There are so many reasons to keep your family’s teeth and gums as healthy as possible including avoiding toothaches and maintaining a bright smile. New research has discovered that gum disease may lead to other problems in the body including an increased risk of heart disease. Here are a few simple ways you can keep your children’s teeth strong and healthy.
Despite our best efforts, one in four children will develop signs of tooth decay before they even start school. This is why you need to take your children to their Chino Hills dentist as soon as their first tooth appears. Teeth can be wiped with a damp cloth and let kids start brushing for themselves at about the age of two.
When permanent molars come in, around the age of six, dental sealants can be used to help prevent decay. And although this can significantly reduce cavities, only about one in three kids in the United States receive dental sealants.
Tooth decay and gum disease remain huge problems for teenagers as nearly three-fourths of them have bleeding gums. One of the best ways to combat this is to have them brush at least twice a day.
At any age, a healthy diet is critical in maintaining healthy teeth. A well-balanced diet of grains, fruits, nuts, dairy products and vegetables will provide the nutrients you need for healthy teeth. It is also believed that the omega-3 fats found in fish may reduce inflammation, which can lower your risk of gum disease.
Most experts agree that dental checkups should occur every six months. During these routine exams, your dentist or dental hygienist will remove plaque buildup that you can’t brush or floss away.
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