Dentists are fond of reminding our patients of the importance of brushing on a regular basis, at least twice a day. A completely unscientific, random polling of the staff here at Dentistry For Children reveals that most of us brush immediately after waking up, and immediately before going to sleep. However, some of us brush after each meal, and that includes lunch.
This got us to wondering if there is ever a bad time to brush your teeth?
The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day and leaves it at that. Brushing at night before bedtime is especially important since it removes all of the plaque and food debris that has built up over the course of the day. Leaving any food or sugars on your teeth overnight, when they are especially susceptible to acid produced by cavity causing bacteria, is a big No No.
It’s often suggested that one brushes after eating which on the surface makes a lot of sense since one wants to remove any sticky substances that could remain on your teeth. However, studies have shown that you should wait 30 minutes before brushing after drinking soda, sports drinks or orange juice, and after eating very acidic foods (ie. tomato sauce). The combination of the acid with brushing can actually cause your teeth to lose enamel. Also, waiting to brush may allow the protective agents in saliva to help repair and rebuild tooth enamel damaged by acidity.
If you’re interested, here’s a link to an informative article:
Bottom line? Never brush immediately after an acidic meal or drink. Always wait at least 30 minutes.
Jen, one of our wonderful dental assistants here at Dentistry For Children, showed us a fun game on her iPhone. One would have thought that Jen performs enough dentistry in real life, that she wouldn’t find the need to play a virtual dental game, but apparently she finds it quite entertaining. The game is called “Little Dentist” and is available on iTunes. It allows you to work as a dentist and help different patients to solve their respective “issues” related to their teeth. Interesting…
While we are certainly not promoting or recommending this game by any means (and after reading some of the reviews, we wonder if it’s even worth downloading this free game), it got us thinking – how many dental games are there for mobile devices, and do people really play them?
A quick perusal of the iTunes store reveals at least 8 games with Dentistry in the title – Dentist Office, Little Dentist, Beauty Dentist, Tiny Dentist, Crazy Dentist, Dentist Game, The Future Dentist, Dentist Surgeons (listed in order based on the number of ratings from a high of 2977 ratings for Dentist Office, down to a measly 15 ratings for Dentist Surgeon). Interesting enough, Tiny Dentist claims that there have been over 2,000,000 downloads for their game.
Our takeaway from this decidedly unscientific research is that there appear to be a number of aspiring dentists out there in the word and that yes, people do indeed enjoy playing dentist. We tested out the Little Dentist game with our own children, and they seemed to find the game fascinating, and spent quite a few hours scaling teeth, placing fillings and extracting teeth. So if you’re looking for a new mobile game, try them out. You may even get your own children interested in dentistry as a career.
As for us, we’ll stick with the real stuff.