Daily Dental Care Tips
- Teeth can be wiped with a clean, damp cloth or a very soft brush. At about age 2, you can let kids try brushing for themselves although it’s important to supervise until age 7
- Seal off trouble. Permanent molars come in around age 6. Thin protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth can prevent decay in the pits and fissures
- Use a timer or brush along to a song to ensure your children are brushing for the correct amount of time.
- Make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride; it helps strengthen tooth enamel making it more resistant to decay.
- Take your child to the dentist early, as soon as their teeth start to appear, this will help them get used to the sights, sounds, and smells of a dental practice.
- Teenagers with braces may need to use special toothbrushes and other oral hygiene tools to brush their teeth. Talk to your dentist or orthodontist.
- Use of mouthwash
If you are looking for a good mouthwash then make sure it is alcohol-free, as alcohol is an irritant and can dry out the mouth
- Clean your tongue
A major cause of bad breath can actually come from bacteria building up on your tongue with a high percentage of it accumulating at the back, making it hard to reach
- Rinse or chew sugarless gum after meals
Block blows to teeth. Sports and recreational activities build healthy bodies, but they can pose a threat to teeth
- Brush last thing at night
- Change your toothbrush every 2-3 months
- Don’t smoke or use smokeless tobacco
- Eat smart.
At every age, a healthy diet is essential to healthy teeth and gums
- Avoid sugary foods.
When bacteria in the mouth break down simple sugars, they produce acids that can erode tooth enamel
- Make an appointment.
Most experts recommend a dental check-up every 6 months. Visiting a dental hygienist can help give you excellent tips and advice on preventing dental problems.