You have so many great reasons to keep your family`s teeth and gums healthy. That is not a very difficult task, however it requires commitment and strong will. Here are some tips that can help you reach the goal:
- Develop healthy habits with your children and start early. Dental care begins as soon as child`s first tooth appears. Regular dental visits start with your child at the age of three or sooner
- Seal the permanent molars. Permanent molars erupt at the age of six. Thin protective coating (sealant) applied to the chewing surfaces on the molars can prevent decay in grooves/fissures
- Use fluorides. Fluoride strengthens enamel, making it less likely to breakdown or develop decay. There are different ways your child can be exposed to fluorides – topically and systemically. Most common ways are fluoride containing toothpastes, application of fluoride varnish at every periodic examination as well as fluoride containing mouthwashes.
- Brush twice a day for 2-3 minutes and floss daily. Toothbrushes are not “one size fits all”. Find the one that is right for your specific dental needs and change it 3-4 times a year.
- Oral rinse/sugar free chewing gums. Antibacterial rinse significantly prevents decay and gum inflammation. Sugar free gums stimulate salivary flow without increasing the risk for decay.
- Prevent dental injuries and trauma. If you or your child is engaged in sports activities it is advisable to use mouthguard that is custom fitted and can prevent injuries to teeth and oral tissues.
- Don`t smoke! Smoking significantly increases your chance to contract periodontal disease and/or oral cancer.
- Maintain healthy diet.
- Limit frequency of intake of fermentable carbohydrates (sugars).
- Have regular dental appointments, examinations and prophylactic visits at least once every six months.
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