Sparkling smiles and strong teeth are just two reasons why you need to keep your family’s dental health a priority. Fortunately, with modern dentistry and some common sense, it doesn’t take a lot to make this happen. Let’s look at a few ways you can ensure your family’s dental health remains strong for years to come.
Practice Twice Daily Brushing
Brushing your teeth twice a day is the basis for good dental health. It helps remove food particles from around your teeth and gums. It helps keep your smile white and bright. It helps to prevent tooth decay.
Use a Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride helps strengthen the enamel in your teeth. If you live in a major urban or suburban area, your water likely contains fluoride already. You can also get fluoride from most toothpastes and even some oral rinses.
Demonstrate Good Dental Practices
Children learn from their parents. If the parents practice good oral hygiene, children will often follow. The younger you start a child with good habits, the more likely that kid will continue those habits throughout life.
Use Floss at Least Once a Day
Floss gets the fine particles away from the surface of your tooth. Using floss at least once a day will help prevent scale from building up. It will also prevent decay from setting into the fine fissures on the surface of the tooth.
Rinse after Every Meal
When you eat food, fine particulates of food remain between the teeth and under the gum line. You can help remove these particulates by swishing your mouth with water or an antibacterial rinse. You can also chew sugar-free gum to promote saliva production, which naturally rinses the teeth.
Don’t Use Tobacco
That means no smoking and no use of chewing tobacco. First, use of tobacco causes oral cancer and increases the chance of gum disease. Second, tobacco stains the teeth. Demonstrate good dental habits by quitting smoking and counseling your children never to start.
A balanced diet helps promote a healthy immune system and reduces inflammation. Those, in turn, help gums remain healthy and strong. Avoiding, or limiting, sugary foods is also essential for good oral health. Bacteria in the mouth turn sugars into acids, which can damage a tooth’s enamel.
Regular dental checkups are also essential for good oral health. Give us a call today to set your next appointment.