By Craig Blogin, D.D.S.
March 07, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentist   Blogin  
Think you know everything about proper brushing and flossing techniques?  If you understand the basics and oral healthrecognize the importance of good dental health, then you are on the right track to a healthy mouth for a lifetime.  Your smile depends on simple dental care habits, such as brushing and flossing.  It is important to make sure you are using the right techniques in order to properly maintain optimum oral health.  As your go-to dentist in Ann Arbor, MI, Dr. Craig Blogin is available to offer you the best tips for maintaining a healthy smile for a child and an adult.
 
Your Child’s Oral Health
 
Some of the most important lessons a parent can give to their children involves teaching and demonstrating good oral health habits.  Start cleaning teeth early.  As soon as a child’s first tooth appears, you should clean it daily using a clean, damp cloth.  Once several teeth have erupted, you should switch to a small, soft-bristled tooth brush.  You should typically begin using toothpaste containing fluoride for your child’s teeth by the first birthday.
 
Fluoride is an important tool for fighting tooth decay.  Many patients, however, are unaware of how much should be used and what could happen if too much is used and swallowed by your child.  Since children under the age of six tend to swallow all or some portion of toothpaste, you should only use a small amount, approximately the size of a pea.  If you use too much, your child may be at risk for developing white spots on their permanent teeth years later from having swallowed too much fluoride. 
 
Because children’s abilities and maturity can vary greatly from child to child, you should brush your children’s teeth until they have they have demonstrated the ability to handle the task alone.  However, if you do give them the power to self-brush, it is important to continue to monitor them closely to ensure they are doing a thorough job, using the correct amount of toothpaste, and not brushing in a way that could damage their teeth or gums.
 
Adult Oral Health 
 
As adults we have a hectic, fast paced lifestyle that often leaves little time for an appropriate daily oral health care routine that is needed to prevent cavities and periodontal disease, which is one of the most common causes of tooth loss in adults.  An estimated 75 percent of Americans reportedly have some form of periodontal disease due to a decrease in proper oral health care.
 
Early detection reduces the risk of permanent damage to teeth and gums, preventing more extensive and costly treatment later on.  Regular visits to your dentist every six months will help you learn more about proper care for your teeth and gums.  These routine checkups are important because gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease, is usually painless and is typically not detected on your own. 
 
Remember, early detection and treatment of problems with your gums, teeth and mouth can help to ensure a lifetime of good oral health for you and your family.  Contact Dr. Craig Blogin, our Ann Arbor dentist, today for further consultation and to schedule your regular cleanings and checkups.

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