With all the hustle and bustle of the school year looming on the horizon, it’s a great time to set last-minute dental checkups and refresh your family’s knowledge of good oral care. Remind kids to brush for a full two minutes with a special tooth-brushing song (check youtube for some good recommendations) or set a timer in the bathroom. It’s also a great time to pick up new toothbrushes for the whole family- dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every three months or so. Boost your kids’ dental health by packing healthy snacks like crunchy fruits and veggies in their lunchboxes.
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to clean, and they are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease.
- Overbite – sometimes called “buck teeth” where the upper front teeth lie too far forward (stick out) over the lower teeth. Underbite a “bulldog” appearance where the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth too far back.
- Crossbite when the upper teeth do not come down slightly in front of the lower teeth when biting together normally.
- Open bite space between the biting surfaces of the front and/or side teeth when the back teeth bite together.
- Misplaced midline when the center of your upper front teeth does not line up with the center of your lower front teeth.
- Spacing gaps, or spaces, between the teeth as a result of missing teeth or teeth that do not “fill up” the mouth.
- Crowding when there are too many teeth for the dental ridge to accommodate.
Orthodontics can give a aesthetic appearance hence in order to present the occurance all the above mentioned problem and good aesthetic Orthodontics correction is advised.
- 1 Don’t fall for these four dental health myths
Don’t fall for these four dental health myths
There’s more to caring for your mouth than brushing your teeth each day. Are you aware of all of these factors, or have you fallen for some of the myths that circulate? Check your dental health awareness against this list of false claims to be sure you’re on the right track.
Myth 1: It’s not necessary to see a dentist if there’s no pain.
By the time you reach the point of pain, your teeth have already been unhealthy for awhile. Treatment at this point can be extensive and costly. Seeing a dentist regularly increases your chances of catching a problem while it’s still small and easy to fix. You’ll also have the benefit of regular cleanings, which prevent problems from developing in the first place.
Myth 2: If my gums are bleeding, that’s a sign to stop brushing.
What bleeding gums may actually indicate is a build up of plaque or food particles lodged in the gum line. Keeping up with regular brushing and flossing may alleviate this issue over time. Just be sure to use a brush with soft bristles and scrub gently. If the bleeding persists, you should see your dentist for a better cleaning and to rule out another cause.
Myth 3: The more sugar you eat, the more cavities you’ll get.
There’s no doubt that sugar contributes to tooth decay, but it’s not primarily about how much you eat. What plays a large role is how long the sugar remains on the surface of your teeth. Let’s say you don’t eat any sweets or candy, but sip soda throughout the day. Constantly exposing your teeth to the sugar in that drink sets you up for erosion and damage. Limit exposure by consuming sugar with other items during a meal and drinking a glass of water afterwards. You can also brush your teeth 30 minutes after eating to remove any leftover sugar.
Myth 4: As long as I drink diet soda, I don’t have to worry about tooth decay.
The reason sugar damages teeth and causes cavities is because it breaks down into acids. In other words, anything acidic can harm your teeth. Even though diet soda doesn’t contain sugar, the acids are still there. Choose water instead to keep your enamel strong. Once it’s gone, it can’t be replaced.