You wouldn’t brush your baby’s teeth the same way you would as an elderly patient; for both age groups, there are different dental care techniques required to keep your teeth healthy and shining. Join Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming as we explore the best tips to care for your teeth at any age here in Nashville, TN.
- Before your infant’s first teeth emerge, start cleaning their gums with a wet washcloth. It’s a gentle way to clean, and also helps them get used to having their mouth cleaned. They’ll be more comfortable with oral care later when they start brushing.
- Once teeth start to emerge, switch to a small, soft-bristle toothbrush for babies. Where two teeth are touching, start flossing between them as well.
- Start instilling the habit of brushing and flossing twice a day with your child. Teach them how to brush in circular form, and use only a pea-size of toothpaste. Children tend to squeeze too much toothpaste onto their brushes, so make sure they are using the right amount.
- Take your child for semi-annual visits to the Dentistry of Nashville for cleanings. If your child is nervous, think of ways to make it a positive experience. We can also help keep your child comfortable and calm during the treatment.
Teens and Adults
- Be vigilant about brushing and flossing twice a day. Most adults are plagued with tartar and plaque, the root causes of tooth decay.
- Gum disease is another common oral health risk among adults, and comes about when the gums become red, inflamed, or bleed during flossing.
- Maintain regular check-ups with your dentist every six months at the Dentistry of Nashville. This way, we can check for early warning signs of oral diseases, as well as screen for oral cancer.
- Adults can also qualify for cosmetic dental treatments, from teeth whitening to porcelain veneers. Adults must have a fully-formed jawbone and teeth to undergo cosmetic treatments.
- Are your teeth starting to feel sensitive? Switch to a sensitivity toothpaste to see if the symptoms are alleviated.
- If manually brushing your teeth is becoming difficult, try switching to an electric toothbrush to maintain that circular rotation during brushing. Continue flossing your teeth as well.
- Missing one or more teeth? Now’s a great time to look into dental implants. We can help restore your smile to a complete and brilliant form with natural-looking and durable implants.
- If you’re afflicted with certain health conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular or respiratory disease, keep your dentist updated at Dentistry of Nashville. You bodily health could impact your oral health.
- Dry mouth is common among seniors, so if you feel that your mouth is dry or you have a lack of saliva, let us know. Certain bodily health conditions and medications can be the cause of dry mouth.
General Dentistry with Dentistry of Nashville
Did you find the tips you were looking for? If you’d like more advice on how to best care for your teeth at your age, don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule a consultation with Drs. Elam, Vaughan or Fleming. We also offer general dentistry and preventative care for all ages at Dentistry of Nashville, a family dentistry. From your youngest child to your in-laws, we can provide healthy treatments for all of your family members here in Nashville, TN.