Periodontal disease has three stages- gingivitis, early periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Recognizing the signs early is critical to prevent progression to the final stage, advanced periodontitis. Gingivitis is most commonly signified by gums that are tender, and also some bleeding during brushing or flossing. At the initial stage, gingivitis is usually reversible if corrective actions and proper care are implemented. It is important to brush and floss daily and to also schedule regular professional cleanings with your dentist. These actions will help to reverse gingivitis, and return your gums to a healthy state. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress
The American Dental Association has designated February as National Children’s Dental Health Month. You can start your child on a lifetime of good habits with tips to get kids to brush and floss regularly. 1. Involve your child when purchasing dental health products. Children are naturally curious. Take him with you when you shop for a new toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss. Explain to him the reason you have chosen one particular brand or style over others. He will learn the reasons products are different, and how to make the right choices. 2. Make routine flossing and brushing a game.
National Children’s Dental Health Month is the perfect time to think about the foods and snacks you are giving to your children. You can start serving more products that are good for their dental health. It cannot be stressed too strongly that you should limit the amount of sugar your children eat. However, you will find many products that are sugary and sticky, other than candies and cakes. Raisins are one example. Raisins can stick to the teeth and increase your child’s risk of tooth decay. Raw vegetables are healthier for your child’s teeth than many fruits. Introduce your child