Creating Good Oral Health Habits For Your Whole FamilyFriday, December 1st, 2017
It can be intimidating trying to encourage everyone in your family to maintain good habits, especially when it comes to their teeth. Fortunately, it’s surprisingly simple as long as you establish a routine and stay consistent with your habits.
At Advanced Smile Arts, we’re passionate about helping families take care of their teeth and gums. A healthy mouth is important for good overall health. You can learn more about creating good family oral health habits below.
Establish A Family Oral Health Routine
The keys to establishing a family oral health routine are to start early and stay consistent. One in four children will have signs of tooth decay before they even start school and half of all kids between the ages of 12 and 15 will have a cavity!
It’s especially important for the future of your child’s oral health to teach good habits early on and maintain those habits as they grow up. Getting the whole family involved is a great way to do just that!
Cleaning Baby Teeth
You should start taking care of your child’s teeth as soon as their first baby tooth pokes through, usually around 6 months. However, it doesn’t hurt to gently wipe their gums with a washcloth after meals before their teeth come in.
It’s recommended you use a soft toothbrush specifically designed for baby teeth to clean your baby’s teeth. You can continue to use a clean, damp wash cloth as well.
It’s important to clean your little one’s teeth at least twice a day and after meals, as needed. You can start flossing their teeth as soon as they have two teeth together.
Maintaining Healthy Oral Habits
As your little one gets older, it’s a good idea to supervise their oral hygiene routine to ensure they’re properly and efficiently cleaning their teeth. Encourage independence by allowing your child to brush their own teeth and assist or finish the job as needed. It’s also a good idea to brush your own teeth alongside your little one to make it a family “activity” and to set a good example.
Encourage Healthy Eating & Drinking Habits
A healthy, well-balanced diet is important for healthy teeth and gums at every age. A well-balanced diet consists of whole, natural foods whenever possible. That means filling your family’s plates with grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products at mealtimes.
A well-balanced diet will provide each family member with the nutrients they need for healthy teeth and a healthy body overall.
According to some researchers, it’s also beneficial to add omega-3 fatty acids to your diet whenever possible to potentially reduce inflammation and lower the risk of gum disease. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and more.
Avoid Sugary Foods & Drinks
While a well-balanced diet is essential to good overall health, it’s also important to practice moderation and limit the consumption of sugary foods and drinks. Fruit juices, soft drinks, candy, and other sweets can affect your tooth enamel.
When the bacteria in your mouth break down the sugars in these simple foods, acid is produced that can eat away at your tooth enamel and put you at a higher risk for tooth decay. Sticky candies are especially harmful because they tend to stick to the surface of your teeth, exposing your mouth to bad bacteria and acid for a longer period of time.
Schedule A Dentist Visit With Your Family Today!
At Advanced Smile Arts, we can make it a bit easier to take care of your family’s oral health. Instead of having to schedule individual appointments for each member of your family, we can find a day and time to fit everyone in for a dental cleaning at the same time. We’re more than happy to save you time and make things more convenient for you!
To learn more about oral health care for your whole family call our Danville, IL office. Call (217) 703-4536 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!
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