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Just like table manners, learning oral hygiene requires a little instruction and regular practice. In addition to visiting your family dentist in Sudbury, MA, Dr. Reina Garcia, for regular checkups, practicing good oral care can help your children maintain healthy smiles.
Establish a routine
Reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease starts with daily oral hygiene sessions. When brushing and flossing become part of your kids' day at a young age, the routine soon becomes a habit.
Morning and evening oral hygiene sessions eliminate plaque, a sticky, colorless film that causes tooth decay, and also reduce your children's risk of gum disease.
It's never too soon to start oral care. Wipe your baby's gums with a moistened washcloth or piece of gauze twice a day to prevent plaque from attacking emerging teeth. When a tooth finally appears, brush it with a rice-sized bit of toothpaste. As more teeth erupt, gradually increase the amount of toothpaste used.
Be a role model
Kids learn by watching what you do. Show them how you brush your own teeth or demonstrate on a doll. Teach your kids to hold the bristle against the teeth at a 45-degree angle and use soft, gentle strokes.
Help your children brush and floss until they can handle the job themselves. Most kids can brush independently around age 7 or 8, although they may need help with flossing a little longer. If your child is a reluctant flosser, flossing picks, interdental brushes, or water-powered brushes may make flossing easier.
Encourage your children to brush for at least two minutes. Brushing for shorter periods can leave plaque behind, according to the American Dental Association.
Give Your Child Some Autonomy
Kids may be more willing to brush and floss if they have some input into their oral hygiene schedule and the products they use. Let them choose a toothbrush and a toothpaste flavor at a Sudbury area drugstore. Do you dread the nightly brushing session? The more tired your child becomes, the less cooperative he or she may be. If brushing before bed triggers a little crankiness, schedule brushing for a half-hour or hour before bedtime instead.
Protect your children's smiles with regular visits to the Sudbury, MA, family dentist. Call Dr. Garcia at (978) 443-5500 to schedule your appointment.
Preventive care should play an essential role in everyone’s dental routine. The focus of preventive care is on preventing the development of oral health problems, such as cavities or gum disease. There are several components to preventive care, including regular dental checkups and cleanings. At Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, our skilled family dentist, Dr. Reina Garcia, can help you develop an oral health routine that includes preventive care.
Oral Exams and Cleanings
Scheduling regular oral exams and cleanings are two of the most important steps you can take toward preventing cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems. During a regular dental checkup at our office in Sudbury, our experienced family dentist can examine your teeth and gums for potential concerns so they can be treated promptly. Catching issues early on makes helps prevent the problem from spreading or becoming worse.
Having your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis is also essential to maintaining optimal oral health. A professional dental cleaning helps clear away stubborn plaque and tartar buildup. These threats to the health of your teeth and gums cannot be completely removed by brushing and flossing at home. Tartar buildup can only be fully removed by a skilled dental professional using the proper tools. Failing to remove plaque and tartar regularly can lead to gum disease, cavities, and other issues.
Practicing Healthy Habits at Home
There are several preventive measures you can take at home to ensure your teeth and gums remain as healthy as possible. Practicing healthy habits daily can also contribute to better dental checkups with few oral health concerns to address. Preventive care steps you can take at home include:
- Brushing twice each day with a toothpaste containing fluoride
- Gently brushing the teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Avoid brushing too harshly or abrasively
- Flossing between teeth daily
- Limiting sugary items in the diet
- Avoiding the use of tobacco products
Preventive care is an excellent way to maintain a healthier mouth. Preventive care should include regular dental checkups and cleanings, as well as implementing healthily habits at home. To schedule a checkup with Dr. Garcia, our friendly family dentist, call Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA, at (978) 443-5500.
Find out how turning to your dentist regularly could improve your oral health.
I think we can all agree that life gets pretty hectic; however, if you have found that life has taken over so much that you don’t remember the last time you visited the dentist, then we might have a problem. These routine checkups with our Sudbury, MA, family dentist, Dr. Reina Garcia, are important for everyone. Why? Let’s find out.
Cavities and gum disease are two of the most common dental issues to affect both children and adults. In fact, US adults between the ages of 20-64 had untreated cavities and about 96 percent had decay by the time they turned 65.
Approximately 20 percent of children between the ages of 5-11 and 13 percent of teens between the ages of 12-19 had at least one untreated cavity. And, as many as 50 percent of US adults have some form of gum disease.
While these statistics might freak you out, you’ll be happy to hear a little good news. Visiting your Sudbury general dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings can go a long way to preventing issues from happening and can even be instrumental in detecting problems early on when they are much easier to handle.
