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INFOGRAPHIC: Preventing Periodontal Disease

In the infographic below, provided by Serenity Dental Clinic, prevention for periodontal disease is outlined nicely with graphic. The disease, which nearly 65-million American adults suffer from (47.2% of those above 30-years old, according to the CDC), is the result of infections and inflammation of the gums and bones that support the teeth.

Some warnings of the disease may include consistently bad breath, bleeding gums, loose teeth, and/or painful chewing. However, these symptoms can easily be avoided if you brush and floss your teeth regularly and visit the dentist annually, as indicated below.

FOR THE DENTISTS: This infographic can play a major role in your office, just by making patients aware of the disease. Many suffer, yet many are unaware. Feel free to share across your social media feeds or print it out for your office.

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Good Guys vs. Bad Guys For Your Teeth

Here’s a helpful infographic that shows what foods are good for your teeth health, and what foods are bad. Some misconceptions are pointed as well!

General rules of thumb:

  • Drink LOTS of water to reduce drying of the mouth
  • Gravitate towards fluoride and dairy products
  • Avoid starchy, sticky food
  • Keep up with routine oral hygiene!

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February is Children’s Dental Health Month. Let’s spread knowledge!

All month long, dental professionals across the globe will be celebrating Children’s Dental Health Month by promoting knowledge about the subject. From the children to their parents alike, all knowledge is good knowledge, and some of the facts in the infographic below will show you how important dental health is!

This would be a good piece to print to hang in your dental office or hand out to patients of all ages! (Courtesy: tomsofmainestore.com)

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Toothbrushing, are you doing it right?

Most of us brush our teeth daily. It’s a good habit to have, but there are right and wrong ways when it comes to brushing teeth. It’s easy to get sloppy and complacent in your toothbrushing, thus leading to cavities and gum disease.

1. Finding the right toothbrush

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Finding the right toothbrush is half the battle.

First, you need to consider the size of your mouth when picking out a toothbrush. If you’re straining to open wide enough to put the brush in your mouth, then it may be too big. The handle also has to be comfortable, the more comfortable it is the more likely you’ll use it properly.

When it comes to an electric or manual toothbrush choice, it’s completely individual preference. A person who brushes correctly will brush well either with a manual or electric toothbrush. Some studies show that an electric toothbrush cleans 25% better than a manual. However, first thing is first: Good habits and brushing techniques.

2. Picking the right bristles 

You can walk down any toothbrush aisle and see a plethora of different toothbrushes claiming their bristles are perfectly angled to get your teeth the cleanest. Again, it really doesn’t matter on the bristle angle; it all comes down to the person who is actually doing the brushing.

However, what is important is making sure that the bristles aren’t too stiff where they aggravate the gums. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a soft-bristled brush. Here, the bristles are sturdy enough to remove plaque but not hard enough to damage tooth enamel or gums when used properly.

3. Not brushing often enough or long enough

It’s recommended that you brush at least twice day, three times is optimal.

Long periods of time between brushing can create plaque to build up, increasing the risk of gum inflammation on other problems, such as cavities.

It’s also recommended that you should brush your teeth for two minutes. This ensures you clean every surface of the teeth. One tip is to divide the mouth into quadrants then brush each section for 30 seconds. Some toothbrushes even have built in timers to make sure you brush long enough.

4. Brushing too often or too hard

While brushing your teeth three times a day is ideal, anything more may be too much. Excessive brushing can expose the root of the tooth and cause irritation. Or gums may become irritate. Brushing forcefully can also wear tooth enamel.

The best way to brush is nice and gentle for two to three minutes, two to three times a day.

5. Using the wrong technique

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Use the right technique to keep a clean and healthy mouth.

Using long horizontal strokes around the gum line can cause damage. Instead put the bristles at the gum line at a 45-degree angle and do short circular storks. Softly brush up and down your teeth, not across. Be sure to also brush the outer and inner tooth surfaces, the chewing surfaces and even your tongue.

6. Don’t start at the same place every time

Many people just brush their teeth in the same spot over and over again. Vary where you start so you don’t get stuck in one place.

7. Don’t skip the inner tooth surfaces

Some people forget to brush the inner surfaces of their teeth. It’s even easier to forget about those surfaces because you can’t see them. However, plaque removal on the inner surface is just as important as removing it from the front of your teeth.

The most commonly skipped area is the bottom lower front teeth.

8. Not rinsing your toothbrush

An un-rinsed toothbrush can grow harmful bacterial. Then, during the next time you brush your teeth, you put old bacteria in your mouth. Always rinse your toothbrush and remove leftover toothpaste.

9. Not letting your toothbrush dry

A perpetually dry toothbrush will cultivate even more harmful bacteria. Always shake out the moisture. And if you cap the toothbrush, make sure it has ventilation for air to flow through.

10. Not changing your toothbrush often enough

The ADA recommends getting a new toothbrush every three to four months, even sooner if the bristles are starting to fray.

It’s recommended to usually go based on inspection of the bristles. Once the bristles lose normal flexibility or break apart, its time to change your toothbrush. This timeframe may be shorter or longer than three months.

Additional tip: throw away a toothbrush if you get sick. A toothbrush may harbor the illness and make you sick again!

Keystone Industries is dedicated to good oral health. While we provide important oral health care products, it’s important on knowing how to use it and keep up good oral hygiene.

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Keystone Industries celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month

Did you know that every February is National Children’s Dental Health Month?

Keystone Industries would like to help you teach the ways of having a good oral hygiene while making it fun for children.

This month is the perfect time to start informing your children about the importance of oral health. There are plenty of ways to help kids brush longer and better. For example, there are now musical tooth brushes.  Or you can play a song while they brush their teeth, if you think musical toothbrushes are little too much. Regardless, these tools help children brush the suggested 2 minutes.

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Using Lego blocks, Play-Doh and yard to teach kids to floss.

Flossing is another important aspect of oral health. But how do you teach kids to floss. It can be quite a pain, even for adults. Kids often learn by hands-on activities and this is a great way to show them how teeth can collect bad things between teeth. First, take an oversized lego block and put Play-Doh between the connector peices. Then have the child use yarn to get the nasty Play-Doh from the cracks and crevices. It’s fun and educational!

To help children understand oral health even more try some easy at-home experiments that show how important taking care of teeth is. First, check out this Eggsperiment from Crest. These are quite impactful experiments and devices to show kids that eating right and taking care of your teeth is very important.

So, February is the month to really take advantage of teaching kids good oral hygiene. Try some of these things to help education the importance of protecting your teeth. You also can get children custom mouthugards to protect them for the upcoming spring sports season.

Whether it’s brushing teeth, flossing or protecting them through custom mouthguards it’s definitely time to start talking about oral health to kids of all ages.

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