Dental Health Tips

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As an experienced Dentist working in a general practice for forty years, I’ve always placed my patient’s welfare and dental concerns first and foremost.

I believe that every individual young or old, has the right to be examined,diagnosed and treated by a licensing Dentist. You as a dental patient have the right to be examined and treated in a safe, healthy environment by the Dentist of your choosing.

You have the right to receive prompt emergency service whether you can pay for that service or not. You have the right to be informed of the treatments you may require and the cost associated with those treatments.

These treatments proposed should be explained in laymen’s terms and followed by any alternative options. A competent, caring, dentist will provide you with an explanation as to why a certain treatment has been recommended.

There are usually both advantages and disadvantages to the possible treatments suggested. Every patient has the right to receive dental treatment to the accepted standards of the Dental Profession.

Each and every patient has the right to an avenue in which to file a complaint against a dentist.

All dentists have the responsibility and obligation to report to his or her licensing review body any unprofessional conduct or failure to provide treatment in accordance with currently accepted professional standards.

That said, dentists have the responsibility and obligation to their colleagues as well. In the best interest of the general public, dentists are encouraged to consult and communicate with each other regarding previous treatments that have been rendered

A healthy smile is a good indication of a happy child! Here are some children’s oral health tips that if adhered too, will help prevent any child from suffering the unnecessary embarrassment and pain of tooth decay. Start early! When that first tooth erupts, approximately at 6 months of age, clean the tooth with a damp cloth. As more teeth erupt into place, use a very soft child’s tooth brush. Placing the tooth brush in hot tap water will make the brush bristles even softer.

I would like to discuss the “Baby Bottle Tooth decay syndrome”. Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when a baby’s teeth come into frequent contact with sugars from liquid carbohydrates such as fruit juices, milk, formula, sugar water or any other sweet drink substitute. Even human breast milk can cause tooth decay as well.

As these liquids break down into simple sugars in the oral cavity, the bacteria in the mouth break down these sugars into acids that subsequently cause tooth decay. If untreated, decayed teeth cause pain, are unsightly, and make eating and chewing difficult. Why would any responsible parent want to contribute to their infant child’s poor oral health status.? If baby teeth are damaged and lost prematurely, they will not be present to help guide the later developing permanent teeth into place. YES! Baby teeth will be replaced later on however they MUST be kept healthy to compliment the baby’s overall general health and well being!

Naturally the baby may not like you cleaning their teeth with a face cloth or anything else, but you must do it. Even if you only spend a few moments at it. When a child is around two years of age, all of their 20 baby teeth should be present. You may want to start using a little toothpaste at this time. Most young children at this age may not let you do this procedure. They may just want to do it themselves. Let them try it. We know they will not be able to a thorough or adequate job but teaching them to do so is much more important than the final results. Hopefully, they will eventually co-operate and let you help them brush their teeth.

One way to give them the idea is to brush your teeth first in front of them. Tell them why you brush your teeth and ask them if you can show them and help them brush their teeth. If you get too much resistance, you have to take charge. You are the “Boss”. I’m not saying you have to be aggressive, but you must be assertive and determined.

When you begin using a tooth paste,make sure it has fluoride in it. Children at an early age have a tendency to swallow the tooth paste so be sure not to give them too much. A small pea sized portion of tooth paste is adequate. Fluoride is very important in fighting tooth decay. Have the child spit out the toothpaste and then follow with a mouth-rinse of water. I don’t believe a child is capable of brushing their teeth properly, until they have the dexterity to tie their own shoes. The same goes for flossing of the teeth as well if not more so.

That said, there brushing techniques should be supervised until they are nine or ten years old and beyond. You can serve as a good role model by practicing good oral health care habits and schedule regular dental visits for checkups and cleaning appointments when necessary.

You know I’ve been telling you how to look after your children’s teeth to prevent costly tooth decay but the best way to prevent tooth decay, is to prevent your child from consuming too much sugar in any shape or form. We know all children love candy in any way they can get it. Eating the candy may not be an issue if they have good home care brushing and flossing habits. But because most children do not have these good habits at an early age, you must reduce the amount of sugar they consume in their daily diet.

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