14How to Prevent Dental Problems from Occurring? Brushing teeth twice a day, everydayFlossing at least once a day, everydayUse a mouthwash once a day, everydayHealthy diet: Avoid sugary substances, pop, and frequent snackingRegular 6 month check ups with a dentist/dental hygienist
16FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE Most contain Fluoride in varying concentration The higher the content, the better at preventing plaque accumulationDark side of high content is tooth staining
17TARTAR-CONTROL TOOTHPASTE Active Ingr: SodiumPyrophosphateSuccessfully reduces tartar buildup between regular 6 month checkupsMay give a false sense of securityMay mask signs of gum diseaseLongterm use may cause sensitivity
18SENSITIVITY TOOTHPASTE Active Ingr: Potassium Nitrate or Strontium Chloride (ADA accepted)Improvement noticed after 4-6 wksUse only for 2-3 months
19WHITENING TOOTHPASTE They DON’T work! Just removes surface stains! All toothpastes contain abrasives that do that!Absolutely no effect on color of teeth
20PRESCIPTION TOOTHPASTE Prevident 5000 plusFluoridex 5000 ppmRenew (5000ppm + NovaMin for sensitivity) It is very new.These are for people with highcaries rate.
21OTHER TOOTHPASTES“Triclosan”, for treating and preventing gingivitis – Colgate TotalNatural toothpastes, May contain Vit C, which increases level of acidity in mouthMost natural toothpastes are missing Fluoride except tom’s and maines natural toothpaste.Baking soda toothpaste, has no effect on periodontitis, if you like the taste and that improve compliance then Go ahead and use it!Look for the ADA seal of acceptance.
22MOUTHWASHES Does not replace brushing & flossing Should be part of the daily regimenKinds of MouthwashesFluoridated MouthwashesAntiseptic MouthwashesAnti-microbial mouthwashesChlorhexidine Mouthwash
23FLUORIDATED MOUTHWASH Reduce caries/tooth decayADA recommends for kids over 6 yrs oldSwish a minute and spit, don’t rinse after.Don’t eat or drink for 30 mins afterwardsHas the ADA seal of acceptance
24ANTISEPTIC MOUTHWASH Most common OTC mouthwash May contain high content of AlcoholCan reduce plaque & gingivitisCan mask bad breath for mins
25ANTIMICROBIAL MOUTHWASH Most commonly prescribed is Chlorhexidine mouthrinseCan reduce the number of bacteria in the mouthUsually for people diagnosed with periodontitis.Used for short period of timeHas side effects if used long termRequest an alcohol-free one.
26MOUTHWASH FOR DRY MOUTH Some people might experience xerostomia (dry mouth)Biotene mouthwash used once a day to keep a good salivary flow
27TOOTHBRUSHES Soft, rounded, nylon bristles Small head is generally betterSize and color of handle is personal preferencePower brushes are nice!Have a timerAre more thorough
28FLOSS Floss Daily Start at same spot and move clockwise Used to reduce plaque between teethC-ShapeKinds of flossWaxedUnwaxedIt doesn’t matter, JUST FLOSS!
29Other “Gadgets” Interdental Brushes To clean large spaces between teethVery effectiveWater pikShoots water with pressure to get food out from teethGreat for kids with bracesTongue scraperExcellent for cleaning the tongueToothpickDO NOT USE
306 Monthly Dental Checkup Very ImportantIdentifies problem areas before they turn into “problems”Yearly X-raysShows early carious areasInfections on teethMissing, impacted teethSealants for kidsIn-office Fluoride treatment
316 Monthly Dental Checkup It sends the right message to the kids that “teeth are important”Keeps them on top of their oral hygieneAnd YES, if baby teeth have cavities, they need to be filled
32SEALANTS Usually 1st & 2nd molars are sealed Protects teeth from getting cavitiesUsually done on kids between ages 6 & 14.It seals the pits and fissures on the chewing surface of the molar
33“On the side” Teeth are for chewing, smiling, NOT for opening bottles, chip bags, cracking nuts OR Chewing on bones