Dental Health Tips from Rodeo Dental are an important part of oral hygiene, right along with brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups. Below are some basic dental health tips that you may want to include in your oral health routine.
- Tooth decay starts early. Clean your infant’s gums once each day with a washcloth or gauze to massage the gums.
- Your baby’s teeth to be taken care of too. Brush your infant’s teeth with a baby toothbrush using fluoride toothpaste. A pea-sized amount is sufficient.
- Let your kids see you brush your teeth. Show them how clean and shiny your smile is and encourage them to keep their teeth clean as well.
- Those carbonated beverages found in soda, sports and energy drinks have seen an increase in tooth decay in teens. Encourage your children to skip the carbonated drinks and opt for water.
- Mouth injuries in sports are responsible for nearly 5 million lost teeth every year. Schedule an appointment with Rodeo Dental for a custom made mouthguard for both group and individual sports.
- You can start teaching your three or four year old how to brush properly. However, you will need to follow up with additional brushing and gentle tooth flossing until seven or eight when your child can brush on his or her own.
- Schedule the first dental appointment when your baby turns one. Rodeo Dental will check for tooth decay and look for any developmental problems that may be present. Rodeo Dental will also create a positive experience for future visits.
- Find out if your town’s water supply is fluoridated. If not, talk to Rodeo Dental about fluoridated supplements such as toothpaste and mouthrinse.
- Brush your teeth for two minutes twice each day.
- Floss before brushing as it helps remove the plaque loosening food particles and debris.
- Schedule regular dental checkups twice each year for the whole family.
Drink milk as it contains calcium that can help build the enamel on your teeth.
Don’t use tobacco as it can cause gum disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and oral cancer.
- If you are pregnant pay close attention to your oral hygiene as changes in hormones can affect gum tissue and the flow of blood to the body.
- Mouthwash helps reduce plaque and gingivitis killing the germs that can cause halitosis, or bad breath. Mouthwash leaves your mouth feeling fresh and clean.
Keep the toothbrush uncovered after use as covering it can encourage bacteria and trap moisture. Make sure to use a mouthwash or rinse that is approved by the American Dental Association.
- Drink from the tap, as bottled water doesn’t have fluoride. If you can’t tolerate the taste, talk to Rodeo Dental about fluoride supplements.
If you would like more dental tips for the family, or would like to schedule an appointment, call or click and talk to Rodeo Dental today.