Oral Health for All Ages

Woman flossing her teethCavities, gum sensitivity, tooth decay, dry mouth, and bad breath are some common dental problems that can make you hide your smile. That is why maintaining good oral health is vital. The experts at Glenlake Dental Care promote personal efforts to maintaining good oral hygiene. Making regular visits to your general dentist at Glenview is also essential to keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Understand Your Family's Dental Care Needs

Everyone needs good dental care. In fact, dental care varies depending on a person’s age, as we encounter different dental challenges throughout life. Children require special care as milk teeth grow and fall out, and as permanent teeth grow, they must learn to care for these teeth, too. Adults, on the other hand, will experience dental problems brought on by wear and tear.

Oral Hygiene

Good dental hygiene is a habit that we must instill in our children while they are young. Encourage the kids to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day to prevent the buildup of tartar and plaque. Encourage a well-balanced diet. The food you eat can significantly affect your oral health. For example, foods high in starch or sugar lead to the buildup of plaque acids which cause tooth decay. Dentists recommend rinsing your mouth well after eating such foods. Also, make sure you have fluoridated drinking water and use toothpaste that has fluoride.

As you age, the same steps still apply in maintaining good oral hygiene, but problems may arise that require special attention. Some chronic conditions, as well as some medications, lead to dry mouth, which can also increase the risk for cavities and tooth decay. Use a moisturizing mouthwash or chew sugar-free gum to promote salivation.

Professional Dental Care

There are various ways you can make sure you have good dental health. But, aside from those, make sure to visit the dentist regularly – whether or not you feel any symptoms. A dentist can assess your teeth and gums to make sure that you are not at risk for any dental problems.