Keeping our family’s teeth clean and healthy may seem to be a challenge at times. With hectic schedules and failure to recognize the impact of healthy smiles on our overall well-being, it can be tempting to neglect all but our most basic dental needs.
A deeper understanding of the benefits that ideal oral health provide makes prioritizing routine hygiene easier for you and your family. There are many beneficial aspects to establishing a lifelong routine for yourself and your family, and these insights provide a great foundation to build on.
Starting at the Beginning
If you are a parent, you can establish effective oral hygiene habits early to give your kids a clear advantage. By celebrating new teeth and spending quality time together taking care of them, you instill a positive association between their self-esteem and their smile.
Having the tools to brush and floss available throughout the day gives both kids and adults the opportunity to care for their teeth after each meal and snacks. Children (and adults) should learn to limit their sugar intake and brush after eating or drinking sweet foods and beverages.
If your child doesn’t brush for the full two minutes, encourage them by brushing together and invest in a motorized toothbrush. Implement a reward system for maintaining oral hygiene and educate them on the consequences of inadequate care. Always praise them for a job well done.
Be sure the whole family is flossing daily. Nighttime flossing is most beneficial.
Establish a Trusting Relationship with the Dentist
It’s important for adults and children to include regular dental visits in a healthy oral hygiene routine. Your dentist can spot signs of systemic health issues in the teeth, gums, and other soft tissues.
Introduce your child to a dentist you trust before a problem arises to build a good relationship. Visiting the dentist every six months makes dental care a predictable and positive experience while skipping dental appointments often results in painful dental emergencies and potential phobias.
Correct Dental Problems
If someone in your family has dental issues such as misalignment or missing teeth, these need to be addressed promptly. Straight teeth allow better dental care, digestion, and an overall healthier smile.
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that feed on sugars and create plaque. When teeth are not thoroughly cleaned, plaque hardens into tartar, which only a professional cleaning can remove. Left alone, tartar leads to cavities and gum disease.
Deal with Dental Emergencies Quickly
If you do experience a dental emergency for any reason, don’t delay receiving professional care. Trying to treat a cavity or dental injury at home almost always makes the situation worse and leads to preventable complications.
Why Healthy Teeth Matter
Remember these three things:
- Your oral health directly affects your overall health. Heart disease, respiratory problems, diabetes, and other systemic illnesses have all been linked to the oral bacteria that cause tooth decay and periodontal disease.
- A beautiful smile is a big part of the impression you leave on others. It allows you to express yourself authentically and with confidence.
- Poor oral hygiene leads to decay, gum disease, and the loss of teeth.
We hope this information helps you and your family prioritize your oral health so that you can enjoy a brilliant and confident smile. Learn more by calling Foothills Family Dental today.