Wow, can you believe the back-to-school season is already upon us? It feels as if summer started yesterday! Are you ready to send your kids back to school with a shining smile? Preventive dentistry is the best way to protect them.
These next couple of weeks will be busy as you begin to check things off your back to school checklist. Have you made one for your children’s dental hygiene? Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Schedule their bi-annual dental hygiene visit
- Create or improve their home oral hygiene routine
- Replace their toothbrush every 6 months, and have lots of floss available
- Shop for healthy foods and snacks
- If your child plays sports- protect their teeth with a custom mouth-guard
Regular hygiene appointments can help reduce missed school days in the future. Your dentist / hygiene team can carefully remove all the disease-causing bacteria in your child’s mouth and can prevent further dental issues. Having a set routine helps them develop good habits, and helps them understand the importance of maintaining their oral hygiene. It’s recommended to change your toothbrush every six months or earlier if the bristles are frayed. Healthy foods and snacks can strengthen teeth which may result in fewer cavities. When playing sports, it’s important for your child to wear a mouth-guard to shield their smile from unpredicted hits. Trauma without a mouth guard can sometimes lead to chips, fractures, and extractions.
Are you up to date with the latest dental trends?
Trends come and go, and “tooth gems” have once again gained popularity. It is a small glass or non-precious stone glued onto the surface of your tooth.
Risks of Tooth Gems
- Can cause discoloration on the tooth’s surface.
- The jewels can wear away enamel, increasing the risk of decay and infection
- Food can hide behind them promoting the growth of harmful bacteria
Tooth gems can be placed by a dentist or yourself and can last up to 6 months. It can be removed or replaced at any time. The longer it’s left on your teeth the more harm it will cause. The procedure only takes about 15 minutes, but the problems they can develop last forever.
With tooth gems coming back in style, we can’t help but think about what might be next? Do you remember dental grills? They are made from gold or silver-like metals that snap over one or more teeth. They often damage the surface of your teeth by removing enamel, causing teeth to shift and develop bite problems, and greatly increase the risk of decay. While they are removable, they must be taken off to eat and to allow thorough brushing and flossing. Putting them on immediately after eating can increase plaque build-up.
Another trend to keep an eye out for is getting a tattoo on your teeth, which is also known as #tatooth. The chemicals used to place these tattoos are not regulated and in some cases, are toxic. Some of these tattoo chemicals have been found to have inks and pigments used in toner and car paint. The FDA has not authorized any coloring for injection for cosmetic purposes.
Getting permanent ink in your mouth is growing in popularity, as people are interested in getting inner lip tattoos. The most requested tattoo is a symbol or a short word. They are known to be one of the most painful areas to get a tattoo. If you want one, you have to hold your lower lip open while being completely still throughout the whole process. Touch-ups are needed frequently because of the high cell turnover in your mouth.
Dangers of Inner Lip Tattoos
- High risk of infection because your mouth is filled with bacteria
- Every touch-up increases risk for infection
- Foods with high acid content can cause sensitivity.
- An allergic reaction to the ink can cause painful lumps of scar tissue under the skin, which are difficult to remove.
Before getting any procedure done it’s important to understand how it will affect your health. If you have any questions about the safety of a new procedure or device, please contact us! Be picky when it comes to trends, you don’t have to follow all of them. We hope you have a great school year!
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