From a very young age when your teeth start punching through your gums to very old age when your teeth start working their way out, there are many actions you can take to make sure you have healthy teeth all your life.
Even prior to birth, pregnancy brings the possibility to help that new child get a head start on healthy teeth. Check out these tips for the expectant moms.
• Eat healthy!
• Take calcium supplements
• Folic acid supplements can decrease the risk of a baby being born with a cleft lip and palate
Once the baby is born, wipe their gums with a soft, damp cloth after feedings. Once the teeth come in, start using a very soft toothbrush to gently brush the new teeth. Help your child until they can do it themselves.
Although this should be common sense, try and keep to a minimum the foods known to cause tooth problems – sugar, sodas, etc.
As adults we must be aware how crucial tooth and mouth disease is to the rest of the body. There are direct correlations between gum disease and other diseases. See your dentist on a regular basis as tooth decay can often be caught and addressed before it becomes a real problem.
As we age, it is vital to visit the dentist on a regular basis. Those who smoke or drink alcohol heavily are at increased risk of developing throat and oral cancers and should be rigorous in their oral care. The fact that more and more people are on some sort of medication also presents opportunities for oral problems. And, of course, if you start losing your teeth — whether to natural causes or not — the replacement dentures, bridges, caps, and crowns all offer places for problems to crop up. Make sure dentures and other manufactured dental devices are well cared for, fit well, and cause no pain.
There is no reason not to have healthy teeth all your life — just follow a few basic steps consistently. Make sure you are on the right path. Call us today and set up an appointment with the most caring dentist in Albuquerque! (505) 293-7611