Keeping a healthy smile is hard enough for yourself but when you have a family to worry about this can take dental care to a new level. At Blackfoot Family Dentistry we want to see you and your family with great teeth and smiles. Here are 5 simple tips that will help going to the dentist be a good experience and not one that you dread.
Start Young with Your Children
Much of the success that comes with children having good teeth is starting these healthy habits early. When you start helping your children brush and floss at an early age you can help them develop healthy habits for success. You may feel like you are not doing a great job if the kids aren’t getting a thorough brush, but the fact that you are showing them this is important will help them tremendously. Not only will this build good habits, but you will prevent early tooth decay and its effects to your child’s mouth.
Brush Twice A Day & Floss Regularly
Brushing twice a day is easy enough, but flossing regularly is another story for people. By brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily you can prevent serious dental problems such as cavities, gum disease, and other forms of decay. A simple rule of thumb is you should replace your toothbrush three to four times a year. Not only is having a good toothbrush important, but brushing with proper technique. Most people don’t realize they can brush too hard and cause tooth and gum sensitivity. Another great reminder is to keep flossers in your car, purse, office, and anywhere else you might need one. This will help you get food out of your teeth after lunch or that snack you may have had during the day.
A healthy diet can help in the quest to having a healthy smile. By avoiding all those sugary foods and drinks you can reduce the chances of getting cavities dramatically. This is especially important for children. By giving them a healthy choice to snack on you can avoid those expensive trips to the dentist. Not only will this help your dental health, but this will help your overall health and wellbeing.
Avoid Tobacco Products
This tip is not only important for your teeth, but for your overall health. Using tobacco products can lead to gum disease, yellow teeth, and even more serious problems like oral cancer. The best way to avoid any of these issues is to just avoid any form of tobacco.
Schedule Routine Checkups & Cleanings
By scheduling your routine checkups and cleanings you can keep well informed on what is going on with your mouth. During these checkups you will have your routine cleaning, x-rays, fluoride, and checkup with Dr. Baldwin. Now you may be thinking well what if I don’t have insurance? Typically, that could be expensive to pay out of pocket for these types of visits. Here at Blackfoot Family Dentistry we have in-house insurance programs that start at $199 per person a year. These include 2 check ups a year and discounts on most procedures if needed. There are no deductibles and it is a straight forward process that can help save your family time and money. Ask us about our family plans and pricing. Whether you have insurance or not, you should see your dentist for these routine checkups to prevent the serious issues we have already discussed.
Taking care of your teeth is a big task, but with the help of these tips you can keep a bright and healthy smile for years to come. If it is time to get a checkup call Blackfoot Family Dentistry today for an appointment. Dr. Baldwin is a local Blackfoot dentist and is excited to see you soon!