From the moment your teeth come in and for the rest of your life, oral health is important. The health of your mouth affects the health of the rest of your body, so caring for your teeth is a vital component in your overall wellbeing. How can you care for your teeth to keep them strong and healthy throughout your lifetime?
- Good oral hygiene begins in earliest childhood. Before your baby even has teeth, you should be cleaning those little gums with a soft cloth and warm water, a piece of gauze, or a little rubber device designed for this purpose. This removes food and bacteria, but it also introduces the concept of cleaning the mouth, so that brushing teeth doesn’t become a struggle later. As soon as teeth erupt, they should be cleaned as well, although toothpaste is not recommended until the child is two years old. Even though baby teeth will eventually fall out, it’s important to care for them, so teach good habits early, setting a good example by caring for your teeth, brushing and flossing, and eating healthy foods. Take your child to the dentist beginning very early, as soon as teeth start to emerge.
- Throughout your adulthood, caring for your teeth should be a priority. Brush at least twice daily, floss every day, and consider using mouthwash to rinse away debris and bacteria brushing and flossing leaves behind. Eat healthy foods avoiding processed foods and excess sugar, and don’t smoke. See your dentist every six months, to keep your teeth healthy and catch any problems before they become major and costly.
- Senior teeth require special care. As we age, our risk for oral health issues increases, yet many older adults don’t get the dental care they need. If you’re a senior, keep brushing, flossing, rinsing, and eating a healthy diet. See your dentist regularly, and talk about problems you might be having, like darkened teeth, loss of sense of taste, bad breath, or dry mouth, as well as any health conditions you may have and medicines you’re taking.
If you’re looking for a place that will provide you with lifelong dental care, you’ve found it. At Belmont Dental Group, our team of dentists provides personalized and gentle dental care, backed up by more than 25 years of experience. We believe in open, honest communication, and encourage our patients to ask questions and learn all they can about different treatment options and make informed decisions. Our practice covers all phases of dentistry from teeth cleaning to cosmetic dentistry to emergency care, and we’re committed to helping patients become partners in their own dental health. We always have your best interests in mind and will use our training and technology to benefit you and your family. If you’re looking for quality dental services and personalized care in an atmosphere of trust, call (617) 484-2431 or contact us through our website to learn more.