Family dental care may not be something you consider fun, maybe not as fun as family game night, but it is important for your family’s overall health. In fact, role modeling a healthy dental experience for your children can make a huge difference in their perspective of dental care and have a positive impact their health.
Did you know:
- Regular family dental care reduces the chances for gum disease that results in tooth loss
- Regular dental visits can catch oral cancers earlier to stop larger complications
- Dental cleanings every six months can reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease
And that’s not the only health link to dental health-
“…surprising new studies suggest that serious gum disease may actually contribute to diabetes as it affects blood glucose control.”
Family Dental Care: More than Brushing and Flossing
A child should have their first dental visit by their first birthday, or within 6 months of their first tooth. This will give your child the opportunity to experience the dentist in a friendly way. The dentist will examine your child’s mouth and look for any problem areas. They will assess the need for fluoride and discuss oral habits with you, such as teething concerns, thumb or lip sucking, eating and more.
Around the age of 6 and into adulthood, family dental care should include x-rays, cleanings and examinations. X-rays for children will help your dentist see if all the adult teeth are growing in properly, and that there are no jaw or bite concerns.
X-rays are also beneficial in checking for more serious concerns such as impacted teeth, cysts and abscesses. These are things not always seen without the use of x-ray, and your dentist can make recommendations about when they are needed.
A comprehensive dental exam allows the dentist to check your mouth for signs of disease or problem areas. He or she will check teeth for cavities and decay and examine gum health with the goal of early treatment.
Cleaning with specialized equipment will keep plaque build-up and tartar, the leading cause of cavities, bad breath and gum disease, from the enamel and below the gum line. The cleaning will also include flossing and polishing your teeth.
Family Dental Care: When an emergency arises
Regular dental care will allow dentists to have preliminary dental x-rays and documentation, as well as a relationship with the patient, if an emergency happens. Family dental care is designed as a preventative maintenance for overall health, and yet sometimes, dental emergencies come up. Working with a dentist you know and trust will help with overall care in both prevention and corrective or restorative dental concerns.
If you are looking for a family dental care provider in Colorado Springs, McIntyre DDS would like to meet you and show you what makes us different. Call us today to meet our friendly, caring staff and begin or continue your family dental practices with us.