It is recommended to go to the dentist twice a year. This way, we can inspect your teeth and gums to make sure they are in the best condition possible. We can also give you some tips so you have the best oral hygiene for your mouth. This can result in a beautiful smile for years to come. The future of your happiness and your smile depends on several factors that include taking care of your teeth, getting annual checkups, fluoride treatments, and resolving any cavities or tooth ache pain. We can also keep your smile healthy by taking preventative measures and correct possible issues if they arise. Even small children should be taught the maintenance tips to ensure a lifelong healthy smile. It is advised to bring your child in when their teeth have erupted fully. When you practice good oral hygiene on a daily basis, your child will follow your lead.
How to have Proper Oral Hygiene
One of the most important things you can do for your teeth is to brush them. It is recommended to brush them at least twice a day. Ideally, you should try and brush your teeth after each meal, especially anything you eat that contains sugar or is sticky. Also remember to floss once a day. This helps remove food that could be stuck between your teeth. It will help reduce the chance for a cavity to form between the teeth. Beginning in infancy, teeth require proper oral hygiene in order to stay healthy. Even before your child has his first tooth, you should be cleaning his mouth with a soft cloth. Your baby should never be put in bed with a bottle. This would allow the liquids to sit on the teeth for extended periods and could lead to cavities and dental issues. From age six months to sixteen years old is approximately the most important time frame for preventing problems.
Fluoride Treatments can help
When brushing your teeth, make sure it is with fluoride toothpaste. Also make sure you have fluoride treatments regularly. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens your teeth enamel. It allows the teeth to be less susceptible to issues like cavities and gum infections. Water and some foods that are ingested contain fluoride, but the gel should be directly on the teeth for the best results. When you visit us for your cleaning, the fluoride may be applied by either brushing it on or by inserting it into a mouth guard for application. It is also important to continue fluoride treatments into adulthood.
Do not ignore small issues
Having toothache pain could be a sign that there is infection from simple decay or a cavity starting to form. Gum disease can also cause pain that feels like a toothache. Sometimes the toothache pain will feel like all of your teeth are affected. We can examine the teeth and take x-rays so we can locate the exact source of the pain. By coming in when the tooth is starting to hurt, you can help prevent much larger issues from forming, such as a root canal. If you ever have any questions, always make sure to contact us. This way you can have the best smile possible, while also keeping your teeth and mouth clean.