Child Friendly Dental Supplies

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By Jeniffer Page and Orien Dental

brushteethWith so many dentistry supplies on the market, it can be difficult to determine what is suitable to give children whose teeth might still be developing. As we have seen in the media, not every product marketed towards children has the child’s best interests in mind or is even good for them to begin with. Experienced dental suppliers Orien Dental takes a look at some of the most common dental supplies and provides information on how to choose the best products for use by children.

Toothpaste

An essential part of any person’s oral hygiene routine, toothpaste comes in many different colours, flavours and textures. The active ingredients, those being fluoride and a mild abrasive substance – the part of toothpaste that dislodges food from between teeth and polishes the teeth – are typically consistent across the board. The differences between the brands often come down to the various thickeners, flavours and sweeteners that are also found in toothpaste. When it comes to child-friendly toothpaste products, look for those that are sugar-free and low in fluoride (to avoid the onset of fluorosis that’s caused by swallowing toothpaste). In fact, many health care professionals and dental suppliers recommend not giving toothpaste to children up to 18 months old because of their likelihood to swallow it. However, if you would like your child to use a safe toothpaste, then as your dental supplier we would recommend the Paroamin kids toothpaste. This is a child-friendly toothpaste that’s SLS free and is recommended from 0 to 10 years, with a low fluoride content of 250ppm. For children over 10 years, we recommend the Paroamin toothpaste for adults. This has a higher fluoride content of 1250pp and is also SLS free.

Mouthwash

Mouthwash products come in a wide variety of fun colours and flavours, making the temptation among children to try them out as part of their oral hygiene pretty strong. But are they safe for children to use?

Essentially, most dental practitioners will recommend that children six and under do not use mouthwash products. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, they might not be ready to manage the motions of swishing the liquid in their mouth and spitting it out (they might instead swallow it), and secondly, mouth rinses contain fluoride, and too much of this as their teeth are developing can lead to fluorosis. Once the child is at an age that they can manage the rinsing and spitting motions and their teeth have formed, they can move onto a mouthwash product that is free of sugar and alcohol (found in numerous mouthwashes). Between the ages of 6 and 12, children should rinse only under adult supervision, and they should learn that rinsing should complement rather than act as a substitute for brushing and flossing.

H2: Flossing

How early should a child start flossing their teeth? ‘As early as they are able to manage it’ is what many professionals suggest. The benefits of flossing, particularly the dislodgement of food between teeth that might otherwise cause dental problems, and the prevention of halitosis (bad breath), make it a worthwhile practice to get into early. By the age of 8, children should be able to comfortably use floss and incorporate it into their oral hygiene routine.

As one of Australia’s premier dental supply specialists, Orien Dental Supplies is able to provide dental practitioners, hospitals, retailers and other organisations with an extensive range of dentistry supplies for adults and children. Whether you’re looking for dental supplies in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, or elsewhere in Australia, you can trust Orien Dental Supplies to accommodate your needs. Order your dental supplies online today.

10 Health-Friendly Exercises For Seniors

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By Julia Dennis

seniorcoupleexercisesmallWhen senior citizens go without sufficient exercise, they often lose motor skills, muscles power and their independence. The older you get, the more intimidating workouts may appear to be. However, since exercise science experts have been increasingly crafting fitness programs specifically for the senior population, older adults have no reason to fear fitness activity. Fitness and recreation centers are offering unique offerings, such as Zumba for seniors and martial arts programs uniquely tailored for senior fitness needs.

Here are 10 fun options to keep people in their golden years healthy and in shape.

Pilates

A mind-body activity designed to increase flexibility and provide resistance training, Pilates can help seniors correct their posture, improve breathing and become stronger. Some seniors even report that they’ve gained a few inches in height by learning to lengthen their bodies and extend their skeletal frame while using a Pilates bench. While laying on the bench, seniors can push against the machine to strengthen legs, arms and core stomach muscles. Pilates is so low-impact and is safe enough to do four to five times a week.

Tai Chi

Using deep breathing and languid motion, Tai Chi can reportedly help seniors boost lung capacity, lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and normalize blood pressure. It can also improve psychological mood, staving off depression. The ancient Chinese exercise uses visualization, meditation and body mechanics to harness and direct energy. Seniors can increase their balance and lower body strength.

Golfing

Using lightweight graphite clubs, senior citizens with limited power and range of motion can still enjoy a day on the green. A once-a-week golf date may help seniors burn a significant number of calories (over 700 for a typical 9-hole course) and fight heart disease.

Bicycling

Bicycling can strengthen knees, increase leg strength and improve the heart rate for seniors. While some seniors do indeed cycle outdoors, the best option is to use a level indoor track or a stationary bicycle. Seniors who’ve been active for years can cycle 30 minutes a day. Those who are newly active should aim for 10 minutes on a stationary bike three days a week. If pedaling forward is too overwhelming, experts recommend that novice seniors began with backward cycling.

Swimming

Seniors can hit the pool or the ocean to explore the health benefits of swimming. In addition to strengthening the heart, swimming can help seniors improve their breathing and recover or retain lean leg and arm muscles. To avoid overexertion, seniors should limit themselves to simple strokes, such as the breaststroke, and swim slowly for no more than 30 minutes a session. This can be done two or three times a week.

Zumba for Seniors

Featuring dance-based aerobics set to Latin merengue or salsa music, Zumba is often taught at a slowed-down pace for seniors, catering to growing masses of grandmas and grandpas who want to sway hips and move to a sensual dance beat. While the physical movements boosts the heart rate, remembering the steps and routines helps with memory, doctors say. Try this on weekends, either at a fitness gym or a supper club with a dance floor.

Yoga

Yoga is beneficial for senior psyches and bodies due to its focus on stress-relieving postures and movements, such as the Corpse Pose, which is the ultimate in relaxation and involves lying supine on the floor. Other poses involve standing on one leg for balance and stretching outward pr skyward in order to improve agility. Yoga can be enjoyed by seniors three to five times weekly.

Walking

familywalkSeniors can gain a multitude of benefits from sauntering around the block or shopping center two to three times a week for 45 minutes per walking session. Studies show that walking can help older people keep their mobility, fight diabetes, reduce blood pressure and fight osteoporosis by fortifying bones.

Strength Training

In addition to aerobic activity, seniors also need to strengthen muscles so that they can continue to open doors, carry groceries, do household chores and maintain their ability to be free and independent.. The typical way to build strength is to use resistance bands, resistance machines with adjustable levels of difficulty or free weights, ranging from five to 10 pounds. Doctors recommend that older individuals limit strength training to just twice a week.

Water Aerobics

For seniors with hypertension and bad joints, doing aerobics in the water is a calming experience that relieves pain and lowers the potential for exercise-related blood pressure spikes. Seniors develop better balancing skills and the water-based resistance encourages lean muscle development. Start out by using water shoes to slowly saunter around the perimeter of the pool. Then, amp up the workout by doing arm lifts and downward pushes. Underwater squats and lungs can work out the legs.

– Julia Dennis writes about Eco Friendly assisted living communities and other assisted living topics for Friendship Village. When she’s not writing she enjoys running and spending time with her children