Stonebriar Family Dentistry
3685 Preston Rd., Ste. 145
Frisco, TX 75034

Dental Care Routine: Do You Have One?

September 15, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Chitre

Have you ever envisioned what you would look like if you had no teeth?  I think we often take our pearly whites for granted.  Proper dental care is essential no matter the age.  And it’s imperative to develop these habits early on.  Start by implementing a dental care routine for your children.

Kid’s are susceptible to decay the moment the first baby tooth appears.  Parents should be brushing for children every morning and evening.  As your children grow continue to supervise their dental care routine to make sure they are brushing long enough, reaching those hard to get places, and using the proper amount of toothpaste.  Children need about a pea size amount of toothpaste on their brush.  For children that are still young enough and may not do a good job spitting I would recommend using a toothpaste that doesn’t contain flouride.  You can upgrade to a fouride toothpaste once your child has mastered this technique.  You should begin flossing  your child’s teeth as soon as they have two teeth that touch.   Starting this simple dental care routine along with maintaining your 6 month dental visits is a great way to set your kids up for success.

Just as everything changes the older you get, so should your dental care routine.   Through out the years you have put some wear and tear on your teeth.  Smoking, medications that cause dry mouth, grinding, etc. these are all reasons why more effort is needed to maintain healthy teeth and gums.  I would recommend switching from a regular toothbrush and getting one that is electric.  Electric toothbrushes can be more effective at removing plaque.  Some even come with sensors that alert you when your putting to much pressure on your gums.  Adding a good mouthwash to your dental care routine is another great way to keep bacteria away.  These items don’t replace the fact that you still need to brush, floss and rinse at least twice a day and maintain your 6 month dental visits.  Dental visits are imperative to catch decay and bacteria early and treat with the least invasive treatment, which also means less expensive treatment.  The greater the problem grows the expense usually grows with it.

Nutition and diet are also great ways to ensure we are encouraging the proper enviroment  in our mouths.  Eating foods like yogurt and cheese will help deposit calcium back in our bodies strengthening our teeth.  Having healthy vitamin D and C levels can also promote stronger, healthier teeth and gums.  And of course as we all know staying away from those sticky sugary foods that turn into breeding grounds for decay.

Do you have questions regarding what electric toothbrush to get?  Which mouthwash works the best?  We can go over all this during your appointment and get you on track to improve your dental care routine.

Is your next dental appointment scheduled?   Call us to make an appointment.  972-704-1054

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