Did you know that 3 out of 4 dentists recommend products with ADA seal? “February is Children’s Dental Health Month which is observed nationally and brings together thousands of hard-working dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health practices to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.” According to the American Dental Association (ADA). Here are a few dental health habits that will put you on the right path to a better and brighter smile.
Dental Health Habit #1: Brushing and Flossing Routinely
When brushing your teeth use a pea-seize amount of fluoride and brush two minutes, two times a day. Clean between your teeth daily and floss at least once a day. This can help get rid of bad breath as well as plaque in your teeth.
Dental Health Habit #2:Healthy Snacks and Beverages
Limit sugary snacks and drinks from your diet. If you choose to eat some sweet, try to eat or drink it with a healthy meal to limit the exposure to your teeth. Snacks can be very difficult for children, the ADA suggest choosing fruits, low-fat cheese, yogurt, or raw vegetables as a snack. Sugarless gums can be a better choice because; they have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance for helping prevent cavities by strengthening teeth.
For those who have braces the same rules apply. However, avoid certain foods that could interfere with your braces. Some of those foods can be nuts, popcorn, hard candy, ice, sticky foods, caramel or other chewy candy.
Dental Health Habit #3: Regular Dentist Appointments
Most dental appointments are inspections for oral injuries, cavities, and to discuss any finger/thumbing habits. If this the first time your child is visiting the dentist, try to make the appointment in the morning when the child tends to be rested and more cooperative. Have your child visit their dentist regularly at least twice a year, to make sure that they have not acquired any cavities.
Dental Healthy Habit #4: Playing Safe
If you’re involved in any sport your teeth should be always to be protected at all times. A mouth guard protects your teeth from being broken or knocked out. Be safe and play safe, protect your precious teeth. Ask your dentist which mouth guard is the best one for you.
Dental Health Habit #5: Choosing the Right Products
It is always good to have the ride tools in order to keep your teeth nice and healthy. Choosing the right toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash and rinses. Choose a toothpaste with fluoride to help prevent cavities. Pick a toothbrush which the head of the toothbrush can fit into your mouth comfortably, as well as choosing soft bristles for children, as well as adults recommended by most dentists.
Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or if you start to see the bristles are frayed or worn. Choosing a mouthwash or rinse that contains fluoride can help to prevent tooth decay. However, children who are under 6 years of age should not rinse with alcohol-base mouthwashes, who are more likely to swallow the mouthwash. Always remember to look for products with the ADA Seal Acceptance.
Don’t forget that these dental healthy habits can help you to have a great smile, which ultimately makes you, feel good on the inside and outside.