1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Tips for Teeth

February, 2008
Leave a comment 3661 views

Good teeth, good health. Dr. Ethan Y. Li has more knowledge than just that. Li obtained his first degree from Peking University Dental School in  1996. Then he continued his study in Canada and received a Masters of Science in Biochemistry from University of Victoria and a Doctorate in Dentistry from University of British Columbia. He is now a member of the Canadian Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry as well as many other dental societies. After two successful dental clinics in Canada, Dr. Li has now opened his third dental clinic in Beijing – Detail Dental. We talked with him in the beautiful kids dental service room of the clinic for some tips on healthy teeth.

Q: When should a child start brushing her/his teeth?IMG_6305

Li: An infant’s first tooth usually appears at around 6 months. That’s a good time to start brushing. However it is always recommended that the parents start rubbing the toothless gums with a piece of soft gauze so that the baby will get used to the gentle touch and brushing and won’t bite your fingers off. J It is recommended that parents supervise their children’s brushing and lend a hand whenever necessary. When the child is 3-4 years or older he/she should begin brushing his/her own teeth thoroughly.

Q: What kind of toothpaste and toothbrush should they use?

Li: For children, they should use children’s toothpaste and toothbrushes. The difference in toothpaste is not substantial although there should not be a large amount of fluoride or other active ingredient (whitening or desensitization remedy, for example). A child’s toothbrush is usually smaller and softer with a bigger handle so it’s easier to grip. Of course there is always some character or something to attract their attention.

Q: How often should a child receive dental checkups?

Li: Starting at about 6 to 12 months, a child is recommended to have semi-annual dental visits. Most of the early visits are usually quite brief and non-invasive. They usually involve a quick check-up by the dentist while sitting on mom’s lap, maybe a quick chair ride up and down, a quick look in the mirror at his/ her own teeth or maybe even a count of how many teeth he/she’s got. And of course there is always the prize time. Later on they can have some cleaning done when they are about 2-3 years old. However these simple visits are very important because they establish a habit of regularly visiting a dental professional and teaches them not to fear the dentist.

Q: Can a child get cosmetic dental treatment?

Li: It depends whether we are talking about a complete “Hollywood” dental make-over. I guess unless you are a Shirley Temple or just have bad luck with your teeth there is no need for the common people. However if we are talking about reconstructive work to repair all cavities, which not only prevents disease but also look great, then yes, of course a child can get this kind of cosmetic work. Actually it should be mandatory in some cases.

Q: When should a child or teenager get braces or invisalign (what is it)?

Li: In most cases, we like to commence orthodontic treatment when the kids reach puberty. For girls it means 11-14 yrs old and for boys it’s usually 12-15. During this time the teeth usually move faster, and we can guide the teeth to grow in a more favorable way. However, in some cases, for example anterior teeth cross-bite, we like to start as early as 6-7 yrs old. Invisalign is the most popular and successful type of invisible braces in the world. It is usually recommended to choose invisalign after the second molars are fully erupted. In other words, most patients who choose invisalign are 14 yrs or older.

Q: What is healthy food for our teeth?

Li: Food that is low in sugar and high in protein or fat usually will better protect teeth against cavities. Other food that increases saliva production is also beneficial.

Li: Go visit your dentist regularly. I promise that you will always find it a quite rewarding experience.

By Xing Yangjian

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • Sphinn
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Mixx
  • Google Bookmarks
  • E-mail this story to a friend!
  • LinkedIn
  • Live
  • MSN Reporter
  • MySpace
  • RSS
  • Twitter
  • Yahoo! Bookmarks
  • Yahoo! Buzz

admin Health, Life

Related Articles

  • No Related Post
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.