What do your teeth say about you?

Thank you to our guest blogger, Monica Gomez, for this blog!

Developing Good Dental Habits from an Early Age

We have greatly enjoyed developing our practice serving younger patients and those with special needs. It is exciting that so many new techniques and procedures allow us to make such a difference in the lives of our patients. In our practice, we stress the importance of good habits when it comes to great dental health and beautiful smiles.

The reality is that there is an increased social expectation for people today to have great smiles and healthy teeth. Starting good dental habits from an early age will have lifelong positive effects in children. The following infographic compiled by Carrington.edu illustrates some of the reasons why proper dental hygiene is so important.

dental-care-chartMore Than Pretty Smiles

Your dental health, and that of your children, is a very important factor in your overall physical health. In fact, the Mayo Clinic stresses just how important regular dental visits are as a part of your child’s preventative health program.

The information outlined by the infographic shows us that at least 51 million school hours are invested in the dental needs of children each year. It also shows that adults spend another 164 million hours in the dental chair annually. Dental professionals often speculate on how many of those hours could be reduced if good dental hygiene habits were instilled in more people at an early age.

Simple Steps with Important Benefits

While most people understand the importance of brushing, flossing, and regular exams, they may not full appreciate how their drinking and eating habits can affect their smile. The infographic, for example, shows how certain foods and beverages can rob you of that beautiful smile.

Proven villains to a brilliant smile include:

  • Coffee
  • Colas
  • Wine
  • Candy
  • Berries

While you don’t need to avoid these items altogether, you can mitigate their damage on your teeth by swallowing rapidly and quickly rinsing your mouth with water. Another useful trick is using a straw whenever possible. One counterintuitive point is to avoid damage from the acids in these foods by not brushing for at least 30 to 60 minutes after eating.

When Treatment Is Necessary

The costs for ignoring these important habits can be significant. The analysis provided by Carrington shows that important dental procedures are not inexpensive. The average national costs for some of the more important treatments include:

  • Dental implants – $2,000 to $4,000
  • Veneers – $ 10,000 to $30,000
  • Braces – $5,000

We are always concerned about keeping appropriate dental care affordable. It is important to note, though, that dental procedures are an investment that generates an attractive return for a lifetime. Numerous surveys underline how important a good smile is to overall appearance and your child’s self-esteem, as well as general physical health. Develop the right dental health habits early and it will likely save a great deal of time and investment in the future.