Posted on: 20 September 2017Share
Did you grow up in a family that paid a lot of attention to dental health? Perhaps your parents were a bit more relaxed about dental health care. Either way, if you have decided that dental health is important for you and for your family members, from home dental care to regular visits to the dentist, here are some ideas that might help you to maintain excellent dental health for yourself and for your family:
At Home - Remember the old adage, Do as I say, not as I do? Forget it!
- Set an example for your kids. For example, after having a treat, make it a point to say something like, Well, that was a great treat, and now I'm headed to brush my teeth.
- Reward good dental practices. For instance, have a chart that your children fill out. A gold star for every day they brush and floss might merit a visit to a treasure box that holds fun little toys.
- Think about having a stash of extra toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes. Pay attention to when you and your children need to chuck the old brush and replace it with a new one.
- Consider buying a water system that is specially designed to clean between your teeth.
At The Dental Office - When you shop for a dentist, think about selecting one that is good with kids.
- A pediatric dentist is a good idea, but having a dentist who will take care of all of your family's dental needs might be more practical.
- Think of the months that are most convenient for you to visit your dentist.
- Since six-month intervals may be recommended by your dentist, consider choosing June and December for the visits. That way they'll be home from school and won't have to miss classes.
- As you select your dentist, check out the office staff, too. For example, are the workers in the front office courteous and helpful? Is the dental hygienist good with kids?
As you establish a good relationship with your family dentist, he or she will be happy to also recommend specialists when the time arrises. For example, if you or any of your family members needs braces, your dentist will recommend an orthodontist who can do the job. If you experience unexpected problems, like an extreme pain in your mouth, the dentist will more than likely fit you into his or her schedule.