Family Dental Tips

10 Helpful Tips to Keep Your Family’s Smiles Healthy

There are so many reasons why you cherish your family’s smiles. Keeping them clean and healthy through regular dental care will help them avoid painful toothaches, gum disease, and other medical problems.

Don’t brush off how important healthy teeth and gums are to your family’s health. Fortunately, our family dental tips can help ensure their teeth stay healthy and clean.

Family Dental Health Should Start Early

Once those first sets of pearly whites appear in your baby’s gummy mouth, it’s time to start taking care of them. One out of four children will have tooth decay in their baby teeth before the time they start school, and by middle school nearly half of children will have cavities. The sooner you can encourage a lifestyle of caring for their teeth, the better.

Use the Right Technique

The right family dental care technique can vary depending on the age of your family. For infants, a damp cloth or a soft brush can be used. Toddlers often insist on brushing their own teeth, but will need supervision to ensure they get the hard to reach places. Even older kids need some reinforcement about dental care from time to time.

Fluoride Keeps Teeth Strong

Fluoride is an important ingredient for dental health, as it strengthens tooth enamel and helps fight decay. Three fourths of all Americans drink fluoridated water, helping to ensure stronger and healthier teeth. If your water is not fluoridated, you can speak with your dental professional, who may be able to suggest or provide fluoride toothpastes, applications, or supplements to keep your teeth healthy.

Sealants Protect Young Teeth

When the permanent molars come into your child’s mouth at around age 6, it is time to consider applying sealants to them. By applying these thin protective coatings on these teeth you can significantly reduce tooth decay and help ensure a healthy smile.

Never Too Young for Flossing

Flossing is a beneficial and important aspect of dental health, regardless of age. As soon as teeth touch each other, food and plaque will build up between teeth. Technique and consideration for age is important here too. Many toddlers can use their own little-kid flossers with some supervision to ensure each side of the tooth is cleaned.

Dental Visits Every 6 Months for Everyone

Stay on track with dental visits for everyone in your family. Ideally, everyone should be seeing the dentist every 6 months. Early detection of any issues such as tooth decay or gum disease makes treatment easier and less expensive.

Take Care of Your Teeth Twice a Day

Ensuring teeth are cleaned a minimum of twice a day will help to reduce plaque, deter gum disease, and ward off tooth decay.

Healthy Snacks for a Healthy Smile

A well balanced diet of whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, dairy, and grain products, will ensure a strong and healthy smile. Avoid sugary drinks and snacks, and encourage rinsing or brushing afterwards to ward off tooth decay.

Playing Sports? Use a Mouth Guard

If your child plays a sport that may involve injury, make sure they wear an appropriate mouth guard to protect their teeth. These are available at sporting goods stores or your dental office. Keep in mind home activities like rollerblading or skateboarding can pose a danger to teeth as well, and plan accordingly.

Don’t Smoke or Use Smokeless Tobacco

Not only does tobacco stain teeth, but it also significantly increases your risk of gum disease and oral cancer. Consider quitting if you currently smoke, and talk to your children about the dangers of smoking.

Most tooth decay and gum disease can be avoided by ensuring your family practices good dental hygiene. A lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth only takes a few minutes of your time each day.

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8 thoughts on “10 Helpful Tips to Keep Your Family’s Smiles Healthy

  1. I like the recommendation to use the right technique for brushing teeth, especially since my children are rather young and are just learning to care for their teeth themselves. It’s important to me that they don’t get many cavities or have any tooth pain. I’ll have to make sure and watch over them once they start brushing independently. Thanks for the post!

  2. I like that you pointed out that you aren’t too young to floss. My nephew is just starting to get his baby teeth and I wonder if his parents know this. It does seem like it would be a good idea for them to start taking him to a family dentist as well.

  3. Fluoride is something that I haven’t thought about in a while. My daughter has just barely reached the age where this might be something she should be taking, so I appreciate the reminder. It is good to know that flossing should be taught to kids as soon as they can understand it. I will try to make this a priority for my children, thank you!

  4. I appreciate your tip to make sure your family is using the right technique when they brush. I used to brush too hard and it weakened my gums, so our family dentist had to get after me a couple of times for brushing too hard. I’ve heard that having all of your family go to the same family dentist is best practice, is that true?

  5. I didn’t realize that fluoride could keep your teeth strong. I can see how using this could help you save a lot of money and pain. I will make sure to ask my dentist about this and what the best way to apply fluoride to your teeth is. Thank you for the tips.

  6. I like what this article mentions about the kids always being old enough for flossing. My kids are known for having some unhealthy dental habits and I want to change that. I’ll have to remember to get them into flossing to make sure their teeth stay healthy, especially over the holidays.

  7. I agree that having your family go to the dentist every six months can greatly benefit them. I can see how keeping this in mind can help you not only keep your teeth in good conditions but also help find any potential problem early on and be able to fix them. I would want to find a family dentist that is able to work with the smallest of my kids as well as the oldest. I will make sure to do this once I find the right dentist for my family, thank you.

  8. I like that you mentioned that nobody is too young for flossing. If your children are starting to grow their teeth in then you might want to get them in the habit of flossing. I think that if you start them flossing early then you might have an easier time getting them to floss later in life.

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