Have You Done Your Dental Homework?

  • August 1, 2016
Have You Done Your Dental Homework?

Good morning, class!

With the start of the new school year, we thought it would be a good time to review some of the lessons you have learned previously.

This will make sure you have a good foundation for a healthy mouth for years and years to come. Today’s topics will include family dentistry at Highlands Ranch Smiles and the tools you need to keep your mouths healthy.

And you will have homework that you have to do every day.

But remember, if you ever need assistance with oral care, all you have to do is call our dentists if you live in or near Highlands Ranch, CO.

Exam Time!

Quick fact: According to the American Dental Association, more than half of all children will develop a cavity between the ages of 5 and 9.

We are guessing that you would prefer that none or your children have cavities. Routine check-ups are an important part of fighting cavities and gum disease.

When you come to our office, we will do several things as part of your visit, starting with a friendly welcome from our team.

Your family’s appointments will include cleanings by one of our dental hygienists. Our team of professionals will remove any plaque or tartar they find, and they will clean between each tooth and below your the gumline.

When that is finished, they will polish your children’s teeth so they can look their best for picture day or any other day.

Routine care also includes an examination. This is not a test, but a careful inspection of your and your children’s mouths. We will be watching closely for any signs of cavities or gum disease.

If your children have are losing their primary teeth, getting permanent teeth, or both, then we will keep a close eye out for changes in their alignment. If orthodontic treatment may be needed, we want you to be as prepared as possible.

While you are here, you can earn some “extra credit” by taking advantage of two of our other services — sealants and fluoride treatments.

Cavities can affect any teeth, but the teeth in the back of your kids’ mouths may be the most vulnerable to cavities. They are larger, and because they are used for chewing, they are exposed to the sugars (which bacteria use to make plaque) longer than other teeth.

By applying dental sealants to your kids’ teeth, you are creating a barrier between those teeth and the bacteria that would harm them.

Fluoride treatments help in a different way. The ADA described fluoride as “nature’s cavity fighter.” This mineral can strengthen your teeth and repair minor damage to your enamel, but only if it is applied to your teeth.

Remember To Do Your Homework

As important as your routine check-ups are, you must remember to do your daily dental homework.

To complete this task, you must have the right tools at your disposal. Here is your supply list:

☐ Toothpaste with fluoride

☐ A toothbrush with soft bristles

☐ Dental floss*

Your assignment has two parts.

The first part is brushing your teeth. You should do this two times per day, and you should brush for two minutes each time.

Apply a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to your toothbrush. Scrub your teeth on all sides. Brush your tongue, and spit out the toothpaste. Rinse your toothbrush when you are finished.

To brush effectively, you need to have a toothbrush that is in decent shape. We recommend replacing your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months.

The second part of your homework is cleaning between your teeth every day.

Dental floss is great for this because it cleans the places that a toothbrush can’t. All you need is about 18 inches of floss. Wrap the ends around your fingers and gently hug it around both sides of your teeth, being sure to clean below the gumline.

* We know that some patients may not like flossing, but you still need to clean between your teeth and under your gums. Other options may include water flossers, which use a stream of water to clean those hard to reach places, or flossers, which have a short handle.

Some people find these tools to be more comfortable to use than dental floss.

Fill Out Your Schedule

Now, you know what to do. It’s up to you to keep your family’s teeth as clean and as healthy as they can be.

If you have not yet scheduled your next cleaning, call Highlands Ranch Smiles at 720-644-8186 or fill out our online form.

We want to be your family’s dentist if you live in or near Highlands Ranch, CO.

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