Waterpik Sonic-Fusion- An Innovative Product Review

WaterPik has changed the idea of how something can be done. This something is the simple act of brushing and flossing.

This review will discuss the Waterpik Sonic-Fusion. It is a sonic toothbrush combined with a water flosser in one easy to use tool. This product is the world’s first flossing toothbrush and it is changing the face of oral hygiene forever.

What is the Waterpik Sonic-Fusion?

Sonic-Fusion combines the proven effectiveness of the Waterpik Water Flosser with the power of an advanced sonic toothbrush.  Learn about the effectiveness of sonic waves for teeth cleansing here from Wikipedia.

The head of the toothbrush contains a built-in water flosser tip. This allows a pulsating water spray to be used in combination with the sonic vibration of the toothbrush. The Waterpik Sonic-Fusion is a device that provides both brushing and water flossing at the same time.
There are settings up to 10 to allow the water pressure to be customized for comfort and the intensity of the clean desired. The device comes with a timer to allow for a full 2 minutes of brushing. This timer has a built in pacer to notify when each 30 seconds has passed. A reservoir holds the water and can be used with mouthwash if desired.

The Waterpik Sonic-Fusion comes with two patented water flossing brush heads.  A deluxe travel case is also included.

How Effective Is It?Waterpik-Sonic-Fusion-An-Innovative-Product-Review

Waterpik explains that the sonic toothbrush cleans the tooth surfaces while the water flosser jet focuses on the spaces between the teeth and below the gumline.

The product features three modes of action: brush, floss and brush + floss.
Research shows it removes 99.9% of plaque from treated areas.

It is up to 50% more effective than regular floss for improving gum health and up to twice as effective as traditional brushing and flossing.Waterpik-Sonic-Fusion-An-Innovative-Product-Review

Who Should Use the Waterpik Sonic-Fusion?

This product is ideal for the person who wants to save time and who also wants to improve their oral health. Most people do not like to floss and statistically speaking, only a small percentage of the population actually flosses on a regular basis.

The Waterpik Sonic-Fusion is also ideal for anyone with crowns, bridges or implants. The pulsating water spray along with the sonic toothbrush effectively reaches these notoriously hard to reach areas.

You will be protecting the investment you have made in your dental work by using this unique product.

Orthodontic patients will truly benefit from this innovative technology as plaque and bacteria cannot hide from the combination of the sonic wave plus pulsating water flossing spray.

People who suffer from decay (cavities) or periodontal disease (gum disease) will find this product greatly improves oral health by reducing and eliminating bacteria from the in between areas of the teeth and under the gumline. These areas harbor the majority of the bacteria in the mouth and are easily accessed by the Waterpik Sonic-Fusion.

Save Time…BrushWaterpik-Sonic-Fusion-An-Innovative-Product-Review and Floss Simultaneously!

Now you can use a one step oral care regimen for your oral health. No longer do you have to commit to the separate and additional step of flossing. It can now be done within the same 2 minutes that it takes to use your toothbrush.
Finally, an innovative product that will change our oral hygiene routines forever! This product also comes with a limited 3-year warranty and is endorsed with the ADA seal of acceptance.

The results are astounding!  As a dental hygienist, I can tell you that this is the one product that has had the most dramatic and extreme positive outcomes in my patient’s oral health.

I invite you to try this highly recommended product for yourself.  Click here to go to Amazon and get yours.  Please feel free to leave any questions or comments concerning your own personal experience with Waterpik Sonic-Fusion.

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Children’s Dental Health- Helpful Tips For Parents

Children's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-ParentsDental health is a huge part of overall health. Taking care of your children’s dental health will give them a healthy start in life. A child can suffer serious health problems if their dental disease is not taken care of.

Parents can take an active role in caring for their child’s teeth. This includes cleaning their teeth at home, providing a balanced diet and scheduling regular dental visits.

Children learn healthy habits from their parents. This article will describe helpful tips for parents to improve and maintain their child’s dental health from birth to adulthood.

Before the First Tooth EruptsChildren's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

Children’s dental health should begin early on. It is a good idea to start cleaning your child’s mouth when they are a baby, before the first tooth has even erupted. This allows the child to get used to having their mouth cleaned.

