Teeth are an important part of all of our day to day lives. Not only do teeth play an important physical function – helping us to consume the meals that we prepare – but they also have a huge impact on how we look. As you can imagine, this impacts other factors, such as our sense of self confidence. Now, there are basics that we all tend to complete when it comes to taking care of our teeth. We clean our teeth twice a day – morning and night. We use a good quality toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. We give them a good scrub to remove plaque and other dirt. We then floss and use a good mouthwash. We encourage our children to do the same to help train them into a good dental hygiene routine. But this isn’t where dental care ends. Instead, you need to make sure that you’re getting the right professional care for your teeth and your children’s teeth too! Here are some suggestions that should help.
Schedule a Check Up Once Every Six Months
First and foremost, you need to make sure that you and your children visit the dentist and hygienist once every six months. Some people will leave visits to once a year, but once every six months is recommended instead now. Going to the dentist once every six months will give them a chance to survey you and your family’s mouths and determine how you’re all doing. If everything is well, you will simply schedule your next visit and leave. However, this is a chance for your dentist to spot any issues, cavities or other problems and then schedule relevant care and procedures to resolve them. This could vary from fillings to root canals, crowns, dental implants and more. The hygienist will clean your mouth thoroughly, removing any build up or tartare that may have developed.
Choosing a Family Dentist
Of course, choosing the best family dentist will help to make this visit as palatable as possible for both you and your little ones. As you can imagine, having multiple dentists to visit – with different family members heading to different places – can be difficult, inconvenient and extremely time consuming. Instead, you may want to look for a family dentist who will be able to look at and treat all of your family members in one visit. Family dentists are trained in the same way as general dentists, having completed an undergraduate degree and attended dental school. However, they tend to have more experience with children and know how to soothe stressed little ones.
Teach Your Kids
Teaching your kids the importance of good dental care can help them to take the entire scenario more seriously and can encourage them to take care of their teeth. Don’t scare them, but show them some of the consequences of poor dental hygiene.
Hopefully, some of the above information should get you started out on the right track to taking the best care possible of your family’s teeth!
This is a contributed post.