Taking good care of your teeth and mouth over the course of your life can help to prevent you having problems as you age. Taking good care of your teeth involves brushing and flossing them each day and visiting your dentist on a regular basis.
Children And Infants
At birth, an infant’s initial set of teeth is nearly completely formed already. These teeth at first are hidden underneath the gums. Those teeth are important since once they grow in, they allow your baby to speak well and chew food. Also, the first set of a baby’s teeth holds space where eventually the permanent teeth will be. They also help with growing permanent teeth in straight.
Follow these recommendations to care for your infant’s teeth:
Every day, make sure to clean your baby’s new teeth. When these teeth initially come in, rub them gently using a wet, clean washcloth. Use a children’s toothbrush once the teeth get bigger.
Children who are younger than 2 years old should not use toothpaste. Your child’s teeth should be brushed with water instead.
Don’t give your baby a bottle to sleep with. It can leave juice or milk sitting on his teeth. This can cause cavities or baby bottle tooth decay.
Older children should eat low-sugar snacks, like vegetables, cheese, and fruit. Don’t give your kids chewy, sticky candy.
Make sure your children know how important it is for them to keep their teeth clean and teach them how to brush their teeth properly.
Take your kids to the dentist on a regular basis. According to the American Dental Association children should start seeing a dentist when they are one year old.
If teens take good care of their teeth and mouth it will help them have fewer cavities, a nice smile, and good breath. The following are simple things that can be done:
Brush your teeth using fluoride toothpaste at least two times a day.
Floss your teeth once a day at minimum.
Don’t chew or smoke tobacco. It can cause cancer, bad breath or stain your teeth.
When playing contact sports, wear the correct protective headgear.
Visit your dentist twice a year, or every six months, to have regular cleanings and check-ups done.
Maintaining good tooth and mouth care when you are an adult can help with preventing painful gums, losing teeth and other issues. The following are helpful things that can be done:
Brush your teeth using a fluoride toothpaste two times a day at least.
Floss your teeth once a day at least.
Don’t chew or smoke tobacco.
Consult with your doctor to make sure that the medicines you are taking don’t have any side effects that can damage your teeth (some medicines, for example, can cause dry mouth.)
Check the inside of your mouth on a regular basis for irritated gums, sores that are healing and other problems.
Visit your dentist once every 6 months to have cleanings and check-ups done.
See your dentist or doctor right away if you have any issue with your mouth or teeth.