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Oral hygiene tips for Redlands, CA, kids and families

The health of your family includes good oral care for everyone from the grownups to the littlest of the children. Finding a dentistry practice who can treat the whole family, but who understands that each individual is unique is key to keeping everyone smiling their best smile.

Dr. Terry Vines of Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry in Redlands, CA believes that good oral care begins young. Establishing good habits starts your child on a path of understanding the importance of keeping their mouth healthy. Alternatively, maintaining those habits and understanding how your dental care needs change as you age is also key to ensuring your smile stays bright through adulthood.

Dr. Vines and his team offer the following tips for good dental care for kids and the whole family.

  • Start young. Begin brushing or wiping your baby’s gums with a very soft toothbrush or cloth as soon as the first tooth erupts. As his teeth come in, ensure that morning and night brushing is part of the routine.
  • Keep your appointments. Dentist appointments are important for all ages. However, young children need to maintain consistency and learn that the dentist office is a safe and comfortable place. These appointments are important for parents and children to learn proper care for their teeth and gums. Additionally, regular checkups provide the dentist with the opportunity to identify potential issues before they become problems.
  • Maintain good habits. Brushing and flossing are important, but so is keeping your diet healthy. Avoiding foods or beverages that have high sugar content is important. Those foods can leave a sticky, sugary residue on your teeth, leading to the perfect environment for plaque and bacteria to grow. Also, avoid habits such as biting on hard items like ice or pens or using your mouth to open bottles or packaging.
  • Know that your mouth affects your overall health. Many health issues can be improved or treated by identifying the causes, which are often in your mouth. A dentist who understands that the health of your mouth affects the health of your body and knows the importance of treating the entire patient is key to keeping you healthy and keeping your smile bright.

Dr. Vines and the team at Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry are committed to helping patients achieve the happiest and healthiest of smiles.

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