My teeth were starting to deteriorate, and I was running out of options to repair them. The dentist gave me a choice. I could wait until the bone loss was so bad that I would have to have my teeth removed and get dentures, or I could have them removed now and get dental implants. I opted for the implants. If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, you probably have a lot of questions. I love mine, but they took some getting used to. In this blog, I’m sharing my experience and all the information that I picked up throughout my implant experience. You can find out what the procedure entails, how to prepare for your implants, and how to care for them once they’re in.
If you have a preschool-aged child, you will want to start teaching them the importance of taking care of their teeth. Regular trips to the dentist twice a year along with daily brushing and flossing will keep your child's teeth healthy. Here are some projects you can do at home to help your child learn how to keep their teeth looking clean and healthy.
Make a project where your child will learn how to brush teeth to remove bacteria. Draw several large teeth on white construction paper. Cut the teeth out and use a laminating machine to add a plastic surface to the paper. Use a dry erase marker to draw black, brown and yellow spots on the teeth. Have your child use a dry marker eraser that has been glued to a wooden dowel to represent a toothbrush. Show the proper method in brushing each tooth with an up and down, side to side movement, erasing the marker decay from the surfaces.
Teaching About Stains
Hard-boil three eggs to show children how the enamel of your teeth can be affected by the things you drink. Allow the eggs to cool. Set out three cups. Fill one with soda, one with coffee or tea, and the last with water. Place a hard-boiled egg in each cup of liquid and have them sit overnight. Show your child the next day what had happened to the teeth after being soaked in the liquids. The eggs that were in the soda and coffee or tea will both be a brown or tan color. The egg in water will remain white.
Have your child use a toothbrush and toothpaste to remove the surface stains from the eggs. You can discuss how drinking these things can cause your teeth to stain if you do not brush them right away afterward. Explain how your teeth are made from the same material as an eggshell.
Teaching To Floss
To teach the proper flossing procedure to your child, use plastic building blocks with nodules that interlock. These popular building toys have pieces that have three or four nodules in a row on the bigger pieces. Place pieces of clay in between each nodule. The nodules will represent the teeth and the clay represents plaque and debris stuck between the teeth. Have your child use a piece of yarn to represent a piece of dental floss. Show them the proper way to wiggle the yarn between the nodules to dislodge the clay. (For more information, contact Smile Builders - Robyn Lesser DMD)Share