Dental Tips Blog

Oct
25

How to Ensure a Healthy Smile on Your First Day Back to School

The new school year is right around the corner! A new year means new notebooks, new sneakers, new teachers, and a new start. Let’s start this year off right for your son or daughter with a happy and healthy smile!

Eat Right

Help your child maintain a healthy mouth by getting him or her into a routine of smile-friendly food choices. Pack snacks and lunches that are high in fresh crunches (fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains) but low in sugar.

Healthy Habits

Ask the dentist or hygienist for oral hygiene care instructions appropriate to your child’s age. Make sure your child is brushing for at least two minutes, twice a day. Monitor the use of a fluoride rinse which fortifies teeth against cavities. Review proper flossing techniques with your son or daughter to be sure bacteria isn’t getting trapped in-between teeth.

Sports Protection

Are you raising an athlete or two in your family? An athletic mouthguard is one of the most invaluable investments you can make in your child’s health. A custom-fitted professional guard will help protect teeth, restorations, braces, and soft tissues in the mouth from injury, giving you peace of mind while your child has fun.

Regular Check-Up

A thorough dental exam, necessary x-rays, and a professional cleaning and fluoride treatment will help you to stay on top of your child’s dental health. If treatment is prescribed, you’ll likely be able to schedule the treatment before the busy school year starts. Don’t let the busy upcoming school year crowd out time for vital dental care – schedule an appointment with your dentist for your child before the summer is out!

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Jul
3

Lupus and Oral Health

People living with lupus are more than likely to eventually develop some type of sores or lesions inside of their mouth caused by their condition. Some of the medications taken to manage their condition can also affect the health of their teeth.

Dry mouth is very common due to the medications that people take to manage Lupus. Unfortunately not only is dry mouth annoying, it can make you develop cavities much quicker than normal. During your routine dental exams, ask your dentist or hygienist what method would work best to help promote healthy saliva flow and combat dry mouth symptoms. Placing you on a routine fluoride therapy can also be useful to prevent decay from developing.

Almost half of lupus patients will also suffer from sores that flare up inside of their mouth from time to time. A homemade mouthwash made from milk of magnesia and liquid antihistamine can help manage painful ulcerations in some cases. Mix an equal amount of each ingredient together and then swab or rinse your mouth. Do not swallow it, but spit out any amount that is remaining. Avoid using products like rinses that contain alcohol as this can irritate ulcerations as well as dry your mouth out more. If you are experiencing active ulcerations, this is most likely a symptom that your condition is in an active phase.

If you’re battling lupus, it’s important to let your dentist know. Occasionally some patients may need to be premedicated with an antibiotic before treatment is performed. Your dentist and rheumatologist can arrange the details of your care procedures if your medical condition is severe.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Scott Merritt, BridgeMill Dentistry

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