Dental Care tips for patients in Azusa
Family and general dentistry are as much about preventing dental problems as they are about treating them. Through regular care and education, Dr. Brianne Luu believes that many dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease can be avoided, leading to the best oral health for you and your family. At Gentle Care Dentistry in Azusa, CA, Dr. Luu and her team encourage patients to practice good oral care, and parents to be a good role models for their children.
Most patients know exactly what they need to do to keep their mouths healthy. However, practicing those habits can be a challenge. Many individuals rush through teeth brushing or skip flossing because they’re tired or in a hurry. The American Dental Association explains that teeth need to be brushed for two full minutes.
Each tooth needs to have its entire surface area cleaned – the front, back, top, and sides. To reach the sides of the tooth, you’ll need to floss. It’s just as important as brushing.
It’s also critical to introduce your child to good oral habits at a young age. As soon as the first tooth erupts, you can introduce a soft bristled toothbrush. While you want your child to learn the right techniques, you also need to make sure the teeth are properly brushed. Perhaps you could brush the teeth first and then let your child have a turn. If your little one is hesitant about teeth brushing, consider letting him or her pick out the toothbrush or toothpaste. It may be more fun if a favorite character or color is on the toothbrush. Each child responds differently to practice and instruction. Find the approach that works best with your child, and be sure to be consistent.
Finally, it’s important to understand and educate your family on how the foods they eat and habits they form can affect the health of their teeth and gums. Lollipops, candy bars, fruit juice, and soda are all high in sugar content. While we can’t always avoid these items, they should be consumed in moderation and teeth should be brushed, or rinsed with water, immediately following. In addition, biting on hard objects such as pencils, hard pretzels, or ice can break teeth. Discourage these habits in your children.
Oral health is a key factor in overall health and wellness. Dr. Luu is committed to providing the education and support that families need in order to ensure oral health and wellness.