Healthy teeth for life – Tips for families

Calgary Dentist - South Trail Crossing Dental

Tis the season…to keep your teeth and gums healthy! It’s so easy during this crazy time of year for you and others in your family to put your oral health on the back burner. That’s what the team at South Trail Crossing Dental is here for, to make your oral health our priority. To help you maintain good oral health any time of year and help prevent any future issues for you and your family we have listed out some tips for you.

  1. Children should brush at the first sign of teeth. Teeth appear in babies usually around 6 months, and this is when you should begin a good oral health regimen. Once those first teeth have fully erupted, or by the age of 1 is when you should also bring your child in to South Trail Crossing Dental for their first checkup. Even with great strides in oral health, 25% of children show signs of tooth decay before they turn 5 years old. Furthermore, 50% of children between the ages of 12 and 15 have cavities!


  1. Your child’s permanent molars become visible at around 6. Sealants are thin layers of resin that are placed on the pits, fissures, and grooves of molars to prevent decay on these surfaces. They are one of the most effective methods of preventing decay on the surfaces where they are placed, especially in children. Sealants can also be used for adults, especially when a cavity looks as though it may be forming. Sealants are available at South Trail Crossing Dental


  1. Fluoride is okay to use in small amounts. Fluoride strengthens enamel, making it less likely to decay. Although there is small amounts of fluoride in our drinking water in Alberta, most of us drink filtered water and do not get enough fluoride in our everyday diet. If additional fluoride is needed, many toothpastes and mouth rinses contain fluoride. In young children, only a small amount of fluoride should be used (a pea-sized dab) on a toothbrush. Too much can cause white spots to appear on teeth. If you have any questions about fluoride, give us a call! We’ll be glad to help.


  1. Make sure you brush twice a day and floss at least once a day! 75% of teenagers experience bleeding gums. As adults, flossing is something we tend not to do, so imagine how much less our kids are doing it. Help remind them about the importance, by setting an example and also reminding them. Buy them floss that is easy for them. Aside from brushing and flossing, remember to change your toothbrush at least once per season. For more basic tips, talk to one of our talented hygienists at South Trail Crossing Dental. We’re here to help!


  1. At any age, a healthy diet and lifestyle is essential to healthy teeth and gums. A well balanced diet of whole foods, with limited sugar intake, can improve your oral health and even prevent potential oral issues. Avoid high acidic and sugary drinks as much as possible. Eat foods that are loaded in calcium. In regards to a healthy lifestyle, tobacco use is not only bad for your general health, but it can potentially lead to oral cancer and gum disease. Consider quitting if you smoke or chew tobacco.


The single best tip we can give you is to call and book an appointment with us! In a routine visit, our hygienists will remove excess plaque buildup for a good deep cleaning. Our team will also be able to detect signs of oral cancer, wear and tear from tooth grinding & signs of gum disease. Don’t let your family’s oral health go without proper care, give us a call and we will help you help them!

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