From babies all the way to the elderly, a family dentist can help everyone in a modern family to achieve their optimum state of oral and dental health. After all, oral health is not just your concern but also of everybody else in your family. You can look here for some of the more important dental care guidelines that can help ensure your family will have strong and healthy teeth and gums and relatively free from oral health problems.
Brush the teeth the correct way.
Brushing teeth the correct way can do a lot of good in helping you promote optimum dental health and prevent problems in both the teeth and gums. Make sure to brush every surface of the teeth including the front, back, top, and on the gum line. The average time you need to spend brushing the teeth is roughly 2 minutes. You can use a number of toothbrushing songs to both time your brushing and get you in the groove.
Brush the teeth at least twice every day with appropriate toothpaste.
Fluoridated toothpastes are highly recommended since they can improve the strength of the outer covering of the teeth. Even children can benefit from fluoridated toothpastes. However, if one is concerned about dental fluorosis, this can be easily managed by teaching children not to swallow their toothpaste and for them to spit it out. Brushing twice a day can lay the foundation for good oral health. In instances when it is not possible, you should gargle with clean water in an attempt to get rid of any food debris on the teeth. Brushing should be resumed as soon as possible.
Clean the areas between teeth at least once every day using a dental floss.
Brushing the teeth alone is sometimes not enough to remove particles that are stubbornly attached to the teeth, especially those that are lodged in small spaces in between the teeth. Dental floss can help in the removal of these particles. Other in-between-teeth cleaners can be used if dental floss is not available. Children can be taught how to use these dental cleaning devices properly.
Rinse the mouth with an alcohol-free mouthwash after every toothbrushing.
Using a mouthwash does not only give you fresher breath. It also helps neutralize many of the germs that may have already been dislodged by brushing and flossing. Rinsing the mouth with an appropriate mouthwash can help kill these germs to give your oral cavity a healthier state. However, it is important to stay away from mouth rinses that contain alcohol. These can irritate and dry the mucosa of the mouth. This can lead to more problems.
Avoid sugary snacks, if possible.
No matter how many times dentists and other professionals tell people to stay away from sugary snacks, it is inadvertent that they will still eat candies, crackers, cookies, biscuits, and other sweet and starchy snacks. While these are unavoidable, it is best to limit their consumption. If such is also not possible, then teaching everyone in the family to rinse their mouth or gargle with water right after eating such food items is a must. Drinking plenty of water can also help wash these food particles off the surface of the teeth. Ideally, however, you should brush your teeth right after eating these kinds of food.
Visit your family dentist every 6 months with or without problems in the oral cavity.
There is one behavior that needs to be modified immediately – the tendency of individuals to wait for problems to occur before they seek professional dental help. This mindset has to change. What families need to understand is that prevention and promotion are way better and more practical than waiting for problems to arise and have these treated. Dental treatments can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars which can put a significant strain on a family’s financial resources. Visiting a family dentist twice a year can help promote and maintain healthier teeth and gums for everyone in the family. It also allows you to manage certain risk factors that can lead to the development of teeth and gum problems.
Taking care of the oral health needs of everyone in the family shouldn’t be difficult. A family dentist can definitely help you.