Brushing And Family Fun

For some reason, brushing teeth has always seemed to be a chore to many especially children. This is can be considered puzzling as teeth brushing is meant to safeguard the health of the teeth. Parents should therefore make brushing of teeth a regular activity that is ingrained in the lives of their children. The parents should start by ensuring that children understand the importance of brushing teeth for their wellbeing. When they understand this, they will see the importance of this activity and be glad to carry it out at all times.


Brushing teeth should not be deemed to be forced upon children but it should be taught to them. When children feel like the activity is imposed upon them, they may rebel against it and take any opportunity not to brush gladly.  It should be gradually introduced into their routine and they will not have a problem with it in future. Making this a fun activity instead of a chore will make it more accepting to the child.


  • Make a game out of it

Children respond to games. Race the child to the bathroom and challenge him or her to who will reach first and start brushing.

  • Make it fun

Incorporate songs, fun toothbrushes, toothpastes and holders as stimulants that will make brushing time fun.

  • Make it a family activity


Let it be a time for everyone to brush. This will be encouraging to the little ones and when they see everyone doing it, they will accept it as part of a routine.


Making the act of brushing teeth fun is effective if done the right way. The activity should take at least two minutes for the mouth to be well cleaned. Rushing through it in the name of fun and games will make it counterproductive. You should use the opportunity to teach the children the right way to brush their teeth to ensure all parts of the mouth are reached during the exercise.


It should be fun and exciting but you should ensure that all products used are safe for children and the whole family. The toothbrushes should be effective and well designed. The toothpaste that you choose should be safe and not have ingredients that will cause harm to the health of the family. With fun brushing exercises and proper instructions, the child will come to appreciate brushing teeth and will always associate the activity with a fun memory.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 8/23/2014
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Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums occur when the gum is irritated or damaged. This can be caused by gum disease that occurs when plaque accumulates on the gum. It could also be because of damaging the gum during brushing and flossing. Apart from these, bleeding gums can be a sign of serious health disorders. When plaque accumulates on the teeth it leads to the gums getting inflamed in a condition called gingivitis.


When the plaque is not removed it can turn into tartar when it hardens and can cause serious gum and jaw disease, periodontitis. It is best to follow the correct brushing and flossing procedures to promote good oral health. This will ensure that you get rid of plaque that forms on the teeth and gum. You will also protect your gums from damage when brushing. Using a toothbrush with soft bristles is also helpful to protect your gum.


Other factors that can cause bleeding gums include:

  • Changes in hormones when a woman is pregnant
  • Dentures that do not fit
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Leukaemia
  • Lack of Vitamin K
  • Use of blood thinners
  • Scurvy
  • Brushing hard and longer than necessary
  • Flossing the wrong way
  • Gum or teeth infection


When you discover that you have bleeding gums, you can talk to your dentist or doctor who will assess to find out the cause of the bleeding. You can take care of your oral hygiene and do it the right way in order for the bleeding to go away. Bleeding can be excessive and this is an indication that something is not right. You should be very concerned when the bleeding continues for a very long time, is not controlled by treatment and if there are additional symptoms.


Based on the cause of the bleeding gums, there are a few things that you can do apart from observing proper oral hygiene. You can rinse your mouth with salty water or diluted peroxide mouthwash. If your bleeding is due to deficiency in your diet, you should take the supplements that will help you to correct the problem. Have your doctor change any medication that is causing your gums to bleed so that you can stem it.


You can use a piece of gauze that is soaked in ice water to stop the bleeding by applying pressure on the gum. This is an effective procedure that you can do right away when the gums start to bleed.

Posted by: Admin Admin on 8/22/2014
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