Use a clean wet gauze or washcloth to gently wipe the gum area after each feeding. This will remove any plaque or food particles that may be present.

Never allow your baby to fall asleep with a bottle containing anything other than water. If a bottle contains formula, milk or juice it will allow sugar to come in contact with their mouth all night long.

Even though there are no teeth present yet to come in contact with, it will set them up for the habit of relying on these damaging liquids at nighttime to fall asleep.

Offering a bottle containing sugary liquids as a pacifier is also not recommended. This will allow frequent acid attacks and increase tooth decay once their teeth begin to grow in.

Babies have a higher risk of tooth decay if their newly erupted teeth are allowed to come in contact with sugary liquids for extended periods of time. Bacteria in the mouth will mix with the sugar in these drinks to produce acids. These acids are very detrimental to a baby’s teeth and can cause a condition called “Baby bottle tooth decay”.

Your Child’s First ToothChildren's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

Your child’s baby teeth will hold the space in the jaw for the permanent teeth to develop. The baby teeth also help the child to speak normally and will help their chewing function and appearance.  Learn more about the importance of baby or primary teeth here from Wikipedia.

A baby’s 20 primary teeth are already present in their jawbone at birth and will erupt within the first 3 years of their life. Generally, the first tooth will arrive around 6 months. Some babies will erupt their first tooth as early as 4 months and it is not uncommon for the first tooth to grow in closer to a year.

As a child grows, their jaw also grows. This allows room for the full set of 20 primary teeth to erupt over time. The first permanent teeth will start to erupt around age 6. As the permanent teeth develop under the roots of the primary teeth, the roots begin to resorb allowing for the shedding of the primary teeth.

By age 12-13 years, your child will have the majority of their permanent teeth fully erupted.

Primary Teeth

  • Central incisor erupt 6-12 months and shed 6-7 yrs
  • Lateral incisor erupt 9-16 months and shed 7-8 yrs
  • Canine erupt 16-23 months and shed 9-12 yrs
  • First molar erupt 13-19 months and shed 9-11 yrs
  • Second molar erupt 23-33 months and shed 10-12 yrs

Permanent Teeth

  • Central incisor erupt 6-8 yrs
  • Lateral incisor erupt 7-9 yrs
  • Canine erupt 9-12 yrs
  • First premolar erupt 10-12 yrs
  • Second premolar erupt 10-12 yrs
  • First molar erupt 6-7 yrs
  • Second molar erupt 11-13 yrs
  • Third molar (wisdom tooth) erupt 17-21 yrs

Cleaning Your Child’s TeethChildren's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

When your child’s first teeth start to erupt, it important to start brushing them. You can use a child-sized toothbrush and water. It is easier to accomplish this if you are sitting on a bed or couch with your child lying down and their head on a pillow that is on your lap.

Once your child is age 2, the ADA recommends using a small pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste on their brush. Fluoride toothpaste is not suggested earlier than age 2 due to the risk of swallowing it. Before age 2, children do not know how to spit out the toothpaste and too much ingested fluoride may cause a condition of permanent brown spots on the permanent teeth called fluorosis.

Continue to help your child brush their teeth until age 6. A good rule of thumb is to allow your child to brush for the first minute by themselves. After one minute you can help them brush, making sure to reach the back teeth and the grooves in the molars where food and decay causing bacteria like to hide.

Check your child’s toothbrush often for bristles that are frayed or worn. Damaged bristles will not effectively remove plaque and food debris.

You can start to use dental floss when the adjacent teeth begin to touch. Children do not have the dexterity to floss using string floss on their own until age 8, so it is important to help them. You can floss for them or allow them to use a flossing tool with a handle that allows access to the back teeth.

Using an oral irrigator instead of floss is much more effective at removing plaque for children and adults.  Using an oral irrigator will remove twice as much bacterial plaque than traditional string floss.  Learn more about oral irrigators versus flossing.

It is recommended to brush twice daily, morning and night and floss once per day. Nighttime is the very most important time to brush your child’s teeth. At night, the mouth is moist, warm and dark and is the perfect breeding ground for decay causing bacteria.

