Your family’s dental health is as important as their general health. Some oral hygiene tips can help everyone in your family have healthy teeth and gums.
1. Consider that each member of your family may have different oral care needs. This can mean purchasing special products, choosing an orthodontist for your teen, or making dental visits more frequently than for other family members.
2. Set a good example for healthy nutrition. If you do most of the grocery shopping for your family, do not buy unhealthy products for yourself and expect others to adjust. Choose healthy foods and beverages for the entire family.
3. Try making home oral care a family affair. Your kids will be more likely to practice good oral habits when they are encouraged to floss and brush with Mom or Dad.
4. Set up a schedule for dental visits. If each person visits the dentist on a different date, mark the calendar in advance. You can use bright markers or stickers so it will seem like a game. Your kids will count the days and look forward to their appointments.
5. Schedule one day per month to discuss dental health and oral hygiene. You can talk about dental visits, oral care products, how to improve brushing and flossing techniques, and answer any questions your children may have about oral health.
6. When you purchase new toothbrushes for your family, mark on the calendar the date to replace the brushes. It is recommended you purchase new toothbrushes at least every six months. However, if someone has a cold or flu, buy a new brush for better oral health and their general health.
7. Prepare your bathroom to reflect good oral health habits. Have a dispenser filled with disposable paper cups instead of using plastic cups. Use a toothbrush holder so brushes stay fresh and sanitary.
8. Regular dental appointments are essential for oral health. The oral care you practice at home cannot substitute for professional cleanings. When you want your teeth and gums to be healthy, plaque and tartar must be removed at the dentist’s office.
Your appointments are also good opportunities to discuss your concerns with your dentist. He may advise you to use different products, or teach you how to improve your techniques.
Oral hygiene has more benefits than a clean mouth, fresh breath, and a bright smile. It reduces your risk of oral health problems. When you start with these tips, everyone in your family can be healthy.