What to Do if Your Child Knocks Out a Tooth

If your child falls off a bike or gets hit in the face with a ball and knocks out a tooth, it is important to act quickly and take the right steps. This could be the difference between the tooth being able to be reattached or not being able to be reattached. Unfortunately, I found myself in this situation and wasn't really sure what to do. I ended up taking my son to an emergency dentist, but it was too late and the tooth could not be reattached. I wanted to ensure this didn't happen to other parents and children, or to me again, so I created this website. If you have children, this is great information to know before you find yourself in this situation.

Are You Making These Tooth Brushing Mistakes?

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If you're like most adults, you have been brushing your teeth for many years. In that time, it's entirely possible that you have picked up some bad habits. Here are some brushing mistakes that you might be making every day.

Using the Wrong Brush

Many people just head to the supermarket and choose a toothbrush without thinking too much about it. However, a good toothbrush can be a great tool for keeping your teeth healthy, so it is important that you select a good one.

For best results, it is smart to use a toothbrush with softer bristles. Hard bristles can cause gum irritation, and if you brush too hard with a hard bristle brush, you may very well erode your tooth enamel over time, which can make your teeth weaker. 

Starting at the Same Spot Every Time

Because you brush your teeth so often, it's natural that you'd do it in the same way all the time. However, that can be a mistake. When you start in the same spot every time you brush your teeth, you are likely to brush vigorously where you start, but end up finishing too quickly in other parts of your mouth. Try to remember to switch things up and start brushing at different parts of your mouth each day. 

Not Brushing Long Enough

Have you ever timed yourself as you brushed your teeth? Probably not. If you are like many people, you may not spend a lot of time brushing. A good amount of time to spend brushing your teeth is about two minutes. Taking your time allows you to brush every single tooth on all sides, as well as your gums. You can even check for any debris in between your teeth.

Just as you don't want to brush too quickly, it's important that you don't overdo it. Brushing your teeth for too long is not going to make your teeth any better. In fact, after a while your teeth and gums will just start to ache.

Not Watching Yourself in the Mirror

You may be so used to brushing your teeth that you don't think you need to look at yourself while you're doing it. However, watching yourself in the mirror helps you to be more aware of what you're doing. For instance, looking at your mouth can help you remember to brush your gum line and ensure that you're using the proper brushing technique. 

Avoid the mistakes in this article so that your teeth can be healthier. Talk to your dentist about more things you can do in your everyday dental regiment, so that your teeth continue to be in good shape. Click here for more information.

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1 July 2015