Frequently brushing teeth with baking soda can damage the enamel. It can further cause tooth sensitivity and cavity.
Baking soda does not control plaque build-up.
Cinnamon is used to relieve tooth pain by fighting infections.
Too much of this spice causes yellowing of the teeth. It also irritates the gums.
Honey maintains the mouth’s pH level. It also has antibacterial properties.
Honey has too much sugar content. In the long run, it leads to tooth decay.
Other household items you should not clean your teeth with
Washcloth or Paper towel
The surface of the washcloth or paper towel is abrasive enough to scrub off the dirt from the teeth.
You can use them on the go to pull stuck food from your teeth.
The texture damages the tooth surface and causes sensitivity. They are not effective and harbor bacteria on the teeth.
A towel will be hard to reach if you have a small chunk of food stuck between the inner corners of your teeth.
Diluting around 3% hydrogen peroxide to swish your mouth can cause teeth whitening.
If consumed, hydrogen peroxide can be toxic. It damages the oesophagus and inner cells of the throat.
Sewing thread to floss between your teeth
Flossing teeth with sewing thread can remove stuck food particles.
The sewing thread is hard on the gums. It puts pressure on the gums and causes injuries to their soft tissues.
They might also break and get trapped between thin gaps of teeth, making them hard to remove.
Which kitchen ingredients you can use
Detergent foods: as a snack (example: celery, apple, carrots, etc.)
While chewing these foods, they scrub off your teeth of harmful bacteria. They also maintain the PH balance of your mouth to neutral, i.e., 7.
These foods stick to your teeth, causing decay.
Salt – salt water as an oral rinse
Saltwater regenerates tissues and heals tooth wounds.
If used daily, saltwater disturbs the mouth ph level. It also softens the teeth’ enamel, increasing the high risk of sensitivity.
Baking soda: as an oral rinse
Baking soda heals mouth ulcers and inflammation.
Accidentally swallowing baking soda causes diarrhea. Consuming too much can have adverse effects such as kidney failure and dehydration.
Oil pulling removes bad breath and prevents tooth cavities. It also heals damaged gums.
Swallowing this oil can disturb the stomach, leading to diarrhea.
Always ask your dentist what household items are safe in the event you run out of toothpaste or haven’t had a chance to replace your toothbrush. However, these items are not meant to replace toothbrushes or professional dental cleanings. Lastly, remember that dental trends on social media should be taken lightly and more for entertainment purposes.
July 24, 2022
All of us receive reminder calls from the dentist’s office for check-ups. However, it is the responsibility of each patient to show up for their appointment. We understand that there may be cases where the thought of sitting in a dental office may cause anxiety, but it is vital to get it done. Routine check-ups and teeth cleaning keeps our mouths and bodies healthy. It also saves money over time. Consider this – regular check-ups and dental cleaning prevent diseases like gingivitis and other conditions which impact your overall health. It is much easier to address problems at the start than dealing with root canals and implants later on.
What to expect during a check-up
Your oral health and general health have a married relationship. The first step a dentist takes is to update and review your medical history. Routine X-rays are taken as needed to check for any issues. These days, oral cancer screenings are part of every check-up. This condition is quite common. However, the good news is that the survival rates are high with early detection.
Gum disease is classified as the number one cause of tooth loss and is closely linked to other health concerns. For example, gum disease may increase the risk for Alzheimer’s and heart problems. A regular check-up includes an annual gum exam, after which treatment recommendations are made. As part of the check-up, existing dental work is also examined to see if any work is needed other than teeth cleaning. Based on the exam, you will be told about the necessary procedures. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the required process. Then we’ll let you know what we found and answer any questions you may have.
The process of a dental cleaning
The dental cleaningprocess is straightforward. Special tools are used with care to remove plaque, tartar, and calculus from around your teeth. If sedation is needed, it is offered to patients. Once all deposits are removed from your teeth, a polish is used to make your teeth and mouth feel clean and fresh. At every visit, you get tips on how to keep your teeth clean until your next visit. Patient comfort is a top priority – so don’t hesitate to talk to your dentist freely before a procedure.
Four types of dental cleaning
If you are at the dentist and need specific treatments, here is a look at some procedures you may have to undergo.
- Gross debridement is a procedure in which built-up tartar and plaque are removed around and between the teeth and gums. Such a buildup causes the gums to inflame and needs to be done before the dentist can complete an exam and recommend further procedures.
- Periodontal maintenance refers to thorough teethcleaning. This is essential to stop gingivitis and other conditions. This procedure is done when the gums are inflamed.
- Prophylaxis cleaning is almost the same as periodontal maintenance. This procedure is routine, and it is key to stopping oral health issues from becoming severe.
- Scaling and root planing is a dental cleaning procedure that is done below the gum line. It is mainly performed to treat gum disease. Root planing is done to ensure that the tooth root is smoothed and the gum is reattached to the tooth. This may need more than one visit to the dentist to fix the issue.
How to maintain oral health with regular check-ups
Maintaining good oral health is an everyday activity. A few simple things listed below will help in keeping you healthy for a long time.
1. Cut down on soda and sugary drinks
2. Invest in good equipment like toothbrushes, floss, and hygiene products like mouthwash. There are plenty of choices. Dentists recommend flossing regularly to cut down on plaque buildup.
3. Use the correct brushing technique. If you need some assistance, your dentist will show you how to clean your teeth thoroughly and offer insight on which products are best for your oral hygiene routine.
4. Snack on foods that will keep the body and mouth healthy, like carrots, cucumbers, pears, and lettuce. These yummy treats are also called detergent foods, cleverly named as they clean the mouth and teeth when eaten.
5. Keep your dental appointments on schedule. Don’t skip any just because you are anxious.
6. Stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water. Water plays a crucial role in oral health as well.
It may seem like a lot to deal with – however, maintaining good oral health with regular check-ups and cleanings will save you a lot of time and trouble. See your dentist on schedule for good health.