Pasadena, Texas Dentist:
Good Oral Health starts at home. Maintaining a healthy beautiful smile begins early. It’s important that you and your family brush teeth, floss, limit sugar intake and visit Dr. Nugent regularly.
Why is brushing and flossing important?
Brushing your teeth three times a day with a fluoride toothpaste plays a major role in reducing the growth of plaque. Plaque is a thin sticky film of bacteria and bacterial waste that sticks to your teeth. The bacteria cause cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Brushing dislodges the bacteria from your teeth. Using fluoride toothpaste helps to make the outer layer of your teeth (enamel) strong and more resistant to acid and decay. Furthermore, brushing your teeth helps clean and polish your teeth, removes stains, leaves your mouth felling clean and freshens your breath.
Brushing only gets the top and sides clean. Flossing gets in between the teeth. It is vital to clean your teeth thoroughly. If you not flossing your leaving bacteria between your teeth.
Electric Tooth Brush!
One of the best investments for perfect dental health is to get a high quality electric toothbrush from our office. The electric toothbrush removes plaque way better than you can. Plus, the electric toothbrush has a two minute timer so you brush for the proper amount of time.
How can I get my children to brush?
It is the parents responsibility to make sure their children brush and floss. It is easy to prevent dental decay. From the CDC: “Over 19% of children ages 2-19 have untreated cavities; a child’s complete preventive dental program should include fluoride, twice-daily brushing, wise food choices, and regular dental care.”
To make kids brush you must first lead by example. When your kids see their parents brushing and flossing they are more inclined to follow. Also, make sure to supervise and instruct your childs tooth brushing and flossing. Then you the parent brush and floss. The kids get a turn, then the adults get a turn. If you child does not like to brush and floss , there is no excuse. You are the parent and your childs dental health rests upon you. If you child does not want to floss you tell them “easy way or hard way”. If the child does not listen then tell the child they are getting their teeth brushed the hard way. Give your child a “loving head-lock” and brush teeth for two minutes. Pretty soon your child will figure it our that the easy way is the route to go.