- Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
- Floss Daily
- Avoid or minimize the frequency that you consume sugar, sports drinks, soda and other acidic beverages.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year.
- Change your toothbrush every three months.
Merry Christmas! A FREE printable letter to Santa just for you! Enjoy a fun holiday activity you can do with your children. This download includes versions, one that says: “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth and:”… and another version that does not (just in case they DO have their two front teeth). Simply download and print!
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Help remind your little ones to brush their teeth twice a day with these FREE bathroom art prints. These can be posted in your bathroom and help remind them to brush!
The printable comes in two color options, red and blue.
Where did toothbrushes and toothpaste come from?
The first toothbrushes were small sticks or twigs mashed at one end to create a broader cleaning surface. The Chinese lay claim to the first bristle toothbrush. Europe adopted the bristle brush in the 17th century, and many dentists practicing in colonial America advised their patients to use the brush. The first electric toothbrush was marketed in 1880, though the Swiss developed the first effective electric toothbrush just after World War II. It was introduced in the United States around 1960. A year later, the first cordless model was developed and proved to be popular with both consumers and dentists.
Toothpaste also saw its earliest form in ancient civilizations. Early toothpaste ingredients included powdered fruit, burnt or ground shells, talc, honey and dried flowers. Less agreeable ingredients included mice, rabbit heads, lizard livers and urine. Despite the decidedly non-minty flavor of early toothpaste, various recipes continued to appear throughout ancient history and well into the Middle Ages. Unfortunately, many of these toothpastes contained corrosive elements that dissolved tooth enamel.
Toothpaste as we know it emerged in the 1800s, with ingredients that included soap and chalk. In 1892, the first collapsible tube was marketed and reigned supreme until 1984, when the pump dispenser was introduced. In 1956, Proctor & Gamble introduced Crest brand toothpaste with fluoride.
To learn more about the history of dental advances click HERE.
Orofacial pain includes a number of clinical problems involving the chewing (masticatory) muscles or temporomandibular joint. Problems can include temporomandibular joint discomfort; muscle spasms in the head, neck and jaw; migraines, cluster or frequent headaches; or pain with the teeth, face or jaw.
You swallow approximately 2,000 times per day, which causes the upper and lower teeth to come together and push against the skull. People who have an unstable bite, missing teeth or poorly aligned teeth can have trouble because the muscles work harder to bring the teeth together, causing strain. Pain also can be caused by clenching or grinding teeth, trauma to the head and neck or poor ergonomics.
Some people may experience pain in the ears, eyes, sinuses, cheeks or side of the head. Others experience painful clicking when moving the jaw or even locking if the jaw is opened or closed.
If you are experiencing any of these types of pain, Dr Jessica and Dr Stevenson are happy to help. Please call for an appointment today.
Help motivate your little ones to brush their teeth twice a day by using a fun toothbrushing chart. These charts can be posted next to the sink and help remind them to brush twice a day! We recommend laminating these cards and using dry erase markers to mark off each day that way you can use them over and over again.
To learn more about how to overcome your dental anxiety click here.
To read the full article & learn more about caring for your dentures click HERE.
What Causes Enamel Erosion?
-Excessive soft drink consumption (high levels of phosphoric and citric acids)
– Fruit drinks (some acids in fruit drinks are more erosive than battery acid)
– Dry mouth or low salivary flow (xerostomia)
– Diet high in sugar and starches
– Acid reflux disease (GERD)
– Gastrointestinal problems
– Medications (aspirin, antihistamines)
– Genetics (inherited conditions)
– Environmental factors (friction, wear and tear, stress, and corrosion)
How Can I Protect My Enamel?
– Cut down on acidic drinks and foods, like sodas, citrus fruits, and juices
– Rinse your mouth with water right after you eat or drink something acidic
– Use a straw for sodas and fruit juices so they bypass the teeth
– Finish a meal with a glass of milk or a piece of cheese (this will cancel out acids)
– Chew sugar-free gum
– Drink more water during the day if you have dry mouth
– Use a soft toothbrush