Effective dental hygiene habits are a family affair. It’s not enough that as a parent or an adult, you’re taking care of your teeth. You should also be doing your part in ensuring the rest of the family is properly caring for their mouth.
In Indiana, for example, untreated tooth decay among children is still a problem, even if the rate has dropped by 70% since 1958. Older family members are encouraged to help the young ones develop dental habits early, and what better place to start than at home. More than the basics of brushing and flossing every day, here are other things worth doing.
Choose Mouth Products Carefully
Say you’re in St. Joseph County; ask your local South Bend family dentist for recommendations on toothpaste and other oral health products. Generally, toothpaste with fluoride is a good option as the said ingredient strengthens the enamel. The case may be different, however, if you have sensitive teeth or other dental conditions.
Watch What You Eat and Drink
Eat a well-balanced diet and cut down on your sugar intake. Go for food that are low in starch and sugar. You can still eat fruits despite their sugar content, just make sure to wash it down with water or by brushing to ensure no sugar lingers in the mouth.
If you can’t stop taking sugary drinks, at least cut down on fruit juices, tea, soft drinks, wine, and coffee.
Guard the Mouth
Wear a helmet and a mouth guard to protect the mouth from injuries, especially if you play contact sports regularly.
Aside from getting yellow and badly stained teeth, smoking also has links to oral cancer. It can also make your mouth a breeding ground for bacteria, which may cause you to lose your teeth.
Drinking plenty of water ‘flushes’ food particles from the mouth. Without anything to feed on, bacteria that cause tooth decay have no way of thriving.
Above all, visit your dentist at least once a year. Keeping your family’s teeth clean, healthy, and strong is as simple as developing a few habits that are easy to follow.