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Back to School Check List

By: Dr. Elizabeth Craig | July 31, 2015

It’s that time of year again when we search the paperwork that the school has sent us to find that one sheet with the list of supplies and with a smile head to the store with a quick and easy mission in mind.  You arrive home 4 hours later after going to at least 3 store only to realize that you bought the unsharpened #2 pencils and now have to sharpen 40 pencils by hand!!!  So much for easy!

 

We at Craig Dental Center would like to add a few things to your list but would like to make them quick and easy… honestly!

 

  1. Make sure your child is scheduled for his/her routine 6 month check-up and cleaning. Regular check-ups help decrease missed school days by catching areas of concern before they turn into a toothache.
  2. Make sure your child is flossing once a day. Interproximal (between the teeth) cavities are very common in children and adults and flossing will help to reach the areas that a toothbrush cannot.
  3. Children and adults both should be brushing at least twice a day, morning and night for 2 minutes each. The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends that you change your toothbrush ever 3-4 months or sooner if bristles become frayed with use.
  4. It is a good idea to send a toothbrush to school for your child to brush after lunch or a sugary snack.
  5. Mouthguards, there are many kinds and if you child is in sports please talk to us about the kind of mouthguard that would best fit your child’s needs.
  6. Help your child to make healthy eating decisions. Foods that are high in sugar and acid such as fruit juices and candy can cause decay, so help them to choose fresh fruits, vegetables and proteins instead. Not only do the healthy snacks reduce risk of decay they also help to keep your child satisfied longer!

As we transition from the “calm and relaxing” summer to the hustle and bustle of the school year, we hope that you contact us with any dental question or to set up your appointments.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Bad Breath

By: Dr. Elizabeth Craig | July 13, 2015

 

The source of 80% of bad breath comes from the oral cavity.  When the bacteria build up around and in between your teeth and on your tongue it can cause inflammation and let off a noxious odor.  Everyone has bad breath from time to time, but when you are experiencing it regularly it could indicate a problem and you should consult with your dentist.

Bad breath can be prevented or decreased by doing the following:

  1. Practice good oral home care. Brush your teeth twice a day. Don’t forget to brush your tongue too! Floss your teeth to remove the plaque and food in between them.   If you were or denture or partial denture remove it at night and clean before placing back in your mouth.
  2. See your denture routinely. Check ups with your dentist twice a year will enable your dentist to see if the bad breath is being caused by tooth decay, dry mouth, or other problems.
  3. Stop smoking or chewing tobacco.
  4. Keep your mouth moist. Drink water or use sugar free gum to stimulate saliva.
  5. Keep a log or take notice of the foods you eat routinely. It is possible the foods you eat are contributing to the bad breath.