|chillin in the chair-the dentist gives you "protective eyewear" to avoid splashes to the eyes|
We also have a few other contenders to deal with. We have always let the girls take drinks with them to bed...and now it has bitten me (pardon the pun) in the butt. Due to those late night juice/milk cuppies we are actually going back to get some more work done next week where there is already enamel erosion on her top front teeth. I am hoping that she does just as well with this and she did with the initial exam and cleaning. She has also been sleeping poorly and that is probably because her lower two year molars are starting to break through...she likes to WAIT like her mother and is just now getting those two years molars in. Still no sign of the uppers. :) We will also at some point have to address the little bit of skin that attaches the upper lip that is too long, but (thankfully) no rush there.
|showing off her freshly polished choppers|
For the kiddos (courtesy of the CDC):
- Encourage your children to eat regular nutritious meals and avoid frequent between-meal snacking.
- Protect your child's teeth with fluoride.
- Drink fluoridated water and use a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride's protection
against tooth decay works at all ages.
- Take care of your teeth and gums. Thorough tooth brushing and flossing to
reduce dental plaque can prevent gingivitis—the mildest form of gum
- Avoid tobacco. In addition to the general health risks posed by tobacco,
smokers have 4 times the risk of developing gum disease compared to non-smokers.
Tobacco use in any form—cigarette, pipes, and smokeless (spit) tobacco—increases
the risk for gum disease, oral and throat cancers, and oral fungal infection
(candidiasis). Spit tobacco containing sugar increases the risk of tooth decay.
Additional information is available at http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/publications/CDNR/.
- Limit alcohol. Heavy use of alcohol is also a risk factor for oral and
throat cancers. When used alone, alcohol and tobacco are risk factors for oral
cancers, but when used in combination the effects of alcohol and tobacco are
- Eat wisely. Adults should avoid snacks full of sugars and starches. Limit
the number of snacks eaten throughout the day. The recommended five-a-day
helping of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables stimulates salivary flow to aid
remineralization of tooth surfaces with early stages of tooth decay.
- Visit the dentist regularly. Check-ups can detect early signs of oral health
problems and can lead to treatments that will prevent further damage, and in
some cases, reverse the problem. Professional tooth cleaning (prophylaxis) also
is important for preventing oral problems, especially when self-care is
- Diabetic patients should work to maintain control of their disease. This
will help prevent the complications of diabetes, including an increased risk of
- If medications produce a dry mouth, ask your doctor if there are other drugs
that can be substituted. If dry mouth cannot be avoided, drink plenty of water,
chew sugarless gum, and avoid tobacco and alcohol.
- Have an oral health check-up before beginning cancer treatment. Radiation to the head or neck and/or chemotherapy may cause problems for your teeth and gums. Treating existing oral health problems before cancer therapy may help prevent or limit oral complications or tissue damage.
Remember to brush and floss daily!!