As parents we worry daily about the safety and well-being of our families. We know health care goes beyond simple bumps and bruises and includes oral health. After all there are a myriad of good reasons for keeping on top of your whole family’s teeth and gum health from maintaining bright white smiles to avoiding discomfort and disease. It’s also been said that good oral health is part of good overall health – including your physical, mental and social well-being.
It’s never too early to get your family started on the road towards making oral health care part of their routine. You should start as soon as the first tooth appears in an infant if only to get them used to brushing their teeth by the time they have a full set of baby teeth. My family has been very successful at keeping up with our oral health and that includes both our 3 year old and our 1 year old just by starting as infants with them. We are at the point now that they both absolutely love having their teeth brushed as part of their morning and nighttime routine.
Of course, part of maintaining good oral health is also keeping up with regular dental appointments to help prevent and detect problems before they affect your family’s quality of life. By visiting your Ontario dentist and taking other proactive measures, you can avoid potentially costly and painful treatments that result from neglecting your oral health.
5 Tips for a Great Smile and Healthy Mouth
1) Brush Your Teeth
Brushing for 2-3 minutes at least twice a day has been shown to be effective in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Don’t forget to floss!
2) Eat Healthy
Eating a balanced diet that includes whole grains, fruits & veggies, and lean meats is key to providing the minerals and nutrients your teeth and gums need to stay strong and healthy.
3) Visit Your Dentist
Your dentist can help detect, diagnose, and treat or prevent problems you might not know about so it is important to visit your dentist regularly.
4) Protect Your Teeth
Wear a mouth guard when playing sports or other aggressive activities to reduce potential damage to your mouth and teeth.
5) Reduce Your Risks
Reducing your risks for oral diseases means being proactive about risk factors including stress, smoking and drug use.
It’s important not to delay, call your dentist to book your next appointment today. If you don’t have a dentist visit the Ontario Dental Association website to find one in your area.
Disclosure: Although this post has been generously sponsored by the Ontario Dental Association, the opinions and language are my own, and in no way do they reflect the Ontario Dental Association.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!