Good oral health requires a daily commitment to hygiene and a good diet. When it comes to the family, hygiene habits are in the hands of parents, and it’s their job to show children proper dental care techniques. There’s no doubt parents understand this responsibility, but it can be difficult to get children to brush their teeth or replace unhealthy snacks with healthier options. Consider the following tips to improve your own or your child’s oral health:
Healthy Diet for Healthy Teeth
The key culprit in decay and poor oral health is processed sugar. This ingredient is used extensively and affects every age group. Limiting intake of foods with excessive amounts of sugar will have a positive effect on dental and general health. Replace sugary beverages, such as sodas, sports drinks, sweet coffees, and juices with water. Snacks such as chips, pretzels, and even salted nuts have large amounts of sugar and sodium, both of which wear down teeth enamel. Try to eat more fruit and vegetables and reduce the frequency of your snacking.
Rather than cutting unhealthy snacks and drinks from your or your children’s diets immediately, which kids can be resistant to, consider slowly changing out these items so your children are more receptive to the modification. Regardless of the dietary changes you make, you can reduce the negative effects of unhealthy foods by rinsing with water or brushing your teeth directly after eating.
Daily Hygiene Guidelines
Many of our habits are established when we are young. Whether we were instructed to brush for the full two minutes, or floss once a day, an effective routine can be different for everyone. It’s important that proper brushing and flossing habits are pursued now, and that children are guided through this process. These care habits support and maintain teeth for many years, potentially a lifetime. The brushing and flossing guidelines are as follows:
Brush Twice a Day
Hold the Brush at a 45-degree angle
Brush for Two Minutes
Floss at Least Once
Mouth Rinses are Recommended
It’s important to start caring for teeth early on, as soon as your child’s teeth begin to show. By the time they have most of their teeth, start flossing for them until they can successfully do so for themselves. To make it easier, you can use alternative flossing tools, such as water picks, platypus flossers, or floss sticks.
For Complete Care, Visit Your Dentist
Even those with a meticulous approach to hygiene and nutrition, not every dental health issue can be prevented. A dentist will make sure that mild issues do not become severe problems and provide treatments that preserve your natural smile. For excellent dental care you can rely on, call O’Hara Dental, a family practice. Our dentists and staff want to keep every smile beautiful. Schedule an appointment today!