Dr. Farah's Dental Wisdom on Connect

ByTrinity MatiasDecember 29, 2023
In a recent "Ask the Expert" session on our Connect platform, families had the opportunity to gain insights from Dr. Farahnaz ‘Farah’ Shamsi, a dentist and mama of twins. Doc Farah, celebrated for her expertise and now a key figure at Connect, shared valuable tips for maintaining oral health in both children and adults. Here's a summary of the enlightening session:
1. Tooth Cleaning Frequency for Toddlers
Question: Mommy Ivy asked about the frequency of tooth cleaning for toddlers.
Doc Farah's Advice: Clean your toddler's teeth 2-3 times a day to maintain optimal oral health.
2. Dental Prophylaxis and Sensitivity Post-Pregnancy
Question: Mommy Miriam inquired about the ideal frequency for dental prophylaxis and handling tooth sensitivity post-pregnancy.
Doc Farah's Response: Adults should aim for dental prophylaxis twice a year. To address tooth sensitivity, especially after childbirth, focus on gentle oral care and consult your dentist for personalized advice.
3. Delayed Tooth Eruption and Strength
Question: Daddy Keith asked whether delayed tooth eruption leads to stronger teeth.
Doc Farah's Clarification: "Not really :)". The timing of tooth eruption doesn't necessarily correlate with tooth strength.
4. Using Electric Toothbrushes
Question: Mommy Jenny was curious about the use of electric toothbrushes.
Doc Farah's Perspective: "Using an electric toothbrush daily is generally safe and can be effective for oral hygiene. However, it's crucial to use proper technique, not apply excessive pressure, and replace the brush head regularly to avoid potential damage to teeth and gums."
5. Stopping Thumb Sucking
Question: Mommy Mary sought advice on how to stop thumb sucking, finger sucking, or pacifier use.
Doc Farah's Suggestions: "Breaking the thumbsucking habit can take time. Try positive reinforcement, praise when they don't suck their thumbs, and use a gentle reminder when you notice it. You can also involve them in choosing alternative activities to keep their hands busy. If the habit persists and causes concerns, consult your doctor."
6. Fluoride Toothpaste for Toddlers
Question: Mommy Rose asked about the necessity of fluoride in toothpaste for a 20-month-old.
Doc Farah's Recommendation: "Yes, use toothpaste with 1000ppm fluoride. Just make sure to use the right amount - a rice grain size, smear layer only."
7. Tackling Yellow Stains and Strengthening Teeth in Toddlers
Question: Mommy Kler inquired about removing yellow stains and vitamins for stronger teeth in a 1-year-old.
Doc Farah's Advice: Focus on maintaining good oral hygiene and consult a dentist for specific concerns. For strengthening teeth, Vitamins C and D are beneficial.
In wrapping up this insightful session with Doc Farah on Connect, we're reminded that good oral health is more than just a routine – it's a lifestyle choice that benefits our entire family. These practical tips from a dentist who's also a mom resonate with the daily realities and challenges we face in nurturing our children's health. As we apply these strategies in our homes, let's remember that they're steps towards fostering a lifelong commitment to wellness. 
For continued inspiration, support, and advice tailored to your family's unique needs, we invite you to explore the Connect platform in edamama. It's more than just a forum; it's a community where caring for our families' health becomes a shared journey filled with valuable insights and enriching experiences. Join us in embracing a holistic approach to dental health, where every smile tells a story of care and connection.