Regular dental cleanings are important because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Plaque (whitish film) begins building on our teeth the moment we put our toothbrush down. Plaque harbors bacteria and can lead to a disease called gingivitis. Someone experiencing gingivitis will notice their gums have become swollen and red due to inflammation, which is the body’s natural response to the presence of harmful bacteria. If not treated at this stage, gingivitis will lead to periodontal disease which affects the soft and hard structures that support the teeth. Tooth loss is often the result of severe periodontitis.
At Tooth B.U.D.D.S., Affiliated Practice Dental Hygienists aim to provide a dental cleaning to every child at their school location every year. Children who grow up having their teeth cleaned will turn into adults who value the importance of yearly dental cleanings and check-ups. In return, those adults then understand the importance of routine dental care for their children and thus, the cycle for improved oral health care has begun.
You might remember chewing on a pink tablet in school when you were a kid. Your teeth became all pink and you knew you better start brushing better. Nothing is more effective at showing children the plaque on their teeth then disclosing tablets. Each child receives two tablets in their water bottle filled with dental supplies so they can practice brushing in the mirror knowing where the plaque is that needs to get brushed off.
How to use: Chew a tablet and let it mix with the saliva in your mouth, then swish the saliva around for about 30 seconds and spit it out. The pink dye will have stained the whitish plaque on your teeth and shows you exactly where you need to brush better.
Although Tooth B.U.D.D.S. provides a dental cleaning to students FREE OF CHARGE it should be noted that these services do NOT take the place of a full dental examination including x-rays. Please see your dental provider every 6 months for preventive dental hygiene services including a comprehensive exam and x-rays.