Some Great Dental Tips from Dr. Caminschi:
• We often forget that our oral health serves as a true reflection for the rest of our general health. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy supports a healthy body and keeps you feeling great and in shape!
• Make sure you take extra good care of your baby teeth. Although they may one day fall out, they are very important in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt. They are the first step in preventing bigger problems from developing later on!
• Toothbrushes can carry on them many bacteria that may carry various diseases. Try changing your toothbrush every 2-3 months and replace it after recovering from a cold or a sore throat.
• Cheese and milk contains calcium, which is important for strengthening teeth. Eating cheese and drinking milk can prevent dental cavities from forming because it reduces the amount of harmful acid in the mouth.
• Eating a balanced diet while limiting your intake of sugary foods and drinks helps prevent the white sticky substance (plaque) from feeding on the sugars produced by foods. The plaque turns the sugars into an acid that, if not removed, will dissolve the hard outer layer of the tooth (enamel).
• Chewing a piece of gum containing Xylitol, a natural sweetener made from birch trees can prevent caries. In the presences of Xylitol, bacteria can’t stick to teeth which may work to reduce tooth decay and improve dental health.
Dr. Caminschi answers some of your FAQs:
1. Q: What age do baby teeth start falling out?
A. Baby teeth begin to fall out around 6 years of age. Most children lose their last baby teeth by the age of 13.
2. Q: How many times a day should I brush my teeth, when and for how long?
A. Brushing should be done 2 times a day- after eating breakfast and at night before bed. Extra brushing during the day is highly recommended, especially after eating sticky and sugary foods. Try brushing your teeth for at least 2-3 mins.
3. Q: Why should you have regular check-ups at the dentist?
A. To help keep your teeth healthy and prevent any possible problems that may arise.
4. Q: Why should I floss my teeth?
A. Dental floss helps to remove everything your toothbrush can not reach. Flossing your teeth also helps your gums stay healthy and prevents them from becoming sore, puffy, and red.