- January 16, 2018
If you are a parent, then you know that nothing makes you feel better than seeing your children’s smiles. Whether they are playing with other kids, opening a present on Christmas, or showing you something they’ve done, seeing your son or daughter smile makes your day.
You also know that your kids are more likely to smile if their mouths are healthy. At Brandon Family Dental, we want to help you and your family keep smiling for a long, long time.
In the meantime, we want to share three things your family can do to keep your smiles looking their best.
1. Have a Daily Oral Hygiene Routine
We have mentioned this in previous posts, but it’s always worth a reminding your kids what they should be doing. (We’ve met some adults who could use reminders as well.)
To follow the American Dental Association’s recommendations, you need to set aside a few minutes in the morning before school and a few minutes in the evening.
It starts with brushing your teeth. You need a soft-bristled toothbrush (which you should replace every three to four months) and a pea-sized squeeze of toothpaste.
Each time you brush, you should scrub your teeth for two minutes. This gives you time to clean your teeth from all sides, front and back. Watching a clock, using a stopwatch, or using an app for a phone or tablet can help your kids brush for the right amount of time.
When they are finished, they should scrub their tongues, spit out the toothpaste, and rinse their toothbrush clean.
They still need to floss their teeth as well. Flossing is how people can clean the spaces between their teeth and below their gumlines where a toothbrush doesn’t reach. If dental floss is too tricky for your son or daughter, look into getting flossers (which have short handles, making them easier to use) or try a water flosser instead.
2. Make Regular Visits To Your Family Dentist Office
A good guideline is to schedule two dental checkups each year at a family dentist office such as Brandon Family Dental.
If you have kids, then you are well aware that they don’t always do what you want them to do or what they are supposed to do. And yes, that includes brushing and flossing their teeth.
With professional dental cleanings, we can help reduce your children’s risk of tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. And through regular dental exams, we are more likely to find those problems in the earliest stages. This makes treatments less invasive and more likely to be successful.
Your dental visits are important for other reasons as well. These are opportunities for you and your kids to ask questions about your daily oral hygiene habits, such as the proper techniques for brushing and flossing.
These visits also are a convenient time to take advantages of other services — like dental sealants and fluoride treatments — that can help protect, strengthen, and repair teeth.
If you haven’t scheduled your family’s first cleanings for 2018, why not call us today?
3. Protect Teeth With Athletic Mouthguards
You encourage your kids to wear a helmet when they ride a bike or skateboard. You expect your kids to put on their seat belts when they get in a car, truck, or van.
For similar reasons, your kids should be wearing athletic mouthguards whenever they are playing or practicing any high-impact sport.
In football, mouthguards are required at all levels, but the ADA recommends them for most sports. You may not realize that basketball and baseball are the sports most likely to result in dental injuries, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. It’s also true the athletes who do not wear mouthguard are 60 times more likely to suffer dental injuries than those who do.
We can design custom-fitted mouthguards for your children at our Ortonville, MI dentist office. These are more comfortable to wear and offer better protection than anything you will find in stores.
Keep Your Kids Smiling
As a parent, you want your kids to have healthy smiles for life. At Brandon Family Dental, we want to help.
Call (248) 469-0218 today to learn more about us and our many services that can help protect your children’s smiles.