Using an electric toothbrush will allow your child to have 30,000 brush strokes per minute compared to only 500 brush strokes per minute when using a manual toothbrush.  Products combining an electric toothbrush with an oral irrigator will provide superior plaque removal.  These products are by far the most effective plaque removal tools known to date and will greatly improve your child’s oral health.

No spill cups or sippy cups should also not be encouraged as soon as the child is able to use an open cup. This will prevent sugary milk or juices from coming in contact with your child’s enamel for extended periods of time.

What’s the Proper Technique?

Here are some more helpful tips for parents when caring for their children’s dental health. When brushing, you will want to place a soft bristled toothbrush against the gumline at a 45 degree angle towards the gum. If your child is under two, remember not to use fluoridated toothpaste.

A pea sized amount of toothpaste is all that is needed. Gently move the brush back and forth in short tooth-wide strokes.

Brush the outer surfaces of each tooth, upper and lower. Repeat this method for the insides of all the teeth. Finally, be sure to brush the chewing surfaces of the back teeth as this is where most plaque and bacteria will be hiding.

Don’t forget to brush the top surface of the tongue as this is another place bacteria like to hide. Children's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

Using a tool called a tongue cleaner will effectively remove bacteria from the surface of your child’s tongue.  This will greatly improve any issues with bad breath as these bacteria give off a smelly by product called volatile sulfur compounds.  Learn more about treating bad breath here.

When flossing, use about a foot and a half of floss. This seems like a lot but using this amount will make it easier to maneuver and properly hang on to the floss.

Wind each end of the floss around the middle fingers to allow a good grip. Use a gentle back and forth see-saw motion to guide the floss between the teeth until resistance is felt by the gums. Using a curving C-shape, gently wrap the floss around both sides of the teeth and use a scraping motion to clean food or plaque from in between the teeth.

Repeat these steps in between each of the teeth. Remember also to floss the backs of the furthest back teeth on top and bottom.

Your Child’s First Dental VisitChildren's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

When your child’s first tooth develops, it is time to schedule their first dental visit. Ideally, the first visit should be around their first birthday. You should treat this visit as you would treat your baby’s well child visit with their pediatrician.

During your child’s first visit, the dentist will accomplish several things. A complete oral exam will be done to check development and growth, access oral health and check for cavities or other problems.

Your child’s teeth will be cleaned and tips provided to maintain or improve oral hygiene. The dentist will discuss teething, finger or thumb sucking habits and pacifier use.

It will be determined whether your child is receiving enough fluoride to prevent cavities and whether your child is at risk for developing cavities.

Having the first dental check up at an early age will establish your child’s “dental home”. This is a place you can take your child for continued care year after year to maintain your children’s dental health.

An early visit helps the dentist get to know your child and their specific needs so they can provide the best care for them. It is best to meet the dentist when your child is having no problems-don’t wait until they are having an issue. This will ensure the most pleasant visit and a good experience for your child.

What About Sucking Habits?Children's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

Sucking is a natural reflex. Babies and young children many suck on pacifiers, fingers or thumbs to help them feel happy, safe and provide a sense of security. Many infants rely on sucking habits to induce sleep, as sucking is relaxing.

Sometimes a child’s sucking habits may interfere with proper alignment of the teeth or proper growth of the mouth. The habit’s duration, intensity and frequency will determine if dental problems will result.

Usually by age 2 to 4, a child will stop these habits on their own. If your child continues these sucking habits beyond age 4, it is a good idea to discuss this with your child’s dentist to see if there are any growth or developmental concerns.

You can help wean your child of these habits. Praise your child for not sucking instead of scolding them. Positive reinforcement is the most encouraging way to wean them of their habit.

A child will often suck on their fingers, thumb or pacifier when seeking comfort. Try to focus on eliminating the cause of anxiety and comfort your child. Children who are sucking for comfort will feel less of a need when they receive reassurance from their parents.

Placing a bandage or sock over your child’s finger or thumb will help to remind and encourage them to stop these behaviors. This practice is best done at night.

Diet is Important Too!Children's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

Children’s dental health includes a well balanced diet. A good diet is essential for your child’s growth and development and their healthy teeth will depend on it.

