Building a Smile that Lasts a Lifetime
Building and maintaining a healthy smile is easy to do, especially when you start young. If you have young people in your life, setting them up with a good oral hygiene routine now can help them build a smile that will last a lifetime.
Here are some tips to encourage proper oral hygiene as your family grows:
When your children are small
This is the perfect age to set up a routine that includes regular brushing, flossing and visits with the dentist. By developing these habits at an early age, children get used to oral care as a regular part of their health care and learn that visiting the Whitby dentist is nothing to worry about. Help make brushing and flossing fun by putting it to music, show them how to brush the surface of every tooth, and don’t forget the tongue!
When your children are grown
Teenagers are a challenge in many, many ways. Setting a foundation of proper health and nutrition when they’re teens can help them stay healthy for life. Try and keep them tobacco-free and remind them to continue brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, don’t forget to floss, and begin integrating an antibacterial mouth rinse into their routine.
No matter how old your children are, you have an opportunity to set an example of proper oral hygiene by making your family aware that brushing twice a day is just a normal part of life. Make sure there is always a supply of toothpaste with fluoride, antibacterial mouth rinse and floss. Some families even find it helpful to keep dental floss in their coffee table so its easily accessible when they’re mindlessly watching television in the evening.
Call the team at Downtown Whitby Dentistry today to schedule an appointment for you or your children and get your family on the path to a lifetime of good oral health. Our dental office is located in the heart of downtown Whitby and is always accepting new patients.