Hello and welcome back to the Advanced Dental blog!
Since we are well into August, we all know that back to school routines are overtaking the lives of families all over New Mexico.
We want you to help you keep your mouth clean and your smile looking great, in spite of all the stress that this transitional period can bring.
As a parent, you have a special responsibility to set a good example and establish high expectations for your children. That is not always easy.
To help you stay on track, we have come up with a few easily taught tips and explanations that should make good sense no matter how old you are.
Keep reading and then be sure to follow up with our team to schedule your next preventive appointment in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Brush, Brush, Brush
This one is obvious! You really need to brush your teeth twice a day, at least. For brushing to be fully effective, it is very important to brush for at least two minutes when you do engage in this activity.
Remember, this is your first defense against cavities, gum disease, and the like. But brushing is only the beginning of the prevention program.
Floss Daily Too
We all know that brushing is a non-negotiable. But you will only ever be able to reach certain areas of your mouth with the help dental floss. So, plan on flossing every day as well.
Flossing is one of the only ways you can hope to remove plaque from the often overlooked regions in between your teeth.
While your kids are young, instill flossing as a healthy habit that they will want to carry with them as they grow. If they are not happy about it, remind them that it is easier than dealing with fillings, root canals, and extractions later in life.
Rinse With Mouthwash
Depending on the age of your children, a good mouthwash can help prevent bad things from happening. Especially if it contains fluoride. Just be sure to read the labels for appropriateness.
Come See Us!
Coming in every 3-6 months for professional teeth cleanings will make it much easier for us to build on your efforts at home to eliminate plaque and tartar from your teeth and keep any disease and decay at bay.
We have tools and training that you don’t have access to in your house! During your comprehensive dental exam with Dr. Reiter, you will be screened for periodontal disease, oral cancer, and other issues that could be affecting your overall health and wellness.
According to your needs, we might recommend extra protection like dental sealants or fluoride treatments while you are here.
Obviously, we want nothing more than to keep you in the best possible shape. But in order to do that, we have to see you often enough to remain in-step with your ever-evolving dental needs.
Stay Healthy, Keep Smiling!
We hope you know that your family’s oral health is an important matter. A healthy mouth and a great-looking smile will be the key to health and happiness later on.
At this point in time, the task of protecting your family involves teaching your children good habits through your own rigorous example. We think you are up for it! Especially with a little direction from our team.
Teach your children how to brush and to floss properly. Turn them on to the benefits of fluoride. But, more than that, teach them how to find a dentist that they can trust with their smiles so that they will never be alone in their efforts.
To learn more about our preventive dentistry program or to schedule your next appointment, contact us today!