What is basic dental care?
Basic dental care involves brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, seeing your dentist and/or dental hygienist for regular checkups and cleanings, and eating a mouth-healthy diet, which means foods high in whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and dairy products.
Why is basic dental care important?
Practicing basic dental care:
Prevents tooth decay.
Prevents gum disease which can damage gum tissue and bones that support teeth and in long term can lead to loss of teeth.
Shortens time with dentist and dental hygienist and makes trip more pleasant.
Saves money. By preventing tooth decay and gum disease, you can reduce need for fillings and or costly procedures.
Helps prevent bad breath. Brushing and flossing rid your mouth of bacteria that cause bad breath.
Helps keep teeth white by preventing staining from foodstuff, drinks, and tobacco.
Improves overall health.
Makes it possible for your teeth to last a lifetime.
Are re ways to avoid dental problems?
Keeping your teeth and gums healthy requires good nutrition and regular brushing and flossing.
Because while it is important to brush twice a day, se are or, often forgotten, parts of your mouth that needs to be equally taken care of.
Brush your teeth twice a day in morning and before bedpan floss once a day. This removes plaque, which can lead to damaged teeth, gums, and surrounding bone.
Use toothpaste that contains fluoride, which helps prevent tooth decay and cavities. Ask your dentist if you need a mouthwash that contains fluoride or one with ingredients that fight plaque. Look for toothpastes that have been approved by American Dental Association.
Avoid foods that contain a lot of sugar. Sugar helps plaque grow.
Avoid using tobacco products, which can cause gum disease and oral cancer. Exposure to tobacco smoke (secondhand smoke) also may cause gum disease, as well as or health problems.1
Practice tongue cleaning. You can use a tongue cleaner or a soft-bristle toothbrush, stroking in a back-to-front direction. Tongue cleaning is particularly important for people who smoke or whose tongues are coated or deeply grooved. Bleeding, red or inflamed gums can signify gum disease, and if left neglected, can lead to your teeth falling out or being removed by dentist to prevent furr damage.
Schedule regular trips to dentist based on how often you need exams and cleaning.
When should my child start seeing a dentist?
By time your child is 6 months of age, your doctor should assess likelihood of your child having future dental problems.2 If he or she thinks your child will have dental problems, be sure your child sees a dentist before his or her first birthday or 6 months after first primary teeth appear , whichever comes first. After your first visit, schedule regular visits every 6 months or as your dentist recommends.