Dental care should be a number one priority in any family. When everyone has a good oral health care routine, everyone will have a healthy smile. In fact, good oral health is closely linked with good overall health. A good oral health care routine is important for each member of the family, including young children, teenagers, parents and older ones. No matter your age, caring for your teeth should be important.
As with all other things, when the parents set the right example, other individuals in the family will follow suit. Parents need to provide instruction on how their children can take care of their teeth. This is going to include instructions on how to properly brush, floss and maintain the teeth. It is important to brush the teeth at least twice a day. Parents should get their children in the routine of doing this in the morning and before going to bed at night. Children should also learn to floss at least once a day. If a person has special circumstances, like they wear braces, they may need to brush and floss more often.
Getting regular checkups at the office of Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS should also be a top priority in your family. One of the reasons why going to the dentist at least twice a year is so important is because a dentist will be able to monitor the teeth of each individual in the family. When our dentist is able to diagnose cavities, gum disease and oral health issues early, she is able to nip the problem in the bud. She can treat it before it becomes a big problem. For example, it is much easier to treat a small cavity than it is to deal with a cavity that requires extensive dental work, like a root canal. Just think about how much time, money and stress it saves a person to have a small cavity treatment than it does to have extensive dental work done.
In addition to regularly cleaning the teeth and visiting our office, getting the right nutrition in the diet is extremely important for good dental health for the entire family. The parents or other individuals in the household who are responsible for planning and making meals should be sure that everyone is eating a balanced diet. In addition to keeping the teeth clean, nutrition is one of the biggest things that plays a role in having healthy teeth.
There are small steps that parents can take to contribute to the good health of their children’s teeth as well as their own teeth. For example, look at the snacks you feed your children. Foods that are sticky and sugary are not considered good for the teeth. However, if you include snacks like carrot sticks, sliced apples and popcorn without butter, your children will love the snacks and their teeth will benefit.
Proper dental care for the entire family is important. It saves you time and money. It also contributes to good oral and overall health. Our team at Chestnut Family Dentistry in Asheville is committed to helping your whole family smile brighter. Contact us today to schedule a dental appointment.