Family Dentistry in Tustin, CA
Good oral health is important at every age. Healthy teeth and gums signify more than an attractive smile—it often reflects good general health, confidence and a personal sense of well-being. Proper oral hygiene starting at home can help protect your family’s teeth from cavities and prevent gum disease.
Prevention is Key
Everyone, including young children, should visit a family dentist twice a year for checkups, cleanings, and x-rays. Why? These checkups give our family dental team a chance to monitor and address any concerns or changes in your or your child’s smiles. Kids’ smiles, in particular, are growing and developing rapidly and we want to make sure they are reaching all of those milestones. By bringing them in twice a year we can make sure that everything is developing properly while also cleaning you and your family’s teeth to reduce the risk for cavities and gum disease.
If you neglect the care of your teeth at home and fail to go to the dentist regularly, accumulated plaque could potentially lead to the development of tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. The good news is that being diligent about your dental health care at home and by seeing your dentist on a regular basis, you and your family will be more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime.
The following tips can help your family reach optimal oral health to promote a lifetime of healthy smiles:
- Practice Good Oral Hygiene - The health of your smile is a reflection of how well you take care of your teeth and gums. It should go without saying that you and your family should brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss daily to remove plaque build up from the large surfaces of the teeth and under the gums. Most of us learn these habits as children, and that’s why it’s important for parents to play an active role in helping kids learn the proper techniques for brushing and flossing.
- Snacking & Tooth Decay - Frequent snacking can be your mouth’s biggest enemy. That’s because when sugars or starches in your mouth come in contact with plaque, the acids produced can attack teeth for several minutes after you finish eating. Repeated attacks can break down the enamel on the surface of teeth, fueling tooth decay. To prevent cavities, consume sugary foods and drinks with meals rather than in between. If you must snack throughout the day, then brush immediately after to cleanse the mouth of food.
Along with limiting how frequently you eat, you should also pay attention to the types of foods and drinks your family is consuming. Limit your intake of sugary, starchy foods, and replace them with healthy choices, such as raw vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains.
- Fluoride - Teeth are attacked by plaque daily. The acids produced by plaque weaken the enamel, which eventually leads to decay. That’s why it is important to make sure you are getting enough fluoride. Fluoride is absorbed into the enamel, helping to repair and prevent cavities. Some children may benefit from fluoride supplements. Ask [Name of Practice] about the best fluoride treatment plan for your family at your next visit.
- Check ups - Regular visits to your Tustin dentist are a very important part of maintaining good dental health. The American Dental Association recommends scheduling dental appointments twice a year. A professional dentist can detect problems in their earliest stages, and will make sure your kids’ teeth are developing properly as they grow. [Name of Practice] can clean the areas of your teeth that regular brushing can’t, helping you avoid unnecessary cavities and dental treatment.
Benefits of Seeing Your Tustin Family Dentist
One of the major benefits of a family dentist is that they specialize in dental care for all ages. Here at our Tustin, CA, practice, Dr. Santos and her team have worked with children as young as one year old up to seniors. We have received specialized training to be able to provide our patients with the care they need for all stages of their life.
This also means that you and your family can get all of your dental needs met in just one convenient location. Since our patients can’t outgrow us, we have patients who’ve been coming to us time and time again for many years.