Ready to eliminate your Child’s Thumb or Finger Habit
Remember those first days when your sweet babe found their thumb, out came the camera to document this monumental event. Three or four years down the road now you are ready to take that final photo and get rid of that habit for good.
First let’s look at why now is the time to end your child’s thumb or finger(s) habit.
When not to try and eliminate your child’s sucking habit.
Ready set go!
Do you have a preference? I know I sure do, a question people often wonder but don't often ask is whether one is better than the other.
The answer is yes, for people 4 and up a power toothbrush is a great idea. From age 4 to 7 the power brush should be operated by the child's caregiver.
From the time the first tooth has erupted till age 3 to 4 a manual toothbrush is best, make sure you select one with a small head and soft bristles. This is my favorite http://www.oralb.com/en-CA/products/oral-b-stage-1-disney-baby-pooh-toothbrush/ for ages first tooth till 24 months. Then follow up with the stage 2 brush by oral B then right into the child's first power toothbrush.
To be effective with a manual toothbrush you need to be highly motivated, have good dexterity and great technique. Other things to consider it to be sure you are selecting a small or compact head with soft or ultra soft bristles. Be mindful that you are not scrubbing or putting to much pressure on your brush. The area most often not brushed well with manual brushing is along the gum line of your lower teeth on the inside.
With power toothbrushes I strongly recommend both Braun Oral B and Sonicare. There are often great debates among dental hygienist regarding which of these brushes are superior but in my opinion they are both excellent selections. When looking at the Braun Oral B toothbrush only select the one with a small ROUND head the other styles just add bulk and have no benefit. The power toothbrush will do all the work for you and have many more stokes per minute than you would ever get with a manual toothbrush in 2 to 3 minutes. Place the brush on the tooth along the gum line and slowly move brush around the mouth letting it do all the work.
Good options to look for are a timer and a brush with a pressure sensor. If you have a history of gum recession a power toothbrush will decrease your chances of the recession progressing.
When taking children to the dentist or if you are an adult with your first or new power toothbrush it is a good idea to take it along to your dental hygiene visit to ensure you are using it properly. Many times when I have children show me how they use a power toothbrush over 80% are not using it properly. I believe in power toothbrushes so much that all children 4 and above (one per family) will receive a power toothbrush at their first appointment at the office. Better yet they will know just how to use it before they leave.
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Have you ever woken up with your tongue stuck to the roof of your mouth? If you have you'll be sad to hear that on top of the horrible feeling you have it is also very damaging to your gums and teeth.
Having a dry mouth puts you at a much higher risk of new decay, gum disease and halitosis! When you don't have as much saliva in your mouth you are no longer able to wash away the bacteria that builds up on your teeth, gums and tongue. This bacteria will then accumulate faster that someone with more saliva, therefore increasing your changes of new decay, gum disease and halitosis.
Dry mouths are commonly caused by many medications, radiation therapy, Sjogren's syndrome, and mouth breathing (can be causes by large tonsils or blocked nasal passages),
TREATING DRY MOUTH
1. Suck on sugar free mints or gum, even better use sugar free gum and mints with xylitol.
2. Sip on water through out the day and keep a glass on your night stand over night.
3. Avoid alcohol based mouth rinses and alcohol in general.
4. Avoid caffeine
5. Don't smoke.
6. Ask your pharmacist about saliva substitutes..
7. Use Biotene products. (toothpastes, mouthwashes, and mouth sprays)
8. Ask pharmacist if they carry Xylimelts this is a great product that my clients rave about that adhere to the inside of your cheek and help tremendously with night time dry mouth issues. Many of my clients use them during the day.
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Gum disease is being linked to many diseases like heart disease and diabetes, allow me to work alongside of you to keep your smile healthy.
So you have decided you’re ready to make some changes to you. Steps to consider when you’re ready to make this big step.
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