A snow-white smile is associated with health, youth, wealth. In olden times, the endurance and strength of a person, his ability to become a worthy successor of the genus was determined by the teeth. If you do not pay proper attention to the oral cavity, you can get sick. And you are unlikely to guess that the cause was caries. A visit to the dentist for prevention is a good annual habit. In many clinics, examination is free.
With children it’s even more difficult because they don’t understand how dangerous it is not to treat teeth in time. The first contact with the dentist is very important. Approach the choice of a dentist responsibly, give preference to a specialist in pediatric dentistry. It is better to distract the child during the examination. It’s good if the clinic has toys or the opportunity to watch a cartoon.
For people with a problem of dentophobia, dentists suggest performing any dental procedures under sedation. This method allows the patient to completely calm down. You can reduce the likelihood of caries in a child by giving him less sweets and sour fruits, berries. But still visit the dentist 2-3 times a year. Let the child’s menu always include dairy products, beans (not for very young children only), eggs and apples.
The importance of a first visit to the dentist
You need to visit a child dentist for the first time as early as 9 months. Just at that moment, the first tooth had already erupted. And quite often you can observe at this age such an unpleasant phenomenon as bottle caries. After the first visit, you can plan a second visit at the age of 2.5 years. Then the dentist is visited every six months, but if you see that the teeth are deteriorating, you need to see a doctor more often. At 4 years old, it is important not to miss occlusion disorders, they are treated much better when there are no permanent teeth.
At 2.5 years old, the child is already clearly aware of what is happening in the chair, so it is important to prepare the baby. Search the Internet for the animated film I Have Clean Teeth. You can’t say phrases like: “They won’t do anything with you. ” The child will cease to trust you. Take your favorite toy to the clinic with you. This will relax and distract the baby. Or grab a warm blanket or blanket with you.
Teeth become more sensitive with age. If you encounter this, then choose a special paste to relieve sensitivity. But do not forget that hyperesthesia (that’s what doctors call it) can be a sign of caries or inflammation of the nerve. If you often have tooth decay, ask your dentist to use sealants for the chewing surface of your teeth. They will close fissures – natural depressions in which plaque accumulates and caries forms more quickly. We recommend making fissure sealing in children with milk teeth.
How to eat to keep your teeth healthy?
When we eat a lot of sweets, plaque forms on the teeth, which leads to the destruction of enamel. Bacteria are the cause of tooth decay. Add more calcium to the menu, do not give up dairy products. In addition to milk, calcium is a lot in sesame, herbs and sardines. Carrots and apples, if you eat them without slicing and biting with your teeth, will be very useful for strengthening the gums.
Teeth do not like:
After treating yourself to sweets, rinse your mouth or brush your teeth. Tip. A soft brush does not fit, just like a coarse brush: the first does not clean, the second scratches the enamel. An ideal medium hard toothbrush. Toothbrush needs to be changed 1 time in 2 months and after each ARVI.
It is useful to accustom yourself 4 times a week to rinse your mouth with decoctions of herbs. They well restore the inflamed areas of the gums. Also, this rinse disinfects the teeth and prevents tooth decay.
Take 1 tbsp. spoonful of sage leaves, chamomile flowers, pharmacy, peppermint and pour 0.5 liters of boiling water in a thermos. After 15 minutes, pour into a jar or mug and let cool to room temperature, strain and rinse your mouth.
To rinse your mouth after eating, to prevent gum disease, rinse your mouth with a solution that resembles seawater in composition. To ordinary warm water (150-200 ml) add ordinary salt (1 tsp), iodine (2-3 drops), and a little baking soda – on the tip of a teaspoon, everyone shakes it – the solution is ready.
You can rinse your mouth with parsley leaves (1 tablespoon per glass of water). They need to pour boiling water and let it brew. Rinse your mouth with olive, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil. They all fight bacteria.
What to do with periodontitis?
Once you noticed that the gums began to bleed, and there was an unpleasant smell from the mouth? This is periodontitis.
Common causes of gum disease:
- poor hygiene;
- taking antidepressants (reduces saliva, teeth and plaque form more quickly).
If you have bleeding gums or gingival pockets, the dentist will advise you to do a professional tooth brushing with ultrasound and prescribe local antibiotics in the form of gels and ointments. If you have diabetes, get a referral to an endocrinologist and monitor your blood sugar.
Do not forget about dental floss
A good helper in cleaning the oral cavity is dental floss. Use the floss as follows: Pull about 50 cm of floss from the cassette. Wrap the end of the thread on the middle finger, leaving a 2.5 cm length free. Start brushing with the upper teeth, then move on to the lower. Swipe up and down several times along the side of the tooth. Clean all the spaces between the teeth.
If you are not sure that you can brush your teeth well, get an electric toothbrush. To prevent toothaches, pay attention to the antibacterial activity of the toothpaste that you use. In addition, use rinsing agents – they will clean the teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach. If you wear braces, use an irrigator and a brush. The irrigator is good in that it has a therapeutic massage effect, preventing gum disease.
And one more thing: do not abuse teeth whitening, it weakens enamel. Paradoxically, the darker the tooth enamel, the stronger. You can do the whitening procedure on the eve of an important event. In most cases, brushing and flossing is enough for every day for the beauty of your teeth.
Be attentive to yourself – gum disease has 70% of the world’s population, and in developed countries there are more people with periodontal diseases. This is because in the diet, for example, the African has more plant foods. The poor ecology of the metropolis weakens the immune system, bacteria in the mouth begin to multiply intensively. Not only sweet, but also too soft food affects the gums. Dental care is just as important as hair, clothing, and shoes.
Watch your pearls, do not bite with your teeth caramel, thread, nuts. Otherwise, even the crown of a perfectly healthy tooth may break.
Do I need to clean my tongue?
Leading Expert Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief, Dentist, Ph.D. Tikhon Akimov, assures that when brushing your teeth you can not forget about the language. It is there that the largest number of bacteria accumulate. Buy a brush that has a special tongue cleaner on the back.
What should I do if I have a fear of dentists?
This condition is familiar to many, in medicine it is called dentophobia. It happens that those suffering from toothache try to treat their teeth with herbs themselves and even fill them. Their fear is panicky, maybe even a loss of consciousness. This is completely different than most people who are only a little worried before dental treatment. Dentophobes cannot control their fear, they even assure that the pain has already passed. If caries is not treated, it can lead to tooth loss.
Causes of Dentophobia:
- low pain threshold;
- negative experience of visiting a dentist in the past.
Need work with a psychologist, especially if there was an unsuccessful visit to the dentist in childhood. It happens that the reason for the fear of dental treatment is shame: a person has too much neglected health and is embarrassed. In women, this is less common, yet we do a lot for the sake of beauty, but there are exceptions to this rule.
If you want to completely get rid of fear yourself, then ask a friend or relative to be present during dental treatment. You are not alone in your problem. About every 6 people are very anxious when visiting a dentist. Yes, this behavior is very difficult to explain logically. However, control of fear does not work. As a result, the heart, throat, and stomach suffer. A sick tooth is a source of chronic infection.
The most serious disorders in the neglected state of the teeth arise from the immune system. Autoimmune reactions may occur. Bring a toothbrush and floss to work with you. If you have braces installed, visit your dental hygienist regularly for professional oral cleaning. It is made by soda, ultrasound, or a combination thereof.