Oral Health – Tips for better teeth and gums

As a student dentist and health enthusiasts it has been interesting to see how much these two areas overlap. The oral cavity is an area of health that can sometimes be over looked.

Teeth have a huge amount of functions. The primarily masticate (chew) your food so that you can swallow and start to digest the things that you eat. The food choices you make have a monumental impact on your health. If you can’t masticate the food you consume them you can’t eat the right things to impact on your health. So, we HAVE to look after them. 

Here are the guidelines on keeping them healthy from the widely accessible document ‘Delivering Better Oral Heath’:

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Children 0-3 years:

  1. As soon as teeth erupt brush twice a day.
  2. Once last thing at night and one other time of the day.
  3. Parent supervisor is needed.
  4. Use fluoridated toothpaste at least 1000ppm (parts per million). 
  5. Use only a smear of toothpaste.
  6. Reduce sugar intake to maximum of 4 times daily with meals.
  7. Ask for sugar free medicine when required.

Children 3-6 years:

  1. Brush twice a day.
  2. Spit out and DO NOT Rinse with water – you wash the fluoride away.
  3. Once last thing at night and one other time of the day.
  4. Parent supervisor is needed.
  5. Use fluoridated toothpaste at least 1000ppm (parts per million). 
  6. Use only a pea size of toothpaste.
  7. Reduce sugar intake to maximum of 4 times daily with meals.
  8. Ask for sugar free medicine when required.

Children 7-young adults:

  1. Brush twice a day.
  2. Spit out and DO NOT Rinse with water – you wash the fluoride away.
  3. Once last thing at night and one other time of the day.
  4. Use fluoridated toothpaste at least 1350 – 1500ppm (parts per million). 
  5. Use only a pea size of toothpaste.
  6. Reduce sugar intake to maximum of 4 times daily with meals.

Adults:

  1. Brush twice a day.
  2. Spit out and DO NOT Rinse with water – you wash the fluoride away.
  3. Once last thing at night and one other time of the day.
  4. Use fluoridated toothpaste at least 1350 – 1500ppm (parts per million). 
  5. Use only a pea size of toothpaste.
  6. Reduce sugar intake to maximum of 4 times daily with meals.
  7. Floss between your teeth once a day. Suggested before brushing last thing at night.

If you use the above as a daily check list you should keep them functional and healthy.

Hope this helps.

Danny

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