There are several ways you can help keep your family’s teeth strong and healthy, from the time they’re young children to when they’re elderly. Below are some tips for encouraging and maintaining healthy teeth in your family.
Read through the provided information, then call Advanced Dental Associates to schedule a dental cleaning for your family. At our San Antonio, TX dentist office, Dr. Steve Edwards and our team are passionate about providing quality dental care in a way that allows each member of your family to feel completely comfortable.
Start Them Young
Despite the many preventive options available, tooth decay is still common among young children. The earlier you can teach them essential dental habits, the better. As soon as your child gets their first tooth, they’re at risk for tooth decay. Don’t let your child become one of the millions of children who get a cavity by the time they’re 12 years old.
When your child’s first tooth comes in, use a soft-bristled toothbrush specially designed for infants or a clean, damp cloth to clean the tooth. By the time most of their teeth have come in, your child should be used to the feeling of having their teeth cleaned.
Once your child is old enough to handle brushing on their own, supervise them to make sure they’re still doing so properly.
Consider Decay Prevention
Decay prevention is beneficial for patients of all ages, once the molars have come in around the age of 6. At Advanced Dental Associates, we offer two types of prevention:
- Dental Sealants
If a member of your family is a good candidate for dental sealants, we’ll apply a plastic-based resin on the chewing surface of their molars. The resin will fill in hard to reach, deep spots on the molars that can be hard to clean with regular brushing.
Sealants are commonly used for younger patients whose adult teeth are just starting to come in. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sealants can dramatically reduce the occurrence of cavities.
- Fluoride Treatments
At our San Antonio, TX dental office we offer traditional fluoride trays as well as fluoride varnish. These fluoride treatments help restore the damage plaque has caused. Fluoride works wonders when it comes to helping your teeth stay healthy and strong.
Take Advantage Of Fluoride
Fluoride strengthens enamel, making it less prone to decay. While the majority of Americans drink water that is fluoridated, if you’re unsure, mention it when you visit our office for a dental cleaning. If together we feel like a fluoride treatment is needed, we can certainly apply it!
However, when shopping for toothpaste and mouth rinse, look for ADA-approved products that contain fluoride.
Maintain Good Dental Habits
For a lifetime of healthy teeth, good dental habits are essential. It’s important for each member of your family, no matter their age, to brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once daily.
Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months. If you have a teenager with braces, they may benefit from special tools to make it easier for them to keep their teeth clean. The same goes for family members with arthritis. They may struggle to hold a toothbrush and an electric toothbrush can make cleaning their teeth easier.
As always, our team at Advanced Dental Associates is more than happy to help in any way we can to make dental hygiene and healthcare easier for each member of your family.
Maintain Checkups With Your Dentist
The only way to know for sure if your family is taking good care of their teeth is by coming in for a dental cleaning and exam. During your visit to our office, we can also spot potential problems and take care of any issues before they become a bigger problem.
You should see your dentist at least twice a year so if you haven’t yet scheduled your checkup, call our San Antonio, TX dental office today to make an appointment.