No matter what age you are, maintaining good oral care is essential for your overall health! This is why it’s important to get into a good routine of brushing, flossing, and scheduling regular dental checkups as soon as possible. Whether you’re a kid, a teen, an adult or a senior, there are certain specific dental practices you should be following – and oral health issues that you should look out for. Here are some dental tips for every stage of life, so you can maintain a beautiful, healthy smile!
Babies and Toddlers
Teething occurs between the ages of 3-9 months. According to the Canadian Dental Association, a child’s first trip to the dentist should be within six months of their first tooth appearing, and no later than their first birthday.
With young infants, it’s important to keep an eye out for potential oral health issues early on. Thumb sucking is completely natural and normal amongst young children, but make sure it doesn’t lead to problems with bite and tooth alignment. The same goes for baby bottle tooth decay, so avoid giving your child too much sugar and make sure they have adequate exposure to fluoride.
Kids and Teens
During this stage, it’s especially important that parents set a good example when it comes to oral health. Most kids start to lose baby teeth by age 6, so teach them a great dental hygiene routine to prevent cavities and tooth decay. You can easily encourage healthy smiles by having plenty of oral health-care supplies on hand, and by encouraging a healthy diet.
For image-conscious teens, teeth can be a source of deep insecurity. If your child wants straighter teeth or needs to correct their bite, schedule an appointment with your dentist to see whether Invisalign or traditional braces would be a better fit. It’s also worth noting that wisdom teeth usually come in during the late teens, and they may need to be removed due to crowding, pain or infection.
Oral care during your adult life is as just as important as it is throughout childhood. Neglected teeth and gums can lead to cavities, infection and tooth loss. If a cavity becomes too deep, root canals may be required. Daily brushing and flossing are the most effective way to prevent these issues and keep teeth and gums healthy – it may sound repetitive, but it’s true!
Women who are pregnant should schedule checkups between 4-6 months of pregnancy. If you have a sweet tooth while pregnant, or if you suffer from morning sickness, make sure to be extra diligent with oral hygiene.
Oral health is a lifestyle, and maintaining a healthy mouth when you are older can prevent a multitude of health problems. During this stage of your life it’s essential to schedule regular dental checkups (even if you have dentures) so your dentist can look out for any problems that need to be addressed. It’s also especially important to watch for early signs of oral cancer. If you notice any open sores or changes in the tongue and cheek lining, we offer oral cancer screenings.
Provided you stick to a good oral hygiene routine throughout your lifetime, most of the dental problems we have outlined can be easily prevented. At Whistler Dental, we offer general dentistry services for the entire family. To find out more about what you can be doing for you oral health at any age, book an appointment with us.