Tooth Brushing Tips & Games For Kids

Explaining dental hygiene to kids can be challenging! Try some of these fun games and techniques.

8 ideas to get them motivated!

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1. STORY TIME

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Sometimes kids need a reason or a good story to get them motivated! Talk about how the ‘sugar bugs’ make holes in our teeth if we don’t brush them away!

2. SING SONG

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Ask your kids to sing a song or hum the alphabet with you while they’re brushing their teeth. Your dentist can provide egg timers to ensure they brush for 2 mins!

3. RUNAWAY TRAIN

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Encourage your kids to brush in a ‘gentle’ circular motion – round and round instead of scrubbing back and forth. Liken the motion to train wheels to make it more fun!

4. FOAM PARTY

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Encourage your kids to create lots of foam and bubbles when they brush. Try a bubble making contest to see who can create the most bubbles!

5. BRUSH BUDDIES

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Ask you child to bring their favorite stuffed animal or character into the bathroom, and have them brush their toys’ teeth as well as their own.

6. SHOW AND TELL

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Ask your dentist for a ‘disclosing tablet’ Your kids chew them and the pink shows them where the plaque is on their teeth to prove that brushing makes a difference!

7. SUPERHEROES

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Pretend your child’s toothbrush is a superhero who needs to rescue each tooth from the plaque monsters! Add your own sound effects for fun!

8. DISCO DANCING

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Tell your kids you will perform a silly disco dance for them if they brush their teeth well for 2 mins! They will love it! The more embarrassing and fun the better!

Top Tips For Looking After Your Smile

A healthy smile can be a great asset and it makes perfect sense to give your teeth the best care possible.

Our teeth not only help us to chew and digest our food, they are integral to the way we speak and how we pronounce different sounds clearly. Our teeth give our face its structure and help us express ourselves.

Keeping your mouth clean and healthy can be relatively straight forward and adopting a simple routine can help minimise the most common oral health issues:

  • Remember to brush your teeth before you go to sleep at night and at least one other time during the day, using toothpaste that contains fluoride
  • Using ‘interdental’ brushes or floss at least once a day will help you clean between your teeth
  • To support good eating habits you should reduce the volume and frequency of sugary foods and drinks, and ensure regular check-ups at the dentist.

Dental check-ups

Regular check-ups help you keep your mouth healthy and allow your dentist to see if you have any problems that can be resolved or prevented.

Ignoring dental health problems can make future treatment of your teeth and gums more difficult to treat in the future. Talk to your dentist early to help avoid such problems and minimise the cost of dental healthcare for you and your family.

Brushing and cleaning your teeth

Thanks to advances in oral health products and education, the number of people brushing their teeth with regularity is on the increase. Many however overlook cleaning in-between their teeth and some people fail to have regular dental check-ups.

Short terms adjustments to your daily routine can be hugely beneficial for your oral healthcare in the long term.

Your dental team can help reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Whilst they can give you all the advice in the world about looking after your smile, it is up to you to ensure correct brushing to support your dental healthcare. The main tools to help you maintain your oral health are; your toothbrush, toothpaste and a regular routine of inter-dental cleaning (cleaning between your teeth).

Gum disease

Gum disease is caused by the build-up of plaque. The surface of your teeth is under attack by plaque on a daily basis.

Most of the bacteria in plaque is relatively harmless however, there is undeniable evidence that points to plaque as the main cause of gum disease. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily in the correct fashion and at the right time will help remove the majority of plaque from your teeth.

Smokers increase their chances of producing bacterial plaque, which leads to the development of gum disease. The speed that gum disease develops in smokers increases if far greater when compared with non-smokers. Gum disease is the number 1 cause of tooth loss in adults.

The lack of oxygen in the bloodstream caused by smoking has direct consequences for the health of gums and can inhibit infected gums from healing.

A visit to your dental team will help remove both plaque and tartar from your teeth. Depending on the condition of your gums and teeth it may take a number of appointments to clean all surfaces of your teeth effectively.

Your dentist should show you methods on how to remove plaque by yourself.

To ensure highly adequate oral care it is important to adopt an effective brushing routine at home using inter-dental cleaning methods (flossing between your teeth and brushing the surface of your teeth correctly). This is vital to help minimise gum disease.

