The best way to ensure that your teeth have a long lifespan is to start with good oral healthcare at home. From parents to their children, no matter what age you are, your teeth can be cared for with a few good habits instilled at home.
Even before their first tooth erupts, an infant should have their gums routinely cleaned with a washcloth, in order for them to get used to oral care. As their teeth emerge, clean with a tiny amount of toothpaste and floss where two teeth are touching.
As your child grows, instill good brushing habits, using soft-bristle children’s toothbrushes and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Teach them correct flossing techniques as well.
Your child’s teenage years are an ideal time to straighten their teeth, ensuring that they have a lifetime of easier oral care. Straightened teeth have the advantage of being easier to clean and preventing previously misaligned teeth from breaking.
As an adult, be sure to maintain good oral habits, such as brushing and flossing at least twice a day. Visit us here in Englewood, NJ typically every six months, for routine cleanings, oral cancer screenings, and to detect early warning signs of underlying diseases like decay or periodontitis.
Elderly patients are eligible for restorative treatments, as a solution for missing or damaged teeth. These include dental implants, dentures, or implant-supported dentures. Elderly patients must also have routine oral cancer screenings, and keep us informed of any respiratory or cardiovascular health problems. Speaking of cardiovascular health, read along below for an interesting look at what’s been dubbed the “heart-mouth” connection.
Did you know that studies have shown a connection between your oral health affecting your bodily health? After all, your mouth is the gateway to your body, so the level of care your teeth receive can have positive or negative effects on your overall health.
Take gum disease for example. Oftentimes, bacteria that are causing the inflammation in your gums have the potential to travel to other parts of your body through the bloodstream. These include possibly inflaming blood vessels near the heart. Some major causes of gum disease are smoking, obesity, and an unhealthy diet, along with poor oral care.
Other possible connections that are being studied are links between oral health and pregnancy, periodontitis and diabetes, and osteoporosis. As you can see, keeping the “gateway to your body” clean and clear of disease can have positive reverberations on the rest of your body.
With such a close connection between oral health and bodily health, we utilize an advanced oral rinse known as OraCare to prevent the worst of the symptoms for gum diseases. We have noticed radical changes in our patient’s teeth after an OraCare rinse regiment, preventing infections such as gingivitis, periodontitis, and halitosis. During your consultation or cleaning, ask us about OraCare and what it can do to improve your oral health.
Curious about treatments that can help improve the longevity of your smile? Take a look at the list below and let us know about what sparks your interest: