Dental Health TipsYour teeth are important to your health and happiness. After all, when they are healthy and strong, you can eat a variety of foods, including carrots and chips, without worrying about the possibility of teeth chipping away or falling out, which would cause immense pain. When you are concerned with maintaining excellent oral health, it is important that you are familiar with the steps required to keep your teeth and gums healthy. If you’re wondering where to begin, the best thing to do is to get some dental health tips from us.

The dental health tips we suggest will vary based upon your age, or the ages of your children or other family members. For example, if you are seeking dental health tips for newborns, our recommendation is to use a damp cloth to wipe out the mouth after each feeding. However, when your child is a little older, the cloth should be switched out for a new soft bristled toothbrush along with a small drop of toothpaste and some fluoride at their next dentist’s visit. Additionally, children should be encouraged to brush and floss their teeth twice a day.  Teenagers tend to be more active and should protect their teeth during hefty sports with the use of mouth guards. They should also know the importance of eating a well-balanced, nutrient-dense diet so that their teeth can stay healthy and strong. Senior citizens need to pay special attention to cavities, tooth sensitivity, and the effect of medications on their teeth.

In general, everyone should try to get a new toothbrush every three to four months to keep bacteria at bay. After eating, be sure to rinse your mouth so that food can’t accumulate there, which would lead to tooth decay. Choosing to limit the amount of sugars and sweets that you eat, and feasting on whole grains and nutrient-dense foods, omega-3 foods are choices that will ensure healthier teeth. Additionally, having dental checkups every six months will help catch small problems before they can grow into something worse.

For more individualized dental health tips, come in and visit with us at G. R. Sheumaker DDS. We will gladly assist you with all your dental needs so that you can have healthy teeth for years to come.