Decay

Dental decay occurs when the enamel and dentine of a tooth becomes softened by attack from acids after eating foods and drinks that contain sugars. Acid erosion then creates a cavity (a hole in the tooth). ‘Dental decay’ is another term for tooth decay.

Prevention & Treatments

Dentist or hygienists can advise you on a dental routine that will help reduce the risk of tooth decay.

In the early stages of decay it is important to visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist may use a fluoride varnish to the area of decay to help stop further erosion of the tooth.

If the decay has already affected the outer layer of your tooth (the enamel) and has caused a cavity, your dentist will need to remove the decay and refill the hole in your tooth with a filling.

Diet

High levels of sugar in your diet don’t necessarily cause decay. The rate of dental erosion is increased by the amount of sugar in your mouth when you eat and drink for extended periods throughout the day. For example it would advantageous to avoid eating boiled sweets, lollipops which generally take longer to eat.

It is therefore important to limit the frequency you have sugary foods and drinks – if possible reserve these just for mealtimes.

Erosion

Regular check-ups and advice from your dental team can prevent dental erosion getting any worse. If a tooth does need treatment, it is important to protect the enamel and the dentine underneath to prevent tooth sensitivity. Usually a filling will be enough to repair the cavity.

Top Tips: Chewing sugar-free gum for 10 minutes after a meal can help to minimise tooth decay. Chewing gum makes your mouth produce more saliva, which neutralises the acid produced in your mouth after drinking and eating. Drinking water after meals or snacks can also help to cancel out the acid more quickly.

Tooth Care Tips For School Children

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Things You Should Know Before Whitening Your Teeth

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What is tooth whitening?

Professional tooth whitening is an effective way of brightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing the surface of your teeth. Your dental team will advise on your suitability for this type of treatment.

What does tooth whitening involve?

  • Professional bleaching is the most common tooth whitening technique
  • Firstly, impressions of the teeth are made and then painted with a special material to help increase the thickness of the tooth area
  • When the tray is created, a small pocket is produced. The whitening solution fills the pocket and only comes into contact with the required surfaces ensuring the soft gums are protected
  • They will then apply the whitening product to your teeth, using a specially made tray which fits into your mouth like a mouth guard
  • There is an ‘active ingredient’ in the product, usually hydrogen peroxide or perhaps carbamide peroxide
  • As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter

Does it hurt?

Some people may find their teeth become more sensitive. Others may find discomfort in the gums, a sore throat or white patches on the gum line, but these will disappear within a few days of treatment. If you are experiencing high sensitivity or burning of the gums after treatment you should consult your dentist immediately.

How long will the whitening effect last?

Some food and drinks that may stain your teeth such as red wines, spicy curries, teas and coffees and often lose their sparkle and fade after three years.

What if I have fillings, veneers, crows or dentures?

It is important to know that tooth whitening will NOT work:

  • on ‘false’ teeth such as veneers, crowns or dentures
  • and will not whiten fillings

These may need to be replaced after tooth whitening to match the new colour of your teeth.

What about whitening toothpastes?

There are several whitening toothpastes on the market. Although they do not affect the natural colour of your teeth, they may be effective at removing staining.

Whitening pastes may improve the overall appearance of your teeth but to truly achieve a longer lasting and brighter smile, then professionally whitened teeth are most effective.

Can I get my teeth whitened anywhere?

The law states that tooth whitening is termed as a ‘dental procedure’ only to be offered and carried out by qualified dental professionals. This means that anybody carrying out tooth whitening other than a qualified dental professional is operating illegally. There is also a legal age limit for tooth whitening, which means you have to be at least 18 years old to have it done.

Also, the law says that tooth-whitening products containing or releasing more than 0.1 per cent hydrogen peroxide can now only be sold to a registered dental professional offering the treatment in their practice. (And these products must not contain or release more than 6 per cent hydrogen peroxide.)

This means that tooth-whitening products or kits you buy over the counter or on the internet can legally only contain or release up to 0.1 per cent hydrogen peroxide. Note that that this concentration is too low to have any noticeable effect on the colour of your teeth.

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Dentists in Basingstoke

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