Preventative Care: Why it’s so important

Many studies have linked the state of your oral health to the state of your overall health. Having a good oral health routine and getting regular checkups aren’t just good to do, they could save your life. Teaching your kids a thorough, comprehensive oral health routine from a young age is incredibly important too! Thankfully, Smith and van Lierop Dental Studio is here to help make your oral care regimen an easy one for kids to learn.

Why is preventative care important?

Preventive care keeps gum disease and tooth decay at bay. It prevents periodontal disease and removes any plaque you gained through the day. Without practising preventative care at home, your teeth wouldn’t stand a chance against the elements you expose it to daily.

That’sThat’s why Smith and van Lierop emphasize preventive care and recommend these three habits:

  1. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, which removes plaque and prevents decay. 
  2. Floss at least once a day to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t always reach. 
  3. Schedule checkups and cleanings with your dentist at least twice a year.

Introduce these habits to your kids as early as possible, so they can get into these good habits and keep their baby teeth until their permanent teeth are fully ready to erupt.

Keeping your kids healthy

It can be difficult to introduce your children to brushing and flossing. That’s why joining them to oversee their progress and make their oral habits fun can make a big difference.

When their first baby tooth erupts, use only a grain-sized amount of toothpaste to brush it. Try to hold off on flossing until you see two teeth touch, and be sure to bring them in for their first dental visit as soon as the first tooth comes in. If you’re trying to get them more interested in brushing, introduce a themed toothbrush or floss that they recognize. Try including a song that’s at least two minutes long so you can both make your oral care regimen an enjoyable one and acclimate them to the amount of time needed for thorough brushing.