Free Toothbrush Exchange at Dr.
know that you should replace your toothbrush every three months because:
bristles just simply worn out
lose their effectiveness
can become breeding grounds for germs, fungus and bacteria
can damage gum tissue.
child from age 12 and under can bring in their worn toothbrush to
Dr. Peterson's office and Dr. Dan Peterson will replace it for free
with one brand new toothbrush and a free tube of toothpaste.
When should you replace
|At least every
three months |
begins to show wear |
|After an illness
such as a cold or flu|
toothbrush is 30% more effective at removing plaque
The average American only replaces their toothbrush 1.9 times a
April Is National
Facial Protection Month: Dental Specialists Advise
Kids to Play It Safe
Many sports injuries can be
prevented by wearing the proper protective gear.
That's why three ADA-recognized dental specialties -
advise young athletes to play it safe by wearing
mouth guards and other appropriate protective gear
when participating in many sports and activities.
Mouth guards are one of the
least expensive pieces of protective equipment
available. Over-the-counter versions cost as
little as $5, although custom-fit mouth guards offer
greater protection. Not only do mouth guards save
teeth and protect jaws from breaks, they also may
protect against injuries to the neck and central
nervous system by decreasing the force transmitted
through the jaw to the base of the skull.
However, mouth guards can provide
protection only when they are worn. So parents and
coaches should remind youngsters to always wear them
when participating in any activity during which the
mouth might come into contact with a hard object or
How can kids and other athletes
save face? Just remember these important tips:
|Wear mouth guards for
Mouth guards can help prevent jaw, mouth and
teeth injuries and are less costly than
recovering from the injury. |
|Wear a helmet.
Helmets absorb the energy of an impact. You
don't have to lose your head due to a cycling or
rollerblading mishap. |
|Wear a face shield to
avoid scratched or bruised skin.
Hockey pucks, basketballs, and racquetballs can
do severe damage. |
|Be aware of family
44,000 people suffer facial injuries from dog
bites annually. Supervise children when they're
with pets (including cats and rabbits, too).
|Buckle up and use
child safety seats.
Unbuckled passengers are more likely to suffer a
brain injury in a crash than the buckled driver.
Air bags save lives! |
|Keep babies and
They crawl and climb, so pad sharp corners of
tables, lock cabinets, install stairwell safety
gates, and secure windows. They also teethe, so
hide sharp pencils. |
|Be alert even as a
spectators can avoid foul baseballs and flying
hockey pucks. Watch your step when climbing
|Use common sense.
If an activity carries risk of dental/facial
injury, gear up. Without it, even a basketball
game could land you in the emergency room.|
National Facial Protection Month
is sponsored annually by the American Association of
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (www.aaoms.org),
the American Association of Orthodontists (www.braces.org),
and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (www.aapd.org).
Clean Your Teeth
Add a dental
visit to this year's spring cleaning list. A professional dental
cleaning at least twice a year can improve the state of oral health.
a 'prophy' or
professional dental cleaning is designed to preserve health, and prevent
the spread of disease and gives the dentist an opportunity to locate
other areas in the mouth that may need attention."
strongly recommended dental cleaning every 3-6 months.
What is a
dental cleaning? Diagnostic services may include:
and updating medical history; including heart problems, cancer
treatment, pregnancy, diabetes, joint replacement, medications
taken, surgeries or any other major changes in health history |
pressure check |
cancer examination and screening |
of your gum tissue |
biting, chewing and swallowing patterns |
examination of teeth to detect decay |
to specialists for specific treatment |
services may include:
of plaque and tartar |
of fillings or crowns |
services may include:
brushing and flossing instructions |
for future treatment: when to return for following hygiene
treatment, periodontal concerns, restorative options, etc. |
possible cosmetic enhancements |
self-care effectiveness |
Your Teeth from decay
Fluoride= Healthy Teeth
causes tooth decay?
particles left in our mouth after eating. Bacteria feast on
this food and a byproduct of their feasting is ACID, which eats a hole
or cavity in the tooth's surface.
foods cause cavities?
high in sugar, starch and carbohydrates are very problematic because
these foods provide high energy source for bacterial to feed on.
Also, sticky foods adhere to tooth surfaces offering long lasting food
supply for bacteria. Increased intake of poor food choices
increases the chances for tooth decay.
2-3 x day for 2-4 minutes
water with fluoride
that contain less sugar and drink water with the snack
brush? Rinse with water and/or carry a travel
gum with xylitol when you are unable to brush
water throughout the day
the amount of food that contain
and eat them with meals not snacks
your dentist 2 times a year for exams.
"So-called detergent foods" like carrots, apples and raw
Before bed, rub toothpaste containing fluoride along the gum line
and leave it to soak into the gum line while sleeping to ensure teeth
get the fluoride they need.
DentalNotes, pg 2 Winder 2002
AGD Impact pg 21, Fact Sheet Jan 2003, .
As we age
there are dental conditions that need to be identified in order to keep
our natural teeth, three of these conditions are:
caused by medications can significantly reduce saliva flow. Saliva
is needed to neutralize bacterial acids thus a dry mouth can increase
our risk toward cavity formation.
More susceptible to cavities
at the roots of teeth due to receding gums.
disease, a bacterial infection that is the leading cause
of tooth loss and can significantly increase your risk of heart disease,
stroke, respiratory illness and osteoporosis.
dentist plays a crucial role in diagnosing and prevention
of these conditions through comprehensive and routine dental
exams to identify conditions BEFORE they become major
problems and key expenses.
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March 26, 2008