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Now that we are well into August, the tyranny of back to school routines is overtaking the lives of families all over America.
We know how crazy and stressful this time of year can be. Still, we want you to help you keep your mouth clean and your smile looking great, regardless of the season.
Today, we are talking specifically to families (although everyone could benefit from a good prevention program), who want to keep their kids on-track during this transitional period.
As a parent, you have an enormous responsibility to set a good example and establish high expectations for your children.
To help you get the job done day in and day out, we have come up with a few easily taught tips and explanations that should make good sense no matter what your age is.
Keep reading and then be sure to follow up with our Butte, MT team to schedule your next preventive appointment with Dr. Brennick.
Brush Like You Mean It!
You need to brush your teeth twice a day, at least. For brushing to be fully effective, it is very important to brush for at least two minutes when you do engage in this activity. This is your basic defense against cavities, gum disease, and so forth. But brushing is only the beginning of the prevention program.
Find The Floss
Brushing is a non-negotiable. But you will only ever be able to reach certain areas of your mouth with the help dental floss. So, plan on flossing every day as well.
Flossing is one of the only ways you can hope to remove plaque from the often overlooked regions in between your teeth.
While your kids are young, instill flossing as a healthy habit that they will want to carry with them as they grow. If they grumble, remind them that it is easier than dealing with fillings, root canals, and extractions down the road!
Rinse With Fluoride
Depending on the age of your children, a good mouthwash can help prevent bad things from happening. Especially if it contains fluoride. Just be sure to read the labels for appropriateness.
Visit Butte Family Dental
Coming in every 3-6 months for professional teeth cleanings will make it much easier for us to build on your efforts at home to eliminate plaque and tartar from your teeth and keep any disease and decay at bay.
We have tools and training that you don’t have access to in your house! During your comprehensive dental exam with Dr. Brennick, you will be screened for periodontal disease, oral cancer, and other issues that could be affecting your overall health and wellness.
According to your needs, we might recommend extra protection like dental sealants or fluoride treatments while you are here.
Obviously, we want nothing more than to keep you in tip-top shape. But in order to do that, we have to see you often enough to remain in-step with your ever-evolving dental needs.
Protect Your Family!
Your family’s oral health is an important matter. A healthy mouth and a great-looking smile will be the key to health and happiness later on.
At this juncture, the task of protecting your family involves teaching your children good habits through your own rigorous example. We think you can handle it! Especially with a little direction from us.
Teach your children how to brush and to floss properly. Turn them on to the benefits of fluoride. But, more than that, teach them how to find a dentist that they can trust with their smiles so that they will never be alone in their efforts.
To learn more about our preventive dentistry program in Butte, Montana, or to schedule your next appointment, contact us today!