Keeping your family’s teeth healthy is as important as anything else in your day-to-day life, and so here are some top tips to consider when implementing this at home.

Floss

Flossing helps prevent cavities, and keeps breath fresh. You can floss between meals as well as after brushing, and this ensures that no food is trapped between teeth, which can cause real problems. It’s perfectly safe for children to floss too, as long as they do it properly. Supervise at first, and make sure they don’t eat any of it, or use it too fiercely on their gums.

Visit the Dentist

This one is a no-brainer. Only your family dentist can prevent and treat oral problems beyond your daily care routine. You should visit the dentist once every six months for a checkup and clean, and in that time your dentist will advise on whether there are any hints at problems that you and your family might be heading towards. Feel confident to ask any questions you have about your family dentistry and how their lifestyles are affecting their oral health.

Teach the Little Ones

Cleaning and looking after oral health is a lifelong task, and it’s important to teach your children at a young age about family dentistry, and how to do this right. Supervision during brushing and flossing at first will create confidence and is a bonding moment for you and your little ones. Make sure that when they are brushing their own teeth that they don’t brush too hard, or in the wrong direction, and that they are cleaning the whole mouth, including the tongue.

If You Are Pregnant

Oral health doesn’t change too much when you are pregnant, but there are some handy hints to making the experience a little more easy on you. Teeth and gums can suffer a little more during pregnancy, including increased sensitivity, Pregnancy Gingivitis and Pregnancy Granuloma.

Tell your dentist if you are pregnant, and they will take you through an advised plan of how best to look after your oral health during that time and into the postpartum stage, including what medications to take and whether to make any more regular visits.

Use a softer toothbrush and mild paste to aid with morning sickness. Don’t brush straight after vomiting, as this can damage enamel.

Top up your Vitamin C, B12 and Calcium for both yourself and your unborn baby.

Don’t have dental work done in your third trimester, but book an appointment for after your baby is born in order to catch up with how the pregnancy may have affected your oral health.

Eating Healthy

Another obvious point in family dentistry is healthy eating. We all know how badly sugar can hurt our oral health, and that it is best to avoid too much of anything in order to keep teeth strong. Drinks are a big issue in your family’s oral health, and it’s best to stick to one glass of fruit juice a day, monitor coffee and tea intake, and stick to water and sugar free fruit squash.

Vegetables, apples and salads can actually aid healthy mouths, as can dark chocolate! So it’s not all about denying yourself the foods you love.

We hope our top tips help with your everyday family oral health, and that family dentistry no longer sounds like a scary concept for those who have young children or are thinking of having them.

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