A Healthier Smile For 2020
A new year often brings new resolutions, and it’s important to keep in mind some resolutions should pertain to a healthier smile. To that end, there are six goals Pediatric Dental Associates and Orthodontics would like patients to focus on this year.
The first is brushing. Brushing should be consistent for two minutes and hit all sides and surfaces of the teeth. Cleaning the tongue is also important. Good brushing habits lead to fewer cavities.
Flossing is the next important thing. It can be a hard habit to start, especially for children. For kids, when back teeth start touching, it’s time to start flossing. Cavities are common in those regions because food and sugar get trapped in the molars. The toothbrush bristles can’t get in between those teeth.
It doesn’t matter what kind of floss you use, string or a pick, but it’s important to do at least once a day.
Replacing your toothbrush is something that should be done once a quarter. So if you get a new one for Christmas, it will be about time to replace it in April. If a family is going through a viral illness, like a cold, toothbrushes should be thrown away immediately.
Making appointments to visit the dentist again is another important goal that should be made for the new year. Children should have two checkups per year. Also, if an infant has turned one but hasn’t seen the dentist, they should make an appointment.
Getting them into the office helps get them used to future visits, lying down, the procedures, etc. The first couple visits are actually pretty easy.
Eating a healthy diet is often already a regular goal for the new year. But it also ties into smile goals. When dentists talk about a healthy diet, it’s about balance, getting fruits and vegetables, while limiting sugar and soda intake. Really, there should be limits on anything acidic. Acids can wear down enamel and cause white spots on the teeth.
The final goal may be among the toughest, but dentists encourage patients to stop smoking. Smoking can do a lot of damage to the mouth and teeth, with cancer and stains to the teeth.
These are some healthy goals which can lead to brighter smiles in 2020, but if you have any more questions, the dentists at PDAO are always happy to help. Give them a call at (479) 582-0600