Like the saying goes “the eyes are the window to the soul”, one could argue that the mouth is the gateway to a healthy body. In fact, there has been quite a lot of scientific evidence to back up the claim that oral health and overall well-being are connected. For example, numerous studies have linked gum disease to cardiovascular problems, stroke, and even Alzheimer’s. We know that tooth decay can lead to systemic infections that enter the blood stream, too. Since optimal oral health is important to overall wellness, our kid’s dentists strives to instill healthy habits among our younger patients. Our practice provides comprehensive pediatric dentistry services that help prevent common oral diseases and restore damaged teeth.
The Importance of Oral Hygiene and Preventive Care
Establishing good oral health begins at home. Parents and caregivers should instill the value of oral hygiene to children. Developing good habits at a young age will carry over into adulthood. Children should be monitored when learning to brush and floss their teeth. Caregivers should make sure that children are brushing correctly and adequately. To remove the most amount of plaque, patients should brush their teeth, tongue, and gums for at least two minutes in gentle, circular motions. When children reach the age of four or five, they should begin flossing on their own. Flossing is important for cleaning between teeth and along the gum line. Proper brushing and flossing greatly reduce the risk for cavities and gum disease.
While home care is essential to keeping one’s mouth clean and healthy, so is receiving regular professional care. Children should see our kid’s dentist office twice a year for checkups and cleanings. Regular checkups can reveal potential problems in their earliest stages and therefore increase the likelihood of conservative treatment protocols. Additionally, regular cleanings will help control the buildup of plaque and tartar, which both contribute to gum disease and tooth decay.
Our team is here to help children establish healthy habits and enjoy vibrant oral health. To schedule an appointment for pediatric dentistry services, call our family-friendly office today.