Archive for July, 2011

Family Dentistry: Important Topics for Dental Health at Every Age by Dr. Parivash Khajavi

July 10, 2011

At her 10-year old practice in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Parivash Khajavi has treated patients of all ages. As both a pediatric and adult dentist, she has extensive experience in maintaining oral health for patients in every phase of life.

 

Toddler Brushing Teeth, Public Domain

Toddler Brushing Teeth, Public Domain

For babies and young children: Babies are born with an almost completely formed set of teeth waiting just under their gums. When teeth first come in, clean them gently with a clean wet baby washcloth. As they get bigger, you can use a child’s toothbrush. Until your child is 2 years old, there’s no need for toothpaste; water alone is enough and doesn’t carry the risks of swallowing fluoridated toothpaste. Starting around the age of 1, children should visit the dentist at least once a year. Infants should never fall asleep with a bottle containing anything but water. Milk or juice in a bottle can remain on the teeth, causing “baby bottle tooth decay.” At the age of two, you can begin using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste when you brush your child’s teeth. Remember that until about the age of about eight, kids don’t have the coordination to do a really good job brushing their own teeth, so they’ll need careful supervision and some help.

 

For teenagers: Teens should be aware of the need to take careful care of their teeth, including brushing at least twice a day and flossing once. This is also the age to discuss the dangers of tobacco use, both for oral health and in general. Teens who play contact sports should wear the proper headgear to protect their teeth.

 

Mahlon tries to put on his "game face;" however, his mouthpiece kind of gets in the way.

Mahlon tries to put on his "game face;" however, his mouthpiece kind of gets in the way. (Public Domain)

 

For adults: Keep an eye out for gum disease, and maintain the good oral hygiene habits established earlier in life, including brushing, flossing, and avoiding tobacco products. Make sure to see your dentist if you experience dry mouth, either on its own or as a side effect of medication, as it can endanger your oral health.

 

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Adutl Dental Care-- Public Domain Dental Image, Posted By, freeclipartnow.com