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Tooth Brushing For Kids

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Two minutes is the recommended time for brushing teeth, however it can be challenging to get your children to brush their teeth for long enough. To young children 2 minutes feels like eternity and they often tend to rush through their dental routine, ultimately this can lead to tooth decay. Luckily this can be prevented by introducing strategies designed to make brushing fun.
• A tooth brush timer or keeping a timer in the bathroom is the easiest way to ensure your child is brushing their teeth for the recommended time.
• Playing your child’s favourite song or tune while they brush is a fun way to insure they are brushing for long enough.
• Set the example by brushing your teeth with them. Challenge them to mimic how you brush.

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Bad Breath

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Bad breath also known as halitosis occurs when odour producing bacteria develops in the mouth. The lack of brushing and flossing on the daily basis causes food particles to accumulate. This is a catalyst for bacteria and plaque to grow throughout the mouth, ultimately releasing sulphur-producing compounds at the back of the tongue and throat causing bad breath.
Factors such as poor oral hygiene, dental infection, dry mouth, smoking, acid and bile reflux and eating foods (garlic and onions) which induce strong odours can cause bad breath.
To prevent and cure bad breath be sure to brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes, brush your tongue, floss, drink a sufficient amount of water to keep your mouth hydrated, gargle with an antiseptic mouth wash or water and salt mixture, replace your toothbrush every three months and visit you dentist for regular examinations.
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Importance of Fluoride

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Fluoride is a natural mineral, it can be found in water (fresh and salt), rocks, soil, vegetables and grains. Though fluoride is found in the environment it’s not a sufficient amount to strengthen and protect teeth. For this reason, additional fluoride is added into the water supplies of many Australian towns and cities. Water fluoridation has been scientifically proven to be a safe and effective way to help protect teeth against tooth decay.

Fluoride plays a crucial role in combatting decay, strengthening the enamel of the teeth, re-mineralising weak spots and aids in desensitising teeth. Brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste is the more effective way to receive fluoride. When appropriate your dentist may suggest the use of fluoride supplements, gels and other dental products.

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Hypoplastic Teeth

Enamel hypoplasia is a developmental defect of the teeth caused by defective formation of the enamel. The formation of enamel is very delicate and any disturbances that occur during the development can cause defects, affecting primary and permanent teeth. Enamel is the first (outer) layer of the tooth and is the hardest and most mineralized substance of the body.

Common signs of hypoplastic teeth are chalky spots and yellow, brown or white patches on the teeth usually containing pits. This condition causes the teeth to be sensitive, weak and vulnerable to breakdown and decay.

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Causes of hypoplasia:
• Trauma from a deciduous tooth
• Medications taken by the mother during pregnancy and overall health
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• Medications taken by the child during early childhood
• Chronic illness during early childhood
• Prematurity
• Nutritional factors

Treatments for Hypoplasia:

• Fluoride treatment
• Tooth mousse cream
• Composite resin tooth restoration
• Full Crown

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Interdental Brushes

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Interdental brushes are small cylinder-shaped brushes used to remove plaque from the spaces between the teeth. The brush head consists of lateral bristles allowing for effective removal of food particles from the interdental space where holes and gum issues most commonly occur.
Interdental brushes are often considered an easier option for cleaning between the teeth over dental floss as they have a handle which allows for ease in difficult to reach areas. The brushes also come in a wide range of sizes to suit everybody’s interdental spaces.

Mouth Rinses

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There are plenty of different types of mouth rinses on the market making it hard to differentiate between them, therefore its often asked which is the best?
Mouth rinses tend to fall into four different categories: cosmetic, therapeutic, natural (herbal rinses) and antiseptic.
• Cosmetic mouth rinses will temporarily mask bad breath and some contain whiteners to help remove surface stains however they do not offer the same protection as other mouth rinses and the effects are limited.
• Therapeutic mouth rinses often contain fluoride which helps reduce the risk of tooth decay and helps to strengthen the teeth.
• Natural mouth rinses contain no fluoride, alcohol or preservatives. They usually contain herbs and can be home-made. A pinch of salt and warm water is commonly used as a natural mouth rinse.
• Antiseptic mouth rinses contain chlorhexidine gluconate a chemical the assists in stopping the growth of bacteria and is useful for people who suffer halitosis, gum disease and mouth infection. However, chlorhexidine can cause teeth to discolour therefore should only be used for a short period of time.
If you decide to use mouth rinse as part of your daily oral hygiene routine, please keep in mind that mouth rinses cannot be used to substitute or replace brushing and flossing.

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Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule

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Tooth Mousse/Tooth Mousse Plus

GC Tooth Mousse and Tooth Mousse Plus

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GC tooth mousse and tooth mousse plus is a topical tooth crème containing calcium and phosphate, minerals teeth are made from. By using GC tooth mousse/plus it deposits calcium back into the teeth, assisting in maintaining strong and healthy teeth. It can be used daily and is completely safe.
GC Tooth Mousse Plus has the same benefits of GC Tooth Mousse the difference is Plus is enhanced with fluoride.

Advantages of Tooth Mouse/Plus:
• Re-mineralises and restores teeth
• Provides extra protection for teeth
• Relieves tooth sensitivity
• Helps neutralize acid from acidogenic bacteria in plaque

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