Infant Dental Hygiene Tips

Posted by on May 22, 2018 in Business |

It is always an exciting time for parents when their baby’s first tooth comes out. It’s one of the milestones that parents are anxiously waiting for. It means they are ready to transition to solid food. Some babies feel just fine when their first tooth erupts while others cry a lot and usually needs a lot of pampering and attention to comfort them. For us parents, it is our responsibility to care for our baby’s dental health as early as possible. 

When we take good care of our baby’s dental health, it can save us a lot of money and sleepless nights. It can also influence them to pick up good oral hygiene habits early on and carry it with them as they grow up. Here are Infant Dental Hygiene Tips to help our babies maintain healthy teeth. 

Clean Gums gently after every feeding 

After every feeding, use a clean washcloth or gauze to clean and gently massage your baby’s gums after every feeding. You can also choose to buy a silicon baby toothbrush which you can insert over index finger to clean your baby’s teeth and gums. Make sure that they are wet or damp so as not to hurt their gums. Do this consistently so your baby knows what to expect right after every feeding. Make it a fun routine so your baby always looks forward to it. 

Watch out for what they put in their mouths 

When a baby is teething, they would usually want to bite on something to relieve some of the discomforts they feel in their gums. You can also provide them with teethers which can be refrigerated so they cool and soothe your baby’s gums when they play with it. Make sure that anything they pick up and put in their mouths is clean and safe. A dirty toy in your baby’s mouth can transfer bacteria which can lead to tooth decay. 

Don’t let your baby sleep with a feeding bottle in their mouths 

The milk that stays in the mouth or teeth when your babies are asleep can cause the early onset of tooth decay. Practice the habit of taking the feeding bottle away from them once they are asleep. For mothers who are breastfeeding their infants, remove the baby from your breast once they have fallen asleep. 

Train your babies to drink from cups as soon as their first set of teeth comes out 

When your baby’s first set of teeth comes out, it means they are old enough and ready to be trained to drink from cups. Be patient as your baby tries to learn this new skill, with your help of course. Let them practice this skill by drinking water at first. Then move on to milk as they get more skilled in drinking from cups. 

Visit your Dentist as soon as their first set of teeth comes out. 

Let your dentist take a look at your baby’s mouth after their first set of teeth comes out. They are the best source of advice for caring for your baby’s dental health. It’s also a good way for babies to get accustomed to seeing a dentist. 

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Why Dental Health Check Ups are so Important

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Business |

A regular dental check-up is important to monitor the health of your teeth and gums periodically. It is advised that you have a regular check-up at least every six months or depending on the recommendation of your dentist. 

Check-up has two stages: the dentist will examine your mouth thoroughly and he will perform the cleaning or oral prophylaxis.  

When the dentist examines your mouth, he will be checking for cavities. If he thinks that the cavities are severe, he will use an X-ray to check the affected areas. Then he will look up for plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth. Plaque is the clear, sticky film full of bacteria. A hardened plaque develops into tartar.  

Tartar cannot be removed by brushing and flossing. If the plaque and tartar is left on the teeth over time, they can cause oral diseases. The dentist will remove it using his tools. This is called scaling.  

Aside from the teeth, the dentist will also check the gums. He uses a special tool to measure the depth of the spaces between your teeth and gums. A normal space between teeth and gums is a sign of healthy teeth. When the spaces become deeper, it indicates that something is wrong.  He will probe the cause of it and well recommend medications or procedures to correct it. 

The dentist will also check at your tongue, throat, face, head and neck.  He will look for any signs of problems, which include cancer. 

After scaling, the next step is polishing. The dentist will apply a thin coat of paste all over your teeth. This helps in removing the stains in the teeth surface. The last step in cleaning your teeth is flossing. Flossing will make sure that the areas between your teeth are clean. 

Visiting your Ontario CA dental office at least twice a year is not an alternate to a good dental hygiene. You still need to practice dental habits that will keep your teeth and gums healthy every day.  This includes brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles that can clean the hard to reach areas of the teeth, including the spaces in between teeth and the back. Use toothpaste with fluoride. 

Use the back of the toothbrush to remove the bacteria build up in the surface of the tongue. Gargle mouthwash at least once a day. This will help control the bacteria build up inside the mouth. It will also help in keeping your breath fresh. Don’t forget to floss at least once a day.  

 

 

 

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How to Prevent Dry Socket after Tooth Extraction

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Business |

How to Prevent Dry Socket after Tooth Extraction

Dry socket happens when the tooth extraction site did not develop a blood clot or it dissolves even before the wound has healed. Blood clot formation is important because it protects the underlying bones and the nerve endings exposed after the tooth is extracted. The condition worsens when food debris fills up the exposed area.  

The primary symptom is a stinging pain in the area of tooth extraction. The pain usually exhibits one to three days after the dental procedure. Over the counter medication may not be enough to stop the pain. If the pain is unbearable, you need to go back to your dentist. If the dry socket is left untreated, it can develop into serious complications such as infection in the socket which can further develop into a chronic bone infection (osteomyelitis). 

