The best option to maintain teeth in good health is by following good practices for maintaining dental hygiene. You may have had some problems with cavities in the past, but you can reduce the effects by taking good care of your dental hygiene. You also need to start your children early on preventative dental care.
Toddlers and Babies
You need not wait until the first baby teeth appear. Use a clean damp cloth wrapped around your finger to gently wipe over your baby’s gums regularly. There are rubber slips available on fingertip cleaners that can be used. You will only need some water to clean.
When the first tiny white teeth begin to appear, start using a baby toothbrush. Babies don’t need to use toothpaste so you can just use water. If babies and toddlers swallow toothpaste regularly, the effects can be harmful. So you can use only water until the child knows how to spit toothpaste out, which is usually around 3 years of age. You can also use infant toothpaste that does not contain fluoride.
You should have established a brushing routine by the age your child can begin using toothpaste. Teeth are to be brushed at least two times a day, with each brushing session covering a minute, though the ideal session lasts three minutes. You can play a song or set an egg timer to help your children judge how long they need to brush their teeth.
Most adults today are very busy and tend not to pay attention towards their dental hygiene. But it is important to maintain dental health. Use fluoride enhanced toothpaste to brush regularly. This will help you keep away from plaque which causes cavities and it reduces chances of tooth decay. You should brush twice or thrice a day regularly and floss once a day.
To prevent gum disease and tooth decay, regular dental check-ups are essential. Your dentist can advise you whether you need to increase the frequency of flossing and brushing. They can also help you in removing plaque from teeth. A proper professional teeth-cleaning routine is recommended once or twice each year.
There are some more steps that can be taken to prevent teeth problems, in addition to regular brushing and flossing. Pay attention to your diet. Some foods are likely to cause stains and tooth decay. Coffee, tobacco, and colas are known for staining teeth. Anything that contains sugar promotes bacterial growth causing tooth decay. Carbs from crackers can stick to the teeth and may cause problems when they convert into sugar with saliva. They get wedged into small cracks in your molar teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach them. You can then use mouthwash to clean these areas.
For maintaining healthy teeth, your best option is to avoid consuming junk food and too many sweets and maintain a balanced diet. When you do consume sweets, brush your teeth afterwards. With proper dental care, healthy teeth will last for a lifetime.