A baby’s arrival seems to bring an endless to-do list. There’s the numerous doctor visits, preparing the nursery, and of course those cravings. A mom-to-be may have a lot on her mind, but she has to make sure to remember her oral health. That means learning about proper teeth cleaning when pregnant. After all, you’d want a perfect smile to be one of the first things the newborn baby sees, right?
Pregnancy actually increases the risk of tooth decay, and this occurs for many reasons. Women consume more carbohydrates and brushing their teeth becomes more of challenge due to morning sickness and other issues like bleeding gums. Plan your dental visits throughout the entire pregnancy. Having a healthy mouth decreases the risk of delivering prematurely or having a baby with a low birth weight.
Taking care of your mouth allows you to better focus on the coming arrival of your little one. Brush at least twice a day and don’t forget to floss. Pregnancy is a special experience so you want to maintain your health throughout it.
Taking care of the toothbrush that takes care of your teeth is easier than you think. In the simplest terms, a toothbrush needs to be free of debris and have intact bristles to keep your smile looking its best. According to the ADA, you should replace your existing toothbrush with a new one every three to four months. A toothbrush that looks worn or has broken bristles should always be replaced right away.
Need for Sterilization?
Although you should rinse used toothpaste and debris from your brush after each use, there is no need to sterilize it. In fact, since toothbrushes are sold in boxes that are not hermetically sealed and sit on dusty store shelves for months at a time, they are far from sterile. Moreover, recent research has revealed that much of the bacteria on toothbrushes is harmless to your dental or overall health.
Seniors may face some particular problems not typically seen in younger patients. Special care should be given to senior dental patients as they may be dealing with several circumstances that affect oral health.
Dry mouth is common as since salivary glands produce less saliva as people age. In addition to moisturizing the mouth, saliva also has some anti-microbial properties. Less saliva can mean a greater risk for cavities. Some medical conditions and many medications can cause dryness in the mouth. Dentists can recommend products to help restore and maintain moisture and protect teeth.
Dentists recommend using a toothpaste that contains fluoride to help protect seniors’ teeth from decay. Flossing is as important as ever for seniors to remove particles that cause decay.
Seniors should let their dentist know about any health problems or tooth sensitivity issues they may experience so that they can be adequately addressed by the dental team.
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Gum disease can lead to other major dental problems and should be promptly treated by a dentist. If you believe that you suffer from gum disease, you should be aware of the symptoms and learn about the best treatment options.
Although having symptoms of gum disease does not necessarily mean that you have the condition, you should see your dentist as soon as possible if you notice any abnormalities around your gums or other areas of your mouth. Some of the most common symptoms of gum disease include:
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
- Gums that are swollen or red
- Tenderness or bleeding of the gums
- Pain while chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums or teeth that appear to be longer
During your appointment with the dentist, your teeth and gums will be examined to check for any inflammation. A small ruler known as a probe will be used to painlessly measure the depths of the pockets around the teeth. It is also important to let your dentist know about your medical history and other risk factors (such as smoking) that may increase your risk of developing gum disease.
Bad breath is something that no one wants. There are negative stereotypes about it. It can have terrible social consequences, affecting one’s personal and professional life.
One cause of bad breath may be surprising to some people. The flora in one’s gut must be in balance for the body to be healthy. When the balance is about 85% good bacteria to 15% bad, health is good and breath smells fresh. However, when these numbers shift, things can start to get funky.
Different types of imbalances can result in different types of halitosis. For example, kidney problems can lead to fishy smelling breath. In contrast, diabetes may lead to a sweet, fruity smell.
One way to resolve the imbalance, and get back to smelling fresh, is to re-seed the digestive system. By taking beneficial bacteria, the gut environment can be restored to balance. As this takes place, health can be optimized.
People are whitening their teeth now more than ever before, making it crucial that dentists be able to choose safe whitening products for patients. Luckily, the ADA has released a standard regulating the safety of these products.
Standard No. 136 was developed over a period of years by many collaborators, and approved by the American National Standards Institute. It sets requirements on factors like toxicity, how safe products are for the enamel and soft tissue of the mouth, and active ingredient concentrations, among other things. These factors are all cited by Dr. Clifton Carey, of the ADA Standards Committee and the University of Colorado, as being important to consumer safety.
What this means for consumers is that the ADA and ANSI have created a set of guidelines that ensure the health of natural teeth and soft tissue, while still achieving the dazzling smile we are striving for.
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