Healthy Teeth For LifeTuesday, July 24th, 2012, 6:46 pm
Keeping your family’s teeth healthy for life is possible. The payoff for prevention is huge and includes beautiful, sparkling smiles, better nutrition because of proper chewing, avoiding toothaches and helping to avoid other health problems.
Just like keeping your body healthy by eating right and exercising, keeping your teeth healthy is going to require some smart choices and a little work on your part.
- Start your kids prevention efforts early. When those first baby teeth come in they should be gently wiped with a clean, damp cloth or soft brush. Half of all children between 12 and 15 have cavities but you can help protect your baby by not putting them to bed with a bottle or sippy cup of milk or juice. Limit milk and juice to mealtimes and give your child water when they are thirsty.
- Seal those molars. Only one-third of children receive these protective coatings but they can significantly reduce cavities.
- Drink tap water instead of bottled. Most water systems add small amounts of fluoride which strengthens teeth and prevents cavities. Fluoride toothpaste should be used every day but don’t rinse after brushing – it washes away the fluoride.
- Brush twice a day and floss every day. No excuses.
- Rinse with water or chew sugarless gum after meals. This washes away sugars and acids from the food.
- Don’t smoke – you all know the reasons why!
- Eat a healthy diet. What is good for your body is good for your smile. A steady diet of soda and junk food means lots of tooth decay.
- Skip the sugary snacks – especially the sticky ones. If you are craving something sweet it is better to have it as part of your meal. Soda is especially hard on teeth because of the combination of sugar and acid.
- Get regular checkups and cleanings. Those simple appointments every six months can help you avoid bigger problems down the road.
Prevention is a big part of what we do at Wilbanks Smile Center. Contact our Toccoa, GA office today to schedule your next appointment at 706-886-9439.