Dental Care at Every Age

Featured / Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

In any given family, the health concerns for each person differs with age. However, when it comes to dental care, our basic needs are the same. Whether it’s a little one adjusting to primary teeth, a teen considering braces, or an elder hoping to prolong the health and use of our teeth, a good dental health regimen will protect your teeth and prolong your smile over your lifetime.

Brush. Brush your teeth after every meal to cleanse your teeth and mouth of food particles and plaque-causing bacteria. If that’s not possible, then brush at least twice a day — morning and night.

Floss. Flossing is vital to the health of your teeth. Flossing allows you to clean between teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Be sure to bend and angle floss to clean the full surface of your tooth. Remember, cavities can also develop between teeth.

Balanced diet. Eating a balanced diet that includes vegetables and fruits will help keep your teeth healthy. Some vegetables help cleanse the teeth by brushing away food particles as you chew, while other foods, such as milk or chocolate, help coat the teeth, creating a barrier against plaque.

Avoid sugar (and carbohydrates). Avoiding sugar, namely candy, to avoid cavities, is the message we hear most often in childhood. As we grow, carbohydrates such as breads, French fries, or chips are added to our list of favorites. Guess what? Starchy foods (foods high in carbohydrates) turn to sugar. Which means that, they too, should be limited to maintain our dental health.

Handle with care. Teeth are often taken for granted. It can be tempting to use our teeth to help loosen a bottle cap or play sports without a mouth guard. However, it’s important to remember that tooth enamel does not regenerate, and some injuries are not easily corrected. Take the appropriate measures to protect your teeth and gums every day.