What and how often we eat directly affect our teeth. Our teeth are constantly forming bacterial plaque. When the sugar your child consumes mixes with the plaque, it produces cavity causing acids.

When your child is allowed to snack often, this encourages more opportunity for acid attacks which puts them at a higher risk for tooth decay. Other factors that may influence decay are the amounts and type of bacteria in the mouth.

Help your child to develop good eating habits. Limiting between meal snacks that are sugary and sticky like cookies, fruit snacks or candy is best. These snacks encourage decay.

Instead, offer snacks that are good for your children’s dental health. These snacks include raw vegetables, fruits, cheese and nuts. Nuts and cheese contain enzymes that discourage plaque from forming cavities. Fruit and vegetables are self cleansing foods as the chewing of these foods reduce bacterial plaque.

The mouth makes more saliva at mealtime to help rinse away food particles so it is best to save sugary snacks to be included with meals.

What about fluoride?Children's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

Research has shown that fluoride prevents cavities and helps repair and remineralize early stages of tooth decay. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in all water sources. Some water sources such as city water have added fluoride.

For children, fluoride strengthens the enamel and makes it more resistant to decay. It will help to reverse the cavity process for teeth with beginning decay areas.

There are two ways your child can obtain fluoride: systemic or topical. Fluoride obtained systemically are all forms of fluoride that are ingested. This would include water fluoridation or supplements. Topical fluoride is obtained when applied to the outer surface of the enamel. Examples of topical fluoride would be in the form of toothpastes, mouth rinse or the varnish applied topically at the dental office.

Community water fluoridation is an extremely effective way to achieve both topical and systemic fluoride. Sometimes parents give their children bottled water instead of tap water. Some bottled waters contain fluoride but most do not. Take this fact into consideration by supplying additional forms of fluoride if you are only giving your child bottled water.

It is a good idea to check with your child’s dentist before giving them supplemental fluoride. Some children may or may not require additional fluoride if they are at low risk for developing tooth decay.

Happiness is a Healthy Smile…Children's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

Parents need to participate in caring for their child’s teeth. It is important that parents teach their children how to take care of their teeth and practice healthy habits that will continue into adulthood.Children's-Dental-Health-Helpful-Tips-For-Parents

Now you know how to help your child practice good oral hygiene habits. Your children’s dental health will depend on these tips for parents. You can start them off right with a balanced, healthy diet and teach them the importance of regular dental care.

You can set a good example for your children by also brushing twice daily, flossing daily and visiting your dentist regularly.

By following the tips in this article, you can help your child have a healthy smile for life!

I invite you to take an active role in your children’s dental health.  Please leave any questions or comments below and I will be happy to help.

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Why Is Soda Bad For Your Teeth-Latest Update

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Soda consumption has become a daily habit for more and more people. It is no longer considered a treat for a special occasion and is now part of a daily routine for many.

In fact, drinking soda daily has become the norm especially for children and young adults. This article will cover the latest update of why soda is bad for your teeth and what you need to know to protect them.

What Does Soda Do to Your Teeth?Why-Is-Soda-Bad-For-Your-Teeth-Latest-Update

The sugar in soda mixes with the bacteria in your mouth to create acid. These acids attack your teeth. People who have poor oral hygiene are at a much higher risk of damage since they have more bacteria to begin with. The two main ways soda damages your teeth is by erosion and cavities.  Learn more about acid erosion of teeth here from Wikipedia.

Even sugar free soda contains acid of its own and should be avoided as much as regular soda. While diet soda may not have sugar, it has a very high content of citric and phosphoric acid. If these drinks are consumed often, they will have a very damaging effect your enamel.

Soda is bad for your teeth because the acid weakens the enamel and makes it more prone to decay. Every sip of soda lowers the pH in the mouth which prolongs the acid attack and erodes the enamel.

Each acid attack can lasts around 20 minutes. With ongoing acid attacks, the enamel becomes weaker and weaker. With the weakened enamel, the bacteria in the mouth are more likely to cause cavities.

Over time, the enamel is permanently damaged from the erosion. Once this enamel is gone, it’s gone. There is no way of getting it back!

