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Dental Health Tips to Keep Your Mouth and Smile Healthy

Our oral health is equally as important as our overall medical health. We use our teeth and mouth to digest and speak on a daily basis which is why it’s critical we learn to care for our teeth properly. We always want to ensure we clean all of our teeth not just some and that we are gentle when doing so.

As adults, we have more liberty to choose what we can eat and not. Some of the foods we want can be good for us while others not so much. It’s not to say you need to stop eating them, on the contrary, having them in moderation or sparingly can help us avoid running into future dental problems. Even as we eat the foods we shouldn’t, there are some tips we can make great use of to prevent dental problems and keep a healthy mouth. What kind of tips? Below we’ve listed healthy tips we can start applying to our daily oral hygiene routine.

Babies:

Babies rely on the help and care a parent gives when it comes to their teeth and gums. A baby requires the same attention as a teen and adult when cleaning their teeth. Even though their baby teeth are temporary, you want to ensure you avoid dental problems to their permanent teeth. Here are quick tips to consider when cleaning your child and feeding them.

  • Serve them naturally made juices (without sugar)
  • Don’t let them fall asleep with their baby bottle if it has juice or milk to avoid developing bottle decay.
  • With a wet cloth, gently clean their gums and tooth (until they are old enough to use a toothbrush).
  • Encourage them to eat snacks that are healthy for them (i.e., fruits, cheese, vegetables).
  • Visit a pediatric dentist once your child has turn one to ensure their teeth are developing properly and have healthy gums.

Adolescents:

When our kids get older, they have more freedom to choose the types of foods they can eat whether it is healthy or not. But we can influence it by having only healthy meals and snacks in the house. If you have a teen in the house, here are some helpful dental tips to remind them about.

  • Brush twice a day (especially before going to bed)
  • Floss your teeth once a day
  • Don’t neglect to clean your tongue (can lead to plaque build-up and bad odor)
  • Limit your intake of sugary and acidic drinks
  • Drink more water (esp. if you have eaten sugars, carbohydrates, and acidic foods)
  • Wear mouthguards when playing sports or at night
  • Visit your dentist annually for regular check-ups.

Adults:

With age, our health begins to decline, and that includes our oral health as well. We need to continue to take extra care of our teeth as we age to ensure our teeth continue to remain healthy and functioning. As we age, we want to continue to follow the same tips as an adolescent will.

  • Brush twice a day (especially before going to bed)
  • Floss your teeth once a day
  • Don’t neglect to clean your tongue (can lead to plaque build-up and bad odor)
  • Use mouthwash
  • Limit your intake of sugary and acidic drinks
  • Drink more water (esp. if you have eaten sugars, carbohydrates, and acidic foods)
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables (the crunchy, the better)
  • For dry mouth sip sugarless drinks or sugarless gum
  • Wear mouthguards at night if you clench or grind teeth
  • Visit your dentist annually for regular check-ups (twice a year)

When we are undergoing brace treatment or have dentures, we always want to ensure we are taking the proper measures to keep our teeth clean. At home, we can care for our teeth, but visiting the dentist is critical to preventing further dental complications as well as to examine our teeth and gums are healthy. If you need to visit the dentist, don’t wait to fill out our appointment  to book an appointment before the end of the year.  

 

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