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April is finally here!
All of our staff at MM Family and Sleep Dentistry are excited about celebrating Oral Health Month.
Now is the time to "brush up" on your knowledge regarding healthy teeth and gums.
We invite you to visit the Ontario Dental Association's public website at www.youroralhealth.ca
The website features dental information that is easy-to-understand, as well as quizzes, videos, and a fun Kids' Zone.
We also encourage you to practice a good oral hygiene self-care routine at home.
A good routine includes the following steps:
(1) floss, (2) brush for at least 2 minutes with a soft bristle toothbrush, (3) rinse mouth, and (4) scrape tongue.
These 4 steps should be done at least twice per day - in the morning and before bed.
The sights and sounds of a dental office can be very frightening to some patients. In fact, it is believed that more than 75% of people experience some form of anxiety when it comes time to visit the dentist. However, it is important for parents to be calm and honest with children regarding what will happen during a dental appointment. If parents are nervous, their negative energy is quickly and powerfully transferred to children. Furthermore, if a patient is going to a dentist where they're continually afraid, then the family should consider trying a new dental office.
An informative article was published in the October 2013 issue of Canadian Family magazine.
The title of the article was "The whole tooth - How to manage your child's dental anxiety".
In a cooperative effort between the Academy of General Dentistry and the Ad Council, a FREE Game App called "Toothsavers" has been developed for children ages 3-6.
This game encourages children to save fairy-tale characters from an evil sorceress who has cast a wicked tooth-rotting spell across the kingdom. It is designed to motivate children to take care of their own teeth by brushing twice per day, for at least 2 minutes each time.
This game has three key features:
(1) It is based on "brushing" by swiping a finger across the screen. The game asks children to be heroes as they save 10 fairy-tale characters from the cavity spell.
(2) There is a 2-player mode that allows a child to "brush" the teeth of a friend or parent who holds the mobile device up to his/her mouth.
(3) The app can be used as a tooth-brushing companion. It can be set to provide morning and nightime reminders, and can keep track of a child's brushing patterns.
Why not download the "Toothsavers" game today? Visit the App Store or Google Play today!
It is also available on the Web at 2min2x.org/PlayToothsavers.
A news article published by CBC News "The National" on October 17th, 2013, explained how an increased number of Canadian preschoolers are requiring day surgery under general anesthesia to treat cavities and severe tooth decay.
A report from the Canadian Institute of Health Information calculated that about 19,000 Canadian preschoolers per year are having this type of surgery. On average, these children were anesthetized for 82 minutes to treat cavities and extract teeth. These figures only include hospital surgeries, not the thousands more that are done in private practice settings, like our dental office.
Here at MM Family and Sleep Dentistry, our entire staff team knows how important it is for all children to receive dental treatment for the maintenance of healthy teeth and mouths. Especially since cavities and other untreated oral infections can lead to "poor growth, behavioural problems, poor learning, and sleep loss," as cautionned by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA).
Following the recommendations of the CDA, we promote that every child's first visit to the dental office occur soon after 1 year of age. This is a preventative step. It allows us to provide important information to parents, and to provide families with tips that they need to make sure their children maintain healthy teeth.
Did you know?
The #1 reason for children to undergo general anesthesia in Canada is to receive dental treatment.