Take Care of Your Dental Health with Good Oral Hygiene Information in Edina, MN
Throughout your life, you will have two sets of teeth: primary (baby) teeth and secondary (permanent) teeth. At age 6-8 months, the primary teeth appear; all 20 are in place by age 3. We like to recommend scheduling a child’s first dental visit between the ages of two and three.
Permanent teeth will begin to grow around age 6, and except for the wisdom teeth, are all present between ages 12 and 14. The next teeth to grow in are the 12 year molars and finally the wisdom teeth beginning about age 17. The total number of permanent teeth is 32, though few people have room for all 32. This is why wisdom teeth are usually removed.
Your permanent teeth are the ones you keep for life, so it is vital that they are brushed and flossed regularly and that periodic check-ups are scheduled with your dentist. Eat a well- balanced diet and avoid smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco products.
Practicing good oral hygiene is the key to maintaining good overall health. Bacterial inflammation involved in gum disease has been linked to chronic health problems like stroke, coronary artery disease, and premature, low birth-weight babies. Our doctors and hygienists take great care to identify and treat gum disease early to keep you and your mouth healthy.
There are a number of things you can do to help protect your smile and your overall health. Visiting your dentist regularly, twice a year, allows us to thoroughly clean your teeth and recognize any potential problems (i.e. cavities, gingivitis, gum disease, oral cancer, etc.) early before they become more serious. Dental exams give us insight on whether the patient is getting proper nutrition, maintaining a proper oral hygiene regimen and where there are any growth or development problems.
Parents are responsible for introducing children to good dental hygiene and oral care from an early age. Early treatment prevents problems affecting a child’s health, well-being, self-image, and overall achievement. We like to see children for their first visit between the ages of two and three, if only for a “Happy Visit” with a ride in the chair and to have their teeth counted.
Early Dental Care
Thoroughly clean your infant’s gums after feeding with a water-soaked infant cloth. This stimulates the gum tissue and removes food. For your baby’s erupted teeth, gently brush them with a small soft-bristled toothbrush. The primary teeth play a crucial role in dental development. Without them, a child cannot chew food properly and has difficulty speaking clearly. Primary teeth are vital to development of the jaws and for guiding the permanent teeth into place. Ask you hygienist or dentist about the best time for your child’s first office visit and ways that you can help protect their teeth.
Brushing & Flossing
The best way to ensure a clean and healthy smile is brushing and flossing. Food particles can accumulate on teeth and eventually turn into plaque. The bacteria that results from this accumulation can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and even loss of teeth.
Use a toothbrush with soft bristle and move the brush in small circular motions. Brush up on the lower teeth and down on the upper teeth. It will take you several minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth.
Floss between your teeth every day. Flossing stimulates the gum tissue keeping it healthy and it removes food particles and plaque that your toothbrush can’t reach between your teeth
The term “periodontal” means “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Gum disease or periodontal disease can cause inflammation, tooth loss and bone damage. When gums become red, swollen or bleed easily this is an indication of active disease. When you visit your hygienist she will evaluate your gums and check for gum recession or pocket formation and recommend any treatment as well as a home care regimen for you. Brushing and flossing is the best way to avoid periodontal problems.