Jul 11, 2008


When my little girl came home with a clean recored for her set of teeth at 7 years, I was ecstatic. I can only hope to encourage her to regularly keep her teeth as long as I can. It is important to keep our teeth clean and free of gum disease and keep plaque at bay.

What is plaque.
Plaque is a film that is caused by Bacteria that adhere to our teeth. It will deteriote the enamel part on the teeth if we do not brush our teeth properly. When it does that, cavity in our teeth will be the result. That is why most kids who do not brush their teeth often ends up having cavities in their teeth especially the molars which are also more difficult to reach. Other than brushing, flossing the teeth is also important because those areas that the toothbrush can't reach, the floss can.

To make sure your teeth are well taken care of, visit the dentist for proper cleaning at least once every 6 months. Fluoride tooth paste will also help to strengthen the tooth. A fluoride gargle is also recommended.

Avoid carbonated drinks because the sugar in the drink will stay in the most hidden part of your teeth and promote plaque, thus cavities. If you drink them, make sure you brush your teeth as soon as you have finished. Some people have the habit of drinking water or gargling water after a cup of coffee, carbonated water or dessert which is good.

If you are unable to brush, chewing on sugarless gum helps a little. But it is not to be a substitute for tooth brushing.

Visiting the dentist will ensure that small cavities are being cleaned out and patched before further damage.

Happy Brushing!

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