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Did you know?

So why does Oral Health matter?

Adults

For the kids

Don’t forget about baby!

Did you know?

The oldest found drilled molars were discovered in Pakistan and are thought to be 9,000 years old. The most recently discovered ancient dental fillings were found in Italy – thought to be about 13,000 years old, the fillings are made of a naturally occurring tar!

The Babylonians and Egyptians created what historians agree is the first “toothbrush” – frayed twigs. In the 1400s, the Chinese created toothbrushes with bristles made from pig necks. In the 1800s, Americans were using toothbrushes with handles made of carved bone or ivory.

Even though the science and understanding behind oral health was nowhere near what they are today, people have been taking care of their teeth since ancient times.

So why does Oral Health matter?

Our teeth and our mouths affect how we eat, speak, and show emotions, and they even affect the shape of our face. Issues with our teeth, gums, or mouth are more likely to negatively affect our diet and overall health.

Prevention is the best tool against potential costly procedures and negative health effects.

1 in 4 adults between 20 and 64 years old has at least one cavity.

         Cavities can cause pain and infections, such as abscesses in serious cases.

Nearly half of all adults 30 years or older show signs of gum disease.

         Aside from causing general gum discomfort, gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss.

One quarter of adults 65 years or older have 8 or fewer teeth.

         Tooth loss can affect your ability to eat meat, fruits, and vegetables. 

Oral health across all age groups is important, from building a strong foundation in childhood to maintaining routines as an adult.

Adults

Toothbrush Tips

Remember 2x2! Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes at least 2 times a day.

Teeth Tech. An electric or battery-operated toothbrush can reduce plaque and a mild form of gum disease. Electric or battery-operated toothbrushes can also be beneficial if you have arthritis or difficulties moving your hands.

3 Month Rule. Replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head for electric & battery-operated toothbrush at least every 3 months.

It’s best practice to replace your toothbrush after a cold, flu, or other illness.

Let's Talk Technique. Angle the toothbrush slightly with the bristles aimed at where your tooth meets gum. Brush in gentle circular, back-and-forth motions. Wait a while after eating before brushing, and don’t forget to brush your tongue!

Toothpaste

Look for fluoride toothpastes. Flurodie 

If you vomit for any reason, you can rinse your mouth with 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water to help wash away stomach acid and keep your enamel safe.

Floss Facts

Flossing is an extremely important part of any dental care routine. Flossing between teeth helps keep plaque from building up in between teeth, helps remove smaller food particles, and helps maintain gum health.

You can use waxed or unwaxed floss or other interdental tools such as floss picks, tiny brushes for between the teeth, or brushes designed for cleaning around implants.

Don’t Forget the Dentist!

Visit the dentist at least once a year whenever possible. Dentists can clean away built up tartar, look for early signs of oral disease, and take x-rays to check on your tooth and bone health.

For the Kids

Toothbrush Tips

Kids should brush their teeth for at least 2 minutes 2 times a day. Letting them choose their own soft-bristled kids toothbrush may help get them interested keeping the healthy habit.

Toothpaste

Look for fluoride toothpastes. Many kids themed toothpastes also contain fluoride, so kids can be engaged while also caring for their teeth.

Flossing Fun

It’s time to start flossing when kids have at least two teeth that touch; floss for them until they’re old enough to do it for themselves.

Dentist

Take your child to the dentist for regular cleanings and ask about dental sealants to see if they’re an option for your child.

Don’t Forget about Baby!

If no teeth have come in yet, wipe their gums with a soft, clean cloth twice a day – once after their first feeding and again right before bed.

Use a soft, small-bristled toothbrush and plain water when teeth start coming in. Brush 2 times a day.

Happy Birthday, Dentist

By your baby’s first birthday, make sure to visit the dentist for early detection of any problems.

 

Always consult your dentist and health care provider if you have questions or concerns about your teeth or overall oral health. The above is meant for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace professional medical/dental advice or direction from doctors/dentists. 

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/basics/adult-oral-health/tips.html
  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20045536
  3. https://www.si.edu/spotlight/health-hygiene-and-beauty/oral-care
  4. https://www.ada.org/en/member-center/oral-health-topics/floss
  5. https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/fast-facts/cavities/index.html



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