Good oral care is something that—as a parent—you should pass along to your children. This isn’t just about making sure they brush their teeth at night, though! It also involves taking them to the dentist regularly. These visits will help to ensure the health of their baby teeth, while also ensuring that that their teeth are coming in properly. These trips also help with your children’s overall oral health.
A trip to the family dentist isn’t just about your children, though! Your spouse and your teeth are also extremely important—making a trip to the dentist a necessity.
Your entire family should be visiting the dentist at least twice a year for checkups. While you may not have to all go at the same time, it’s important to make sure that you have a timeframe in mind for each member of your family—and even a rough date.
These regular checkups will help your dentist to discover any problems with any member of your family’s oral health, by examining the teeth, gums, tongue, cheeks and jaw, then taking routine dental x-rays to check for cavities or other abnormalities.
Your checkups will also typically involve a routine cleaning, which is fundamental for overall oral care. These cleanings will help to remove any built up plaque, and properly deep clean your teeth so they look shiny, and stay healthy. These cleanings will also help to improve the health of your gums. Some cleanings are more advanced if you have had a history of gum disease.
Higher Level of Care
During the routine cleaning and checkup of a family member or your oral health, the family dentist may discover something that requires a higher level of care. This may be something as simple as a cavity, but it may also be something more serious.
If your child’s teeth are erupting incorrectly, something like braces may be necessary to encourage proper development of their bite. Your family member may also have a tooth that has gotten bad enough that it needs a root canal.
In more severe cases, your family member may need:
These are all things that can generally be avoided with routine trips to the dentist.
There are some situations that you can’t avoid, though, like a tooth being chipped or knocked out. If this is the case, you should schedule a visit with your dentist immediately, before further damage can occur.
Maintaining Your Teeth and Oral Health
While your dentist can help to clean your teeth a couple of times a year, this isn’t enough to keep your teeth, gums, tongue, cheeks and jaw healthy. Instead, you’ll want to make sure every member of your family is practicing good oral care, including: brushing twice a day, flossing, rinsing and so on.
With proper maintenance, your children, your spouse and you will need less work done when you visit your dentist for a checkup, and will avoid most emergency services that come up—especially those that could have been avoided with good oral care.
Baer Dental Designs is one of Aurora’s leading family and cosmetic dentists. Contact us today to setup a consultation for your and your family (303)557-6453.
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