Even though we all work hard to take good care of our teeth, accidents and emergencies can happen when you least expect them. So what counts as a dental emergency? Some signs to watch for are:
If you have any of these symptoms, contact a dentist right away. They’ll give you the steps you need to take to get your emergency treated as soon as possible.
For more information on how to handle a dental emergency, visit MouthHealthy.org.
Brush the outer surfaces, inner surfaces and the chewing surfaces, which you use to eat your food. Use a soft-bristled brush, and change your toothbrush every three to four months. And always make sure that your toothbrush and toothpaste have the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
Use Seal-Accepted string floss or water flossers, dental picks or tiny brushes that can get between your teeth and in the hard-to-reach places. This helps reduce your risk of cavities and removes bacteria and plaque. Whether in the morning, noon or nighttime, it’s important to floss at least once a day.
You know that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but did you know that they’re also good for your teeth? Since these foods are high in water and fiber, they help to balance the sugars they contain and help to clean your teeth. And eating them can even help to wash harmful acids from your mouth.
For more information on how to take care of your smile, visit MouthHealthy.org.
Feeling under the weather? If you are sick, you’ve got to take care of yourself—teeth included. Here are some things to remember.
If your toothbrush is 3-4 months old or frayed, it’s probably time for a new one anyway. But if your immune system is severely compromised, you have a higher chance of reinfection. So toss your toothbrush and replace it once you’re feeling healthy again.
Drinking water to get hydrated is one of the best ways to feel better—it’s also great for your teeth. Water with fluoride strengthens your teeth, keeps your mouth clean and prevents dry mouth. It’s like a super-liquid!
Fact: nobody likes to vomit. But if you do, you might be tempted to brush your teeth right away. Hold on! First, mix water with about 1 tsp. of baking soda. Swish that around in your mouth and then spit it out. This will help get rid of any stomach acid. Then, brush your teeth about a half hour later.
If you’ve got a bad cough, you’re going to want to grab a bag of cough drops. Before you buy, check the ingredients and avoid sugars like fructose or corn syrup that could increase your risk for cavities.
For more information on taking care of your dental health while sick, visit MouthHealthy.org.
Looking for educational and easy ways to have some family fun at home? These DIY science demos (all done with materials you already have on hand) can teach kids a thing or two about oral health.
This demonstration shows the negative effects sugary drinks can have on your teeth, along with the positive effects of fluoride.
It’s one thing to brush your teeth every day—but it’s another to clean between them. This flossing demonstration shows just how much can be left behind if you forget to floss. Use jelly or a nut butter substitute if there are allergies in your home.
An apple’s skin protects the fruit inside—just like your enamel protects your teeth. This shows what can happen to your teeth when a cavity lets bacteria inside.
Visit MouthHealthy.org for full instructions on how to do these fun, informative demos at home.
Do-it-yourself (DIY) trends that claim a few simple steps will lead to a dramatic impact may work well for some home improvement dreams, but what about DIY when it comes to your dental health?
Permanent teeth can never grow back which is why it is especially important to be aware of potential harms before doing things to your teeth. Before you take your dental health into your own hands based on the promises and ease of any DIY treatments, it’s critical to talk to the expert – your ADA dentist. Knowing the risks and benefits is important.
Prepare for your office visit by researching the DIY treatment you’re considering, and come with questions to make sure you are getting the right treatment for your smile.
"Talk to your dentist. We're always here for you and open to discussing what you may have seen in the news or on social media," says ADA dentist Dr. Ruchi Sahota. "Let us know what you are thinking so we can think it through with you!"
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