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Dental Sealants Can Help Keep Your Child's Teeth Healthy

Although I love my daughter, I have never loved how sneaky she can be. After she kept coming home from dental checkups with cavities, I told her that candy had to stay out of our house until her checkups improved. Well, she found a loophole in our agreement, and she kept eating candy at friends' houses and at school. I realized I was fighting a losing battle, so I asked her dentist what we could do. He told me that she was a good candidate for a dental sealant that coated her teeth and protected them from decay. I could not believe there was such an easy way to help improve her smile. I had the sealant applied to her molars, and she hasn't had a cavity since! I created this blog to spread the word about how well dental sealants can work to help preserve children's smiles.

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Finding The Best Toothpaste And Toothbrush For Your Dental Hygiene

by Vera Bradley

A toothbrush and toothpaste are your best weapons against tooth decay and gum disease. Like any tool you use, take the time to pick out the most effective for you. You may want to try several before you settle on any one of each. Here are some guidelines for finding the best toothbrush and toothpaste for your teeth.

Selecting a Toothbrush

The next time you visit a dentist at a clinic like Park West Dental, ask them for a recommendation for toothbrushes. Start with that, but keep looking because it must be something that you will continue to use. The more comfortable a toothbrush is, the more likely you will be sticking with your dental hygiene habits. If you try to use a brush with stiffer bristles than you like and a handle that is difficult to hold when wet, you'll find excuses for not brushing your teeth. Here are some tips when researching toothbrushes:

  • Bristles come as soft, medium or hard. If you are a vigorous brusher, hard bristles can actually damage tooth enamel. Step down to the medium or soft bristles.
  • The brush head must fit comfortably in your mouth, especially near the back teeth that are hard to reach.
  • The handle must be comfortable in your hand using a light grip. It must also not slip in your hand when wet.
  • Look for toothbrushes with indicator bristles. These change color to tell you when it's time to change brushes.

Selecting a Toothpaste

Even more expansive than the toothbrush selection is your choice of toothpaste. There are different formulations and one may work better for you than another. Your dentist can give you some suggestions based on the current condition of your teeth and gums. Like toothbrushes, you want to use a product that makes you brush regularly. Something that tastes bad or irritates your gums when you brush is not a good choice. Here are a few ideas to help you navigate through the toothpaste choices:

  • Paste and gels have the same effect on your teeth.
  • Flavor additives, such as cinnamon and mint, have no health benefits but the taste may keep you brushing longer.
  • Avoid products with added sugar to enhance the flavor unless it's very low on the ingredient list. Rinse your mouth out well when using a toothpaste with any amount of sugar in it.
  • If you get cavities easily, look for products that have added fluoride. This will give you a little more protection against tooth decay.
  • If your dentist says that you're prone to getting plaque, look for anti-tartar products. These contain substances that prevent plaque from hardening and becoming tartar.
  • Products that contain whitening agents can irritate your teeth if they are naturally sensitive.
  • Products that contain baking soda will help remove stains when you brush, if your teeth are prone to being stained by various foods.

You'll find a huge selection of toothbrushes and toothpastes when you go shopping. Try several until you find what you like to use everyday. Then just hope that the brand and style you like stick around for a few years.

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