Most healthy individuals don’t need to come in more than twice a year (every six months) for preventive dental care. Since many of these problems don’t have symptoms, these routine checkups may be the only way to catch an issue. And, as you might imagine, the sooner you are able to pinpoint a cavity or gum disease the sooner you can treat it before more serious and lifelong complications occur.
There are certain factors that can increase your risk for decay and/or gum disease, which may mean that you could benefit from coming in every three or four months. While these more frequent cleanings and exams aren’t often required for the long-term, they may be ideal for certain high-risk individuals such as:
- Pregnant women
- Menopausal women
- Heavy alcohol drinkers
- Those with weakened immune systems
- Those with a personal history of cavities
Millbrook Smiles in Sudbury, MA, is dedicated to providing you and your family with the routine, cosmetic and even restorative dentistry you need to keep everyone smiling. If you need to schedule a routine cleaning for you or a member of your family, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
You can have one dentist in Sudbury for your whole family. Caring for children through senior adults, Dr. Reina Garcia provides the finest in preventative, restorative and cosmetic treatments so you'll enjoy going to Millbrook Smiles. What can your family dentist in Sudbury, MA do for you today?
You brush and floss at home. You watch your diet and encourage your family in tooth-friendly eating. So why go to the family dentist?
Frankly, no matter what your age or walk of life, you need routine hygienic cleanings and dental exams every six months. Plaque and tartar target your teeth and gums with decay and gum disease, the number one cause of tooth loss in the US, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Your family dentist in Sudbury provides the extra vigilance and diagnostic skill needed to spot dental and gingival problems early on while they are treatable.
Additionally, Dr. Garcia:
- Checks condition of existing fillings, crowns and other restorations
- Recommends plastic sealants and fluoride treatments for teeth at risk for decay (these services are for adults, too)
- Performs oral cancer screening
- Takes digital X-rays to visualize bone structure and roots
- Checks dental bite and alignment
Yes, your family dentist takes your findings and formulates a treatment plan for each patient. The goal is healthy teeth and gums and a great smile.
Dr. Garcia and her team go beyond preventive care. They restore damaged smiles, too, with tooth-colored fillings, root canal therapy, crowns and bridgework, dentures, and dental implants.
Plus, your dentist delivers the best in emergency care--advice and quick treatment when you and yours need it most. Parents, you know you have a caring and competent friend at Millbrook Smiles if your child suffers an oral injury of any kind. The team is just a phone call away, and they'll also help you when a toothache or cracked filling happens to you or an older relative.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that your smile can look as good as it feels. Today's aesthetic treatments deliver great smiles that boost self-confidence and are truly durable, too.
Dr. Garcia wants to know how you would like the appearance of your smile to change. Then, together you can work toward achieving those goals. She offers:
- Porcelain veneers, to disguise and strengthen chipped, cracked or stained teeth
- Professional teeth whitening to brighten dingy tooth enamel
- Composite resin bonding to repair small defects such as gaps and chips
- Invisalign clear aligners which help teens and adults improve tooth alignment and aesthetics without metal braces
It's all here
Why not bring your family to Millbrook Smiles? Everything you need for healthy smiles is under one roof. Contact us today for your convenient appointment times. You'll be greeted with a smile and leave the office with a healthier one of your own. Call (978) 443-5500.
Brushing is the most effective way in order to remove plaque from both the teeth and gums. Getting this off quickly helps to prevent bacteria from turning into acids that lead to cavities. A good oral hygiene routine helps keep your teeth looking their best for a lifetime. Dr. Reina Garcia in Sudbury, MA, can offer helpful brushing and flossing tips to her patients.
About Good Oral Hygiene
Most dentists suggest brushing two to three times a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Use a circular brushing motion with the brush at a 45-degree angle. Brush the tongue too in order to remove harmful germs or bacteria that can stay trapped in the mouth. Replace the toothbrush every few months. Our family dentist in Sudbury can demonstrate to her patients the best way to brush.
With flossing, once daily is recommended. Flossing helps to remove bacteria and other things from places that the toothbrush can’t reach in the mouth. This is considered the best preventative technique against plaque. This helps prevent gum disease, cavities and other dental problems. It also improves blood circulation to the gums. Use the loop or spool method that can be learned at a visit with Dr. Garcia. Never snap the floss as that can damage the gums causing them to be tender and/or bleed.
Dr. Garcia, a family dentist in Sudbury, MA, can teach her patients the proper way to take care of their teeth and gums regularly. After a thorough dental examination and cleaning, she can learn of any dental issues that must be remedied in the mouth too. Preventative exams and cleanings, once every six months, helps reduce the chance of future dental problems. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Garcia today, call our office at (978) 448-5500 today.