In this day and age, it can seem like everything is overly complicated. While keeping up with the discipline of a daily routine (especially with little ones) may not be easy, it can be simple. Keeping a list of simple tasks for the family can be an efficient way to protecting everyone’s smiles. Our team in Galveston, Texas, has laid out a few of the simple things that you and your children can do to care for your smiles.
Thinking of “2×2” is an easy way to remember that everyone should brush their teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes. Two minutes gives enough time to brush every surface of every tooth. It should even be enough time to brush the tongue (a sneaky hiding place for bacteria). The second or last time that you should brush your teeth is right before going to sleep. A sleeping mouth can be a breeding ground for bacteria, so it is important to start sleeping with as clean of a mouth as possible. That includes leaving residue of cough syrup or a midnight snack in the smile.
Keep a Balanced Diet
Eating plenty of food rich in vitamins and nutrients is a great way to keep the teeth strong and healthy. Calcium, phosphorus, and Vitamin D are beneficial to the teeth. Minimize the amount of sugar in foods and drinks, as it can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Regular Dental Visits
Everyone, both adults and children, should visit the dentist at least twice a year or once every six months. This window of time gives your dentist a chance to spot anything that could be trouble for your smile. Going longer between visits allows tooth decay or gum disease to develop to dangerous, irreversible stages. Routine dental visits also include professional dental cleanings, which is just as important to a smile’s health and vitality.
Keeping a healthy smile gets down to simple steps
Help your children keep their smiles healthy with a simple routine. To schedule a consultation call Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.