The vast majority of people who leave our dental office forget about everything they learned and go back to the same oral health practices that led to them having a cavity or dental problems in the first place. The best way for you to prevent unwanted visits to our office, and the best way for you to prevent your child from having unwanted visits, is by taking preventative dentistry seriously.
What is Preventative Dentistry?
Preventative dentistry involves taking care of your teeth and taking care of your child’s teeth as a way of keeping them healthy. When you follow the recommendations that are provided by our dentist and you brush your teeth, floss your teeth and use mouthwash, you are able to avoid gum disease, cavities and a whole host of other unwanted dental issues.
Children, especially toddlers, do not have the awareness, coordination or discipline to engage in preventative care. For this reason, they rely heavily on their parents’ ability to help them care for their teeth.
This preventative care for your children will include things like daily brushing, daily flossing and biannual visits to our office. All of these practices are designed to help you and your child keep your teeth clean and strong. At the same time, this allows parents the opportunity to teach their child proper oral hygiene from an early age.
Brushing the Teeth Every Day
This seems like common sense. However, dentists are surprised by the number of parents and the number of children who do not brush their teeth on a daily basis. According to the American Dental Association, you should brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste. Additionally, you should replace your toothbrush at least four times every year. Do not forget to brush your tongue. This is going to prevent bacteria from building up in the mouth, and it’s also going to help you keep your breath fresh.
Flossing the Teeth Every Day
Flossing helps to clean out the spaces in between your teeth. But are you flossing in the right way? Ask our dentist for a demonstration to make sure that you are flossing correctly.
Learn More About Preventative Dentistry
Preventative dental care is key for both you and your children. Make visiting the dentist biannually a routine. If your children get into this routine now, going to the dentist is something that they will do regularly as they get older.