Families live, grow, and develop habits together. When you’re a part of a family who practices good oral hygiene, you are more likely to practice good oral hygiene yourself. By emphasizing treating the entire family as a unit, family dentistry helps the whole family develop great oral hygiene habits and stay on top of their oral health.
At Cascadia Dental Specialists, our experts can advise you on ways to make sure you and your children maintain excellent oral health habits. They can make recommendations, including dietary restrictions, to reduce your chance of infection.
You and your family should have teeth cleaning appointments at Cascadia Dental Specialists every six months to ensure early detection of any oral problems and to maintain good oral health. And of course, excellent oral health is maintained with a daily home regimen, which should include:
Although brushing twice a day is recommended, it’s even better if you and your family brush after every meal. For best results, each member of your family should use a soft-bristled toothbrush that can reach all areas of the mouth comfortably. Every four months, you should replace your toothbrushes with new ones.
To keep your teeth as clean as possible, you should use a fluoride toothpaste. Be sure to use the proper brushing technique demonstrated at your Cascadia Dental Specialists appointment.
Because children need the opportunity to get to know their dentist, their first dental appointment doesn’t involve a ton of treatment. This allows the child to get to know the dentist in an amicable, non-threatening environment.
The dentist begins by taking a look at the child’s teeth, examining them carefully for decay. If they see potential problems, they may do teeth cleaning with fluoride as a preventive measure.
Lastly, they go over good oral hygiene habits with your child and encourage you to reinforce them at home. Remember, families who develop good oral hygiene together, maintain excellent oral health together.
If you want your family to have excellent oral health, contact Cascadia Dental Specialists today to schedule an appointment.
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