Healthy Smiles, Healthy Families
Good oral health is important at every age. Healthy teeth and gums signify more than an attractive smile—it often reflects good general health, confidence and a personal sense of well-being. Proper oral hygiene starting at home can help protect your family’s teeth from cavities and prevent gum disease.
The following tips can help your family reach optimal oral health to promote a lifetime of healthy smiles:
1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene
The health of your smile is a reflection of how well you take care of your teeth and gums. It should go without saying that you and your family should brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss daily to remove plaque build up from the large surfaces of the teeth and under the gums. Most of us learn these habits as children, and that’s why it’s important for parents to play an active role in helping kids learn the proper techniques for brushing and flossing.
2. Snacking & Tooth Decay
Frequent snacking can be your mouth’s biggest enemy. That’s because when sugars or starches in your mouth come in contact with plaque, the acids produced can attack teeth for several minutes after you finish eating. Repeated attacks can break down the enamel on the surface of teeth, fueling tooth decay. To prevent cavities, consume sugary foods and drinks with meals rather than in between. If you must snack throughout the day, then brush immediately after to cleanse the mouth of food.
Along with limiting how frequently you eat, you should also pay attention to the types of foods and drinks your family is consuming. Limit your intake of sugary, starchy foods, and replace them with healthy choices, such as raw vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains.
Teeth are attacked by plaque daily. The acids produced by plaque weaken the enamel, which eventually leads to decay. That’s why it is important to make sure you are getting enough fluoride. Fluoride is absorbed into the enamel, helping to repair and prevent cavities. Some children may benefit from fluoride supplements. Ask Gateway Dental Centre, PC about the best fluoride treatment plan for your family at your next visit.
4. Check ups
Regular visits to your West Chicago dentist are a very important part of maintaining good dental health. The American Dental Association recommends scheduling dental appointments twice a year. A professional dentist can detect problems in their earliest stages, and will make sure your kids’ teeth are developing properly as they grow. Gateway Dental Centre, PC can clean the areas of your teeth that regular brushing can’t, helping you avoid unnecessary cavities and dental treatment.
If you neglect the care of your teeth at home and fail to go to the dentist regularly, accumulated plaque could potentially lead to the development of tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. The good news is that being diligent about your dental health care at home and by seeing your dentist on a regular basis, you and your family will be more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.