Seems like school just ended for the summer, but the back to school bell will be ringing very soon- here are a few things you can do to help keep your kids’ teeth healthy for when they go back to school! • Plan healthy lunches. Things that are good for teeth include high-calcium dairy products such as milk or cheese; strawberries, which can actually help whiten teeth; high-fiber foods like spinach or beans; and for daily drinks, water. • Re-stock dental supplies. It’s never a bad time to check to make sure you’re all stocked up on dental supplies. It may even be worth it to leave a bit of floss in your kids’ lunches each day, so they can clean their teeth while they’re at school. • Set up a rewards program. If your kids have fallen into bad habits during summer, help refocus them by setting up a rewards program. For instance, brushing their teeth can be worth 15 minutes of video-game time and flossing can be another 15. (This can work well for parents, too, with a little self-discipline.) For now, enjoy the rest of the summer!
The kids summer camps, your nephew’s wedding, the roof that was leaking…it happens to us all at one point and time, too many things going on and we skip dental visits. Now is the perfect time to get back on track with your dental visits!
People who stay on track with their cleanings are more likely to have less work that needs to be done and small cavities are detected before they get too large.
What happens when you miss cleanings?
Tartar develops at the gumline of your teeth and builds up until it is professionally cleaned.
Usually everyone should be seen every 3 to 6 months depending on how many restorations they have or how fast they build tartar.
If either are a concern, then you are more than likely a candidate for a 3 month cleaning.
What do you do in the mean time to keep teeth clean?
The best toothbrush on the market right now is a Sonicare toothbrush. This electric toothbrush rotates in ways that a manual toothbrush can not and gets under the gums at angles that we usually can not. We carry Sonicare in our office and we would love to show you how great it is at your next visit!
Flossing is extremely important in between cleanings as well.
So yes, we all get busy, but it’s never too late to get back on track! Call us now to schedule your next cleaning!