Our doctors at Clagett Dental know and appreciate the importance of family, and because of this, they want you to know how to keep your family’s teeth and gums healthy. If you’re curious about some helpful tips about easy ways you can improve your and your family’s dental health at home, keep reading. Your family dentist at Clagett Dental in Elizabethtown has you covered.
- Brush and Floss Your Teeth Regularly
Everyone in Elizabethtown knows they should brush their teeth daily, but our doctors have found that many are still unaware of the recommended proper oral hygiene that goes beyond brushing. In fact, your family dentist recommends brushing not once, but twice a day (and after meals if possible), flossing once a day, and using antibacterial mouthwash once a day. Taking these steps and developing these habits can greatly improve your and your family’s oral health.
- Teach Your Children Good Dental Hygiene Habits Early
This may come as a surprise, but your family dentist at Clagett Dental recommends bringing your children in for their first dental appointment around the age of 1. This first appointment is more about helping your child get comfortable with your family dentist, our office, and building trust. When your children are old enough—around age 2, let them try brushing their teeth themselves. They’ll still need help finishing the job, but they’ll start learning the fundamentals of effective brushing.
- Change Your Toothbrush Every Few Months
Replacing your toothbrush regularly is vital to improving your dental health at home. Toothbrush bristles become worn down over time, which affects their ability to properly clean your teeth. Our doctors at Clagett Dental in Elizabethtown recommends changing your toothbrush at least every three months, or at the first sign of wear.
- Don’t Smoke or Use Other Tobacco Products
Not only is tobacco bad for your overall health, but it is bad for your oral health as well. Tobacco products stain teeth, increase your risk of gum disease and oral cancer, and leave you with bad breath—all the time. If you are a tobacco user, the thing you can do for your dental health is to stop your tobacco habit. If you need help quitting, talk to one of our doctors, and they can recommend you to an Elizabethtown smoking cessation program.
- Avoid Foods High in Sugar
Foods and drinks high in sugar linger in your mouth and cling to the surfaces of your teeth, which allows for the build-up of bacteria—and bacteria leads to cavities, bad breath, and other oral health conditions.
- Prioritize Your Bi-annual Cleanings With Your Family Dentist
Making and keep your bi-annual cleanings with your family dentist is a vital step to protecting and improving your dental health. These visits are just as important as any dental care practices you can do at home because your family dentist will remove plaque, clean your teeth, and check for signs of decay and other health conditions.
Choose One of Our Doctors as Your Family Dentist
Your family’s dental health is important, and setting up regular appointments with one of our doctors is easy.
If you’re ready to get you and your family on a schedule and improve your dental health, call Clagett Dental in Elizabethtown today at (270) 769-3306 to make an appointment with a family dentist in our office.