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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 50 percent of adults who are 30 years or older and 70 percent of adults who are 65 years of age or older have some periodontal disease. Men tend to have periodontal disease at a higher rate than women do, 60 percent to 40 percent, respectively. Despite these statistics, periodontal and other oral diseases can be prevented. By teaching your children how to maintain their teeth now, you could encourage a lifetime of proper dental hygiene, thus ensuring their smile remains vibrant and healthy.

Maintaining a beautiful smile means keeping your teeth clean and healthy through regular dental care and mindful food choices. Follow the seven tips below to keep your entire family’s smiles healthy and vibrant.

7 Tips for Maintaining a Vibrant and Healthy Smile

1. Biannual Dental Visits to Detect Problems Early

Everyone in your family should visit your dentist every six months. This allows your dentist to detect problems early on. Thus preventing tooth decay and addressing gum disease and other oral issues.

2. Using the Proper Technique is Essential

The proper dental hygiene techniques vary depending on a person’s age.  Ensure you’re using proper techniques at the appropriate ages and helping your family members do the same.

  • A soft brush or damp cloth can be used to care for the gums and teeth of an infant
  • Toddlers frequently insist on brushing their teeth themselves; however, supervision is still necessary to ensure they address the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth
  • Often, older children must be reminded to take care of their teeth by properly brushing and flossing twice daily.

3. Start Flossing Teeth Right Away

No one is ever too young to floss: As soon as your child has teeth that touch food or each other, plaque begins building up. Teach them how to floss properly and instill that habit early.

4. Use Sealants to Protect the Teeth

Once your child reaches age six and their permanent teeth begin emerging, you should consider visiting your dentist to inquire about the sealants available to protect the teeth. This thin, protective coating can significantly reduce the incidence of tooth decay, keeping your child’s teeth healthy and strong.

5. Fluoride is Not an Option, But a Necessity

Fluoride is vital in maintaining dental health as it combats decay and fortifies tooth enamel. While your toothpaste likely contains fluoride, additional fluoride can be beneficial. Approximately ¾ of Americans drink fluoridated water. However, if your water does not contain fluoride, it’s important to consult with your Lakeview dentist. There are special applications and fluoride supplements available that can keep your family’s teeth healthy and strong.

6. Healthy Snacks Can Contribute to Your Healthy Smile

Eating a well-balanced diet that consists of vegetables, fruits, grain, and dairy products will help you keep your teeth strong and healthy. Avoiding excess consumption of sugary snacks and drinks is also recommended.

7. Rinse Your Mouth After Consuming Acidic Foods and Beverages

Tomatoes, oranges, limes, grapefruits, and lemons are all acidic fruits. It is wise to rinse your mouth with water after you consume foods and beverages that contain them (i.e., orange juice, pasta sauce, lemonade, etc.). The acid from these fruits will eat away at the tooth enamel. In addition, soda/pop is acidic; hence, you should drink acidic beverages like these with a straw and rinse your mouth directly afterward. Do not brush your teeth directly after consuming acidic foods, rinse. The acid tends to soften the enamel of the teeth, which is why you need to rinse, not brush.

Besides providing a beautiful smile, proper dental hygiene helps prevent gum disease, cavities, and painful toothaches. If you reside in or around Chicago and you are looking for a gentle, caring, and skilled family dentist, contact our office today. At Smile On, we provide services related to dental hygiene, crowns, bridges, dental fillings, dentures, dental implants, and sleep apnea. We look forward to making you smile!

Be proud of your smile.