By following the dental instruments information in this guide, you and your family can have healthy teeth and gums to last a lifetime. As a parent, you can work with your children to help them understand why good oral care is important and show them how to do it right!
Four Steps to a Bright Smile
Brush at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, especially after eating breakfast and before bedtime.
Floss every day.
Limit the number of times you eat snacks each day.
Visit your dentist regularly.
Its easy to guide your family toward good oral health. All it takes is the right information and a little practice to keep them moving in the right direction!
In this section, learn about:
Snacking and tooth decay
The dental checkup
Preventing early childhood cavities
How to brush
Fluoride your familys best defense
Fluoride is the best cavity fighter you can find as you guide your family to a lifetime of bright smiles! It keeps the whole familys teeth strong no matter what their ages.
How fluoride works
Every day, the enamel on teeth is attacked by acids produced in dental plaque. These acids can make teeth weaker, and can result in decay.
Thats where fluoride comes in. When it reaches your teeth, fluoride is absorbed into the enamel. It helps to repair the enamel and prevent tooth decay. It can even help stop the decay process.
How to get fluoride
You can get the benefits of fluoride from different places. It can work from the outside of your teeth, and from the inside of your body. To work the best, you need to get it both ways! At home, you and your family should brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, especially after eating breakfast and before bedtime.
Snacking and tooth decay
If fluoride is our greatest protection against decay, then frequent snacking can be our teeths biggest enemy. Every day, you and your family face snacking challenges. Heres what you need to know:
Its how often you snack that matters
The truth is that what your family eats isnt as important as when and how often they snack! It all has to do with the plaque reaction, and this is how it works:
The plaque reaction
Everyone has plaque bacteria in their mouths. But when these plaque bacteria meet up with the sugars and starches that are found in snacks such as cookies, candies, dried fruits, soft drinks or even pretzels or potato chips, the plaque reacts to create acid, and a plaque attack occurs.
The fact is, most snacks that you eat contain either sugars or starches that give plaque this opportunity to make acid. And each plaque attack can last for up to 20 minutes after you have finished your snack. During this period, the plaque acid is attacking tooth enamel, making it weak. Thats when dental equipment can start!