Taking care of your teeth is very important regardless of your age. There are many steps that you can follow to keep your teeth healthy for your entire life, so we wanted to break them down by phases starting from the very beginning of life.
According to research, 40% of the women in the world don’t see a dentist while they are pregnant. While the teeth of the mother are surely important, there are other factors to take into account if you want to be sure that your child’s teeth get off to the right start. Your child’s teeth start to develop during the early stages of pregnancy before delivery, and a woman can support this through healthy eating habits comprising calcium-rich foods, vegetables, and fruits. Many women develop gum disease while they are pregnant due to dietary changes, morning sickness, and hormonal changes. Studies have also shown a correlation between gum disease and pre-term labor. All of these factors are reasons that we recommend that women continue their dental visits during pregnancy.
Toddler and babies
A baby’s first teeth will start to grow from 6 months up to the age of 3 years when nearly 20 teeth will have grown in. As soon as your baby starts to grow teeth, you should start to brush them gently using a soft toothbrush so that you can prevent them from decaying, and so that you can get them used to the idea of brushing their teeth.
Toothpaste as small as a grain of rice is enough for kids of 3 years and below. Try to make brushing fun so that your toddlers have good feelings associated with brushing. You can also take your child to a dentist for an examination twice per year when their teeth start to grow.
When kids get older and are able to spit out their toothpaste, they can use a larger amount of toothpaste and brush for about 2 minutes and at least twice a day. It is also important to get your kids used to the idea of flossing at a young age. Trying to limit sugar intake is also a great idea, but helping them understand to brush after consuming sugars is even more important as they are likely to consume sugar at certain points in their life no matter how much you try to keep them away from it.
Kids( between 4 years to 12 years)
Many children start to lose their baby teeth between ages 4 and 7. This process can last up to age 12 and sometimes even longer. Fighting decay in baby teeth is important as it can cause infections and pain, but it is especially important as your kids start to grow their adult teeth. After all, you only get one set of adult teeth. Proper brushing and flossing becomes even more vital than in the earlier years.
When it comes to teens you will realize that the oral health is of great importance to them because they want their breath to smell good, and they want their smile to be visually appealing. Brushing and flossing are still vital to maintaining a healthy smile, but your teenager may also be interested in braces, teeth whitening, or even other cosmetic procedures.
Adults under 40 years
Many adults have already taken the steps to get their teeth straight by the time they make it through their teenage years, but this is not always the case. Many adults opt for invisalign, or another form of invisible braces to help straighten their teeth.
Teeth whitening is always a great solution to helping adults achieve a whiter smile. Other options for improving the appearance of your smile as an adult include dental implants, teeth whitening, or even porcelain veneers.
As always, brushing and flossing regularly is imperative.
Adults over 40 years
At this stage many adults may start to experience dental issues such as dry mouth, discoloration, tooth sensitivity and tooth loss. It is important to have a good dentist that you can trust through this phase of your life. Staying on top of small issues and striving to keep all of your teeth is of top priority. Losing teeth can seriously detract from your quality of life as you get older, so we want to be sure that you can continue being confident in your smile and enjoying the food that you love!