Tooth Truth 02/02/2011
Visit your dentist once a year and you'll reduce your risk of heart attacks, stroke and other cardiovascular problems by 33%.  Experts believe that unhealthy, bleeding gums allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause heart problems.
At what age do children start to lose their baby teeth? And how long does it take until all adult teeth are in place?

Children can start losing their baby teeth anywhere from about the age of 5 to about 7. Usually the two front teeth on the bottom are the first teeth to be replaced. Your second molars typically appear by age 12 to 13. Some people have third molars which are sometimes called "wisdom teeth" these can appear after age 16.

Should children use a different toothbrush than adults?

Children should use smaller brushes with shorter brushing planes in proportion to the size of their mouths. Most children use brushes that are too big to be easily maneuvered into small spaces in their mouth. By the way, in addition to changing brush every three months or when the bristles appear worn, it's a good idea to toss those brushes after colds or sore throats!

Should children use the same toothpaste as adults?

All that you need from your toothpaste is the fluoride that helps strengthen your teeth and protects them from cavities. The time you should spend brushing and your technique are more important, so go with the flavor you prefer. Remember only a pea-sized drop of paste on your brush is all that is necessary.

Why is candy and other sugary foods bad for teeth?

Sugar on the tooth surface is changed to acid within 5 minutes time. The acid acts to dissolve the tooth surface. When this happens often enough, the tooth surface breaks down. At first you see white spots (known as areas of demineralization), then dental decay occurs.

How many times each day should teeth be brushed? And When?

The two really important times to brush your teeth are in the morning after breakfast and at night before you go to bed. Any extra times you brush during the day is great particularly after eating sticky and sugary foods.
Take this online poll after you have read the other two blogs: Opposition to fluoride added to drinking water and Public health officials reconfirm the benefits of community water fluoridation.
The fluoride added to 90% of drinking water is hydrofluoric acid - a compound of fluorine that is a chemical byproduct of aluminum, steel, cement, phosphate, and nuclear weapons manufacturing. It is manmade and has no nutrient value.
"Fluoride is the active toxin in rat poisons and cockroach powder.
Hydrofluoric acid is used to refine high octane gasoline, to make fluorocarbons and chlorofluorocarbons for freezers and air conditioners, and to manufacture computer screens, fluorescent light bulbs, semiconductors, plastics, herbicides, -- and toothpaste.   It also has the ability to burn flesh to the bone, destroy eyes, and sear lungs so that victims drown in their own body fluid."

In the body, fluoride destroys human enzymes by changing their shapes. Enzymes are necessary for various essential cell reactions that take place every second we're alive. Without enzymes, we'd die instantaneously. 


The American Association of Public Health Dentistry supports the HHS recommendation on community water fluoridation.

Public health officials on January 7th reaffirmed the safety and effectiveness of community water fluoridation while updating their recommendation on the optimal level for preventing tooth decay based on the latest science.  The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acknowledged the trend of increased dental fluorosis in children in the United States.  To address this issue, the recommendation is to set the optimal level for fluoride in drinking water at 0.7 parts per million (ppm).  This is well within the previous optimal range of 0.7ppm – 1.2 ppm that had been recommended for more than 50 years. 

The American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) supports this recommendation and applauds the continued evaluation of this cornerstone public health measure.  AAPHD is committed to educating the public about proper use of fluorides for preventing tooth decay, including fluoride toothpaste and the benefits of community water fluoridation.   

AAPHD President Dr. Ana Karina Mascarenhas states, “Fluoride is essential for preventing tooth decay and assuring optimal oral health for all ages.  The new recommendation assures we have the right balance given the multitude of fluoride sources available today to prevent tooth decay while protecting against dental fluorosis.”

Fluoride Facts
• Fluoride is a community health measure that benefits people of all ages, income levels, and ethnicity.

• Fluoride protects over 300 million people in more than 40 countries worldwide, with over 10,000 communities and 145 million people in the United States alone.

• Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in all water supplies and when adjusted to optimal levels, is effective in reducing tooth decay.

• Water fluoridation is the best way to get fluoride. Topical application is better than nothing but not nearly as effective as water fluoridation. Pills are expensive and all too often not administered correctly.

• Water fluoridation is SAFE! Multiple studies show that adjustment to appropriate levels does not pose a health risk for the public. Fluoride at recommended levels has been used for more than 50 years with no side effects. Visit for more information.

Many patients fear going to the dentist and the dental hygienist.  Would you believe that?  To ease us into this topic, I thought I’d take this opportunity and post a hilarious video of David Letterman’s experience at the dental office. This video originally aired nearly 2 decades ago now, but the humor is timeless. 


    Jenny Tsantilas,
    has been a licensed Dental Hygienist in Florida since 1994.  She is a full time mother of three precious girls.



    January 2011



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