Preventing dental problems requires forethought, effort and consistency. While it is possible for families to take the steps to prevent things like dental decay and dental damage, prevention takes time. If you know what steps to take, it is relatively easy to keep up oral health. Use our guide to keep your family on track.
Routine dental care guide for your family
It can be easier to remain in good health and stay focused, by implementing a schedule. With that in mind, our guide uses an adjustable sample schedule that people can use or alter for personal preference.
#1. Visit the dentist every August/September and every March.
It is wise to visit the dentist twice a year for bi-annual teeth cleanings. These cleanings are necessary for keeping teeth in good oral health because it allows us to remove plaque and tartar (two things that cause decay and infections) while watching for signs of a dental problem. If we notice soft spots or signs of decay, we can treat them immediately. We can also prevent things like a future toothache or dental emergencies. These appointments are relatively quick and also provide patients the opportunity to ask questions about oral health.
#2. Schedule fluoride treatments every three to six months
Children who are suffering from oral health problems need to receive regular fluoride treatments. In some cases, we can perform these treatments every three months, between regular dental exams. Fluoride treatments help to strengthen teeth and reduce the likelihood of cavities forming. Fluoride only takes a few minutes to brush on so these fast appointments can be one of the easiest things a parent can do to improve their child’s oral health.
#3. Have a mouthguard created, then fitted every September
A mouthguard should be worn by anyone who plays sports. It serves as a protective barrier between the teeth and any incoming fly balls or elbows. Wearing a mouthguard can make it possible to avoid having a cracked, chipped or knocked out a tooth. Once created, it should be fitted on an annual basis to ensure that it is still secure and snug. If a child is growing, they may need to have a new one created every year.
#4. Schedule dental appointments at the first sign of a problem
Outside of preventive care, it is necessary to schedule a dental appointment any time that there is a dental emergency like a toothache, bleeding gums or a tooth becomes damaged. Scheduling an appointment at the first sign of an emergency is an important step for preventing extensive dental problems. This is an important part of our dental care guide because failing to address an emergency quickly can result in long-term health problems.
#5. Brush and floss daily
Keep teeth healthy and clean by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. By removing plaque and food particles, the chances of developing tooth decay or gum disease will be greatly reduced.
#6. Have teeth whitened every spring
Many adult patients benefit from having a bright white and beautiful smile. Scheduling a teeth whitening appointment on an annual or biannual basis can ensure that a smile continues to look bright and beautiful.
#7. Replace missing teeth immediately
Replacing missing teeth right away is important for long-term oral health and the stability of the jawbone. When a tooth falls out, the process of resorption begins where the body will leech calcium from the bones to be used elsewhere. Replacing it is the best way to combat this problem.
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