How Can You Reduce the Acid Challenge?Why-Is-Soda-Bad-For-Your-Teeth-Latest-Update

By being aware of how soda is bad for your teeth, you can take steps to lessen the damage it can cause.

Never sip on soda all day. Everytime you take a sip of soda, the 20-minute acid attack starts all over again. The best way to enjoy your soda is to drink it all at once versus sipping on it.

Swishing with water after drinking soda will reduce the sugar content and dilute the acids. You should try to switch out soda for water as it has no sugar or acid and will not harm your teeth.

Using a straw when drinking soda will keep the sugar and acid away from your teeth.

Avoid drinking soda before bed. If soda is consumed before bed it will coat the teeth and tissues and allow the acid to cause damage all night long.

The absolute worst thing you can do is to consume soda throughout the night. Believe it or not, some people actually have soda on their nightstands. At night, the bacteria in the mouth multiply rapidly. The sugar in soda mixes with the bacteria in the mouth to create acids of their own in addition to the acid already in the soda.

It is best to wait at least 3o minutes after consuming soda to brush. If you brush before this time, you are more likely to cause further damage to your enamel. This is caused by brushing away the softened enamel created by the acid consumption.

More Damaging Than Ever! Updated Information

Today’s teenagers drink more soda than ever before. They consume three times as much soda than 20 years ago.

If you are like most of the American population, about half of you will have consumed a soda, sports or energy drink today.

The size of a soda bottle is getting bigger and bigger. Today’s bottle is 20 ounces compared to the standard 12 ounce bottle of years ago.

These larger sizes mean more and more sugar in each serving. It is not uncommon for a 20 ounce bottle to contain anywhere from 10 to 15 teaspoons of sugar! This table shows the comparison of water and battery acid to the sugar and pH acid content of a 12 ounce can of soda.

  • (Drink/acid/sugar content)
  • Water/ 7.00 neutral/ 0.0 tsp
  • Sprite/ 3.42/ 9.0 tsp
  • Diet Coke/ 3.41/ 0.0 tsp
  • Mt. Dew/ 3.22/ 11.0 tsp
  • Diet Pepsi/ 3.05/ 0.0 tsp
  • Dr. Pepper/ 2.92/ 9.5 tsp
  • Squirt/ 2.85/ 9.5 tsp
  • Coke/ 2.53/ 9.3 tsp
  • Pepsi/ 2.49/ 9.8 tsp
  • Battery Acid-/1.00/ 0.0 tspWhy-Is-Soda-Bad-For-Your-Teeth-Latest-Update

What Does This Damage Look Like?

As the enamel thins and erodes, the underlying tooth surface starts to show through. This underlying tooth structure is called dentin and it is a yellow brownish color. Teeth appear darker when the translucent enamel allows the darker dentin to shine through more easily.

The chewing surface can become worn, pitted and uneven. The teeth appear to pull away from the margins of existing fillings as the acid erosion continues.

Cavities cause unsightly damage as the holes created by the decay rot away tooth structure.

Please Rethink Your Drink!

Why not choose a beverage low in sugar and acid? Now that you know why soda is bad for your teeth, you can avoid all the negative effects of soda by switching out your drink. Choose milk or water if at all possible. Even chocolate milk has much less sugar and no acid.

Be careful when consuming sports drinks. Many sports drinks such as Gatorade can have an acid pH content as high as 2.95 per 12 ounce serving. This is much higher than most sodas. Gatorade also has an average of 3-4 tsp of sugar per serving.

Energy drinks such as Monster have an average pH of 2.7. This is even closer to the dreaded pH of 1 in battery acid.

Remember that the enamel erosion caused by these drinks is irreversible so choose wisely and rethink your drink! The American Dental Association recommends limiting between meal sipping and snacking on sugary beverages and foods.

The ADA further recommends practicing good dental health hygiene by brushing twice a day for two minutes with an ADA accepted fluoridated toothpaste, flossing or cleaning between teeth daily, eating a healthy diet and visiting your dentist regularly.

I hope you have enjoyed this article and thank you for reading. Please feel free to comment below and I will gladly answer any questions or comments you may have.

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