When Should I Bring My Children To Westport Family Dental?
The short answer: as infants! Infants should be seen by our office after the first six months of age, and at least by the child’s first birthday. By this time, the baby’s first teeth, or primary teeth, are beginning to erupt and it is a critical time to spot any problems before they become big concerns.
Do I Really Have To Floss Every Day?
Yes! Flossing may be the single most important weapon against plaque. Flossing helps to prevent cavities, periodontal disease, and other dental problems later in life. It also increases blood circulation in your gums and removes plaque and debris that stick to your teeth and gums. Floss after each meal or at least twice every day.
Do I Need To Use Mouthwash With Fluoride?
Just drinking public water will provide a certain measure of fluoride protection. But for years, health professionals have endorsed the practice of supplementing our intake with certain dietary products, and topical fluorides in many types of toothpaste and some kinds of rinses. Fluoride is absorbed into structures, such as bones and teeth, making them stronger and more resistant to fractures and decay. A process in your body called “reminerlization” uses fluoride to repair damage caused by decay.
What’s The Best Mouthwash?
The Food and Drug Administration classifies mouth rinses into two categories: therapeutic and cosmetic. In general, therapeutic rinses with fluoride have been shown to actually fight cavities, plaque and gingivitis. On the other hand, cosmetic rinses merely treat breath odor, reduce bacteria and/or remove food particles in the mouth. They do nothing to treat or prevent gingivitis. People who have difficulty brushing (because of physical difficulties such as arthritis) can benefit from a good therapeutic mouth rinse.
Can Nutrition Impact Your Oral Health?
The same recommendations that guide children’s nutrition remain relevant for adult oral health. Eat foods rich in calcium and other kinds of minerals and maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Avoid excessive starches and sugars found in junk food and soda, which can erode tooth enamel. Good nutrition and a balanced diet improve oral health for children and adults alike.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to speak to Dr. Drexler, Dr. Pizzino or any one our Westport Family Dental team members today!