It’s a new year, and many of us have made resolutions. Often, resolutions involve a health kick of some sort. Usually, it’s shifting those holiday pounds or trying to get into exercise. It’s great to try and get in shape and improve your diet, but what about safeguarding your smile? If you haven’t already made your resolutions, why not focus on ensuring your family has beautiful, sparkling smiles? Here are some essential dental tips that can benefit every family.
Teeth Cleaning Tips
If you have young children, it’s advisable to get them used to brushing their teeth from an early age. Encourage them to hold the brush as soon as they able to, and show them what to do. Supervise brushing, and help out when necessary. If you find that your kids are reluctant to clean their teeth twice a day, try and make it fun. Nobody wants to battle with their children when they’re trying to get everyone out of the door in the morning. Make up games, brush together as a family, and consider investing in child-friendly toothbrushes and toothpaste products. It’s amazing the impact a TV or film character can have!
You may have been brushing your teeth for years, but have you perfected the technique? Just because you clean your teeth twice a day doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re doing a good job. When you brush, it’s important to make sure that you cover each individual tooth. Use a brush with a small head to reach into the corners, and don’t brush too hard. If you do this, you can damage your enamel. Try and clean your teeth for at least 2 minutes twice a day. If you don’t think you’re brushing for long enough, set a timer on your phone, or put a song on and brush until the end.
Once you’ve brushed, take a minute to floss. Flossing helps to target the areas that you can’t reach with a brush, like the cracks between your teeth.
Seeing Your Dentist
It’s important for adults and children to see their dentist on a regular basis. If you’re not already registered, look for local offices that offer family dentistry online, or ask friends or colleagues for recommendations. Regular dental checks reduce your risk of gum disease and decay, and it’s really useful to get kids used to the sounds and smells of the treatment room when they’re young. Most dentists recommend check-ups every 6-12 months.
Adopting a Tooth-Friendly Diet
Your diet is one of the most influential factors when it comes to oral health. Try and avoid sugary and acidic foods and drinks, especially between meals. Drink plenty of water, and hit your daily calcium intake. The RDA is 1000 mg for adults and 1000-1300 mg for children. If you have any questions about nutrition, your dentist will be happy to help.
We all want to show off strong, healthy, radiant teeth when we smile. These simple tips will keep your teeth and gums healthy, and ensure you have sparkling smiles for years to come.