Posts for: May, 2012
Do whitening toothpastes really work.? Well, yes and no. They have properties that have whitening bleach in the toothpaste. However, as little time as it takes to brush your teeth, the bleach is not on the teeth long enough to improve tooth color. Your best bet is to use whitening strips or whitening gel. In-office whitening, under a dental professional’s supervision, is the most effective way to bleach your teeth.
Our babies' teeth begin to break through the gums at about 6 months of age. Usually, the first two teeth to erupt are the bottom front teeth. Next, the top four front teeth emerge. After that, other teeth slowly begin to fill in, usually in pairs -- one each side of the upper or lower jaw -- until all 20 teeth have come in by the time the child is 2 ½ to 3 years old. The complete set of primary teeth is in the mouth from the age of 2 ½ to 3 years of age to 6 to 7 years of age. The best time to bring your child to the dentist is around 3 years of age. Begin teaching them to brush when the first teeth erupt. Even if the baby only plays with the toothbrush in their mouth, it gets them used to a routine of brushing two to three times a day. And remember…do not use toothpaste until the child is older because you don’t want them to "eat" the toothpaste.
Decay occurs when plaque, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, combines with the sugars and/or starches of the foods that we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel. The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Eating healthy foods and avoiding snacks and drinks that are high in sugar are also ways to prevent decay.
A wedge of cheese is great with a slice of warm apple pie…and that same piece of cheese can help to fight off the harmful acids that thrive in your mouth when you consume sugars and simple starches. Additionally, research has suggested that eating that piece of cheese may help your tooth enamel form a protective shield, making it resistant to the corrosive effects of decay-causing acids.