To prevent dry socket after the surgery, you need to follow your dentist’s advice on what you need to do to take care of the wound. There are proper home care instructions that help promote healing of the wound. Here are some of them: 

  1. Avoid doing strenuous activities after the surgery. Take a rest for the first few days. The number of days you need to rest depends on how complicated your tooth extraction was. Ask your dentist when it is safe for you to do physical activities such as sports and exercises.
  2. Take pain relievers as instructed by your dentist. Normally, you will also need to put cold or hot compress outside of your face to reduce the pain and swelling. Follow your surgeon’s advice on the frequency and the correct way of applying cold or hot pack on your face.
  3. Drink lots of fluid. A cold water is preferred, not sodas, tea or coffee. Hot drinks are not recommended. Drink water directly from the glass or cup, not from a straw. Sipping a liquid from a straw creates a pressure to the affected area which can dislodge the blood clot in the socket.
  4. Eat soft foods for the first few days. Porridge and mashed fruits and vegetables are a great source of nutrition for people nursing a gum wound. Avoid very hot foods. Avoid chewing on the part that has undergone surgery.
  5. A salt solution composed of ½tsp of salt dissolved in 8 ounces of water is a good mouthwash for the first few days. Use it to wash your mouth several times for the first 24 hours. You can also brush your teeth, tongue, and gums as long as you will be careful not to touch the extraction site. 

If you will follow these instructions, it is not likely that you will develop a dry socket. But if it still happens, consult your dentist right away.   

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Dental Careers Explained

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Business |

Dental Careers Explained

Once a student graduates with a degree in dental education, it opens for him several professional opportunities.  Aside from establishing his own dental clinic, he can also choose to work in the hospital, in a laboratory research company, teach future dentist or work for global NGO’s that campaigns for oral health around the world.

Today’s Ontario dentists are equipped with relevant training regarding the operation of modern dental equipment. They are introduced to the use of laser and computer-assisted diagnosis, making dental practice a challenging and rewarding career.  Some of the perks of being a dentist include helping other people achieve better oral health, a better quality of life and appearance. A career in dental practice is a work-life balance, you can still find a lot of time for your personal life.

A dentist is a person who achieved a degree in either Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). He is the person who evaluates, diagnoses, and treats (nonsurgical or surgical) diseases, abnormalities, or bad conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area, and all other related structures and their effects on the human body. To become a general dentist, one must hold either DMD or DSD degree from a recognized dental school. He needs to finish three or more years of undergraduate course plus another four years in dental school.

Each state sets its own specific regulations regarding the responsibilities of dental hygienists so it’s safe to say that the duties of a hygienist depend on what state he is in.  His job may include screening patients to determine the conditions of their oral health, review their health history, head and neck inspection,  taking blood pressure and pulse, putting sealants and fluorides to the teeth, removing plaque, etc.

Dental Laboratory Technicians is the person in charge of creating dental prosthetics with the help sophisticated instruments and materials.  They are an integral part of a dental team although they don’t work directly with the patients, except as directed by a licensed dentists.  They work closely with the dentist and follow diligently the written structures in creating impressions (molds) of the patient’s teeth or oral soft tissues.

A Dental Assistant performs different tasks including taking and developing dental x-rays, sterilizing equipment, and taking impressions of patient’s teeth. A Dental Assistant’s efficiency impacts the patient’s overall experience in a dental clinic.  A Dental Assistant functions as the patient’s service coordinator.

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Creating a PSA For Dental Hygiene

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Business |

 

Videos can be used to release public service announcement regarding your dental practices. It is the fastest and the most engaging online medium. It easily catches attention and makes disseminating information faster and easy to recall. It also builds trust and emotional connection to the viewers.

In a recent survey, it showed that 71% of consumers were looking for health information online. A huge portion of these consumers are looking for dental videos, from the dentist’s profile to live dental procedures.

If you will look at videos in YouTube about dental procedures, you will be amazed by the number of viewers.  A video about salivary stone removal, for instance, hits 2 million views.

Viewers are interested to know how a dental procedure is being done before they try it for themselves. They also want to know what to expect after the procedure. That’s why creating a video showing the procedure and its effect to their oral health is very effective.

Here are simple ways on what kind of video you can make for your dental practice:

Introductory Videos: These are simple to make yet the effect is powerful to promote your practice. It lets the prospects know who you are and what you do, as well as introducing your staff and the facilities. This kind of video targets the emotions of the viewers and makes them trust the service that you provide.

Practice introduction lets a viewer understand how a procedure is being done before going to your office. Practice introduction video should be friendly and should not include gruesome images that scare off people.

On the other hand, you can also make a video introducing yourself. A dentist introduction is a great way to make the patients feel comfortable under your care. A well-produced dentist introduction includes your competencies and your affiliations to well-respected medical groups.

Before and after treatment videos. People are curious how their smile will look like after the procedure. People tend to believe after seeing a proof of the result. This video needs you to highlight the appearance before the treatment and how it looks like after while explaining how the procedure helps in making the difference.

Patient testimonials. A positive testimonial from your satisfied patients will help lessen the fears of people afraid of the dentist. Select your patients to make testimonial based on demographics and conditions treated. Ask them about their experiences on the procedure, the dentist, the staff, and the results.

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