Are You Taking Good Care of Your Teeth? | Hoboken Dentist

According to the American Dental Association, an individual should be brushing their teeth two times a day for at least two minutes. Are you surprised by this fact? Are you brushing enough? Two minutes is just barely the appropriate amount of time to sufficiently remove dirt from the front and back ends of the teeth. After you have brushed your teeth for at least two minutes, use dental floss to get in between and hard to reach areas. Floss removes any extra food particles left in between teeth. If left untouched, those particles may turn into plaque, resulting in a higher risk for gum disease.

Flossing is merely the act of wrapping a piece of string around your teeth, one by one, in order to remove any bacteria and excess material stuck between each tooth. The process itself is relatively simple. Cut yourself a piece of floss about 18 inches long. Wrap both sides around your fingers until you have a good two inches separating either side. Pull it taut between your thumb and index finger and guide the floss in between each tooth. With a downward zigzag motion, slide the floss around each tooth in a curved motion, reminiscent to a shoe shine fella’s rag. What you’re trying to do is gently scrub down all the space between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach.

Finally, rinse your mouth with an ADA-approved mouthwash to seal the cleanliness in and for a trace of fresh breath and there you have it – the ideal dental routine.

To learn more about proper dental hygiene, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken and all surrounding areas.

Should My Little One Use Mouthwash? | Hoboken Dentist

Instilling good dental hygiene habits is important for every new parent to know. The sooner you teach them, the easier it will be for them to take those lessons throughout life. But what about mouthwash? Is it safe for a little human to use mouthwash? According to the American Dental Association (ADA), children younger than six shouldn’t use mouthwash that contains fluoride. Better yet, they shouldn’t use mouthwash at all, unless advised by the dentist. This is because children that young tend to swallow when rinsing and may end up ingesting too much fluoride. While small amounts of fluoride help keep teeth strong and free of cavities, large amounts can lead to what’s known as fluorosis, or enamel discoloration.

When choosing a mouthwash for your kid, try to stay away from adult mouthwashes because most contain alcohol. Instead, choose a mouthwash that doesn’t contain alcohol. It’s a big plus if it’s specifically targeted towards children. Once you’ve chosen the right kind of mouthwash, it’s important to keep in mind these two tips:

Supervise your child. If your child is between 6 and 12, or even below 6, make sure that you’re always around while he or she is using mouthwash, so they don’t swallow it or use it as a substitute for brushing and flossing. Once they get the hang of it, you won’t need to monitor them anymore.

Keep mouthwash out of reach of children. Because most mouthwashes are brightly colored and well flavored, it’s best to store them way out of reach of your children.

To learn more about pediatric dental care, call Dr. David Musarra at Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111. Also visit the website at http://www.hobokenpediatricdentistry.com.

Dr. David Musarra proudly accepts patients from Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Union City, North Bergen, Newark and all surrounding areas.

Should My Kids Use Mouthwash?

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To put simply, yes. Mouthwash is extremely useful for children. An oral hygiene routine that includes using a gentle mouthwash can help ensure that your kid’s teeth and gums are healthy at all times. But, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you should just go and have your kid gargling mouthwash right away. For mouthwash to be effective, especially in kids, it has to be used safely as well.

Starting At The Right Age

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), children younger than six shouldn’t use mouthwash that contains fluoride. Better yet, they shouldn’t use mouthwash at all, unless advised by the dentist. This is because children that young tend to swallow when rinsing and may end up ingesting too much fluoride. While small amounts of fluoride help keep teeth strong and free of cavities, large amounts can lead to what’s known as fluorosis, or enamel discoloration.

Benefits of Mouthwash

The purpose of mouthwash is to boost the effects of brushing and flossing. With kids, this is all the more important as they have yet to master brushing and flossing properly yet. It also helps give your kids a fresher breath, which can do wonders for their self-esteem and self-confidence. Also, mouthwashes containing fluoride help provide an extra dose of cavity protection for kids that are over the age of 6. If your child wears braces, mouthwashes are even more important as they can help loosen bits of food that are often stuck in between the brackets.

Choosing The Right Mouthwash

When choosing a mouthwash for your kid, try to stay away from adult mouthwashes because most contain alcohol. While the alcohol is extremely useful against invasive bacteria that can fester inside the mouth and along the line, it’s not exactly safe for children and their growing bodies. Instead, choose a mouthwash that doesn’t contain alcohol. It’s a big plus if it’s specifically targeted towards children.

Once you’ve chosen the right kind of mouthwash, it’s important to keep in mind these two tips:

  1. Supervise your child when using mouthwash. If your child is between 6 and 12, or even below 6, make sure that you’re always around while he or she is using mouthwash. This helps keep them honest about not swallowing any of the mouthwash and so that they don’t end up using mouthwash as a substitute for brushing and flossing. Give or take a few months, using mouthwash after brushing and flossing will all become routine, and you won’t need to monitor them anymore.
  1. Keep mouthwash out of reach of children. Because most mouthwashes are brightly colored and well flavored, it’s best to store them way out of reach of your children. High shelves or locking cabinets are examples of ideal storage spots. You’ll want to keep them stored in such safe places up until your kids are old enough to use mouthwash safely.

Contrary to popular belief, children can also develop oral health problems such as gum disease, which makes it extremely important that you teach your own child the importance of practicing a proper oral hygiene routine.

Brushing, flossing and using the right mouthwash everyday can help make sure that your child enjoys a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

In addition, be sure that your child goes in for regular dental check ups and cleanings. Make an appointment today with Dr. Posner at Dental Associates of Hoboken by calling (201)795-2111 or on the website at www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.