As much as we’d like to believe that beautiful, healthy smiles just happen naturally, the fact is that they usually require a lot of care and maintenance. And that means it’s important that you and your family stick to the necessary oral hygiene routines and get in to see us for your regular appointments.
Caring for Everyone in Your Family
Planning for a future that includes a healthy smile should start as early as possible. Some studies have suggested that more than 1 in 4 children in the U.S have had at least one cavity by the time they turn 4 (and a lot of those children even get cavities as early as 2).
That means we will also start providing treatment for your kids at a very early age. Ideally, their very first dental visit should be on or around their first birthday (according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry), though this will be more about getting them accustomed to the office and working with the parents to help them understand their special dental needs.
Services for Your Smile
The services we offer for adults who want to improve the health and appearance of their smile includes a range of cosmetic and restorative treatments. Depending on your needs, we may suggest:
Tooth-colored fillings – You don’t have to deal with a mouth full of metal. The materials we use to fill cavities are strong and durable, and they match the color or your teeth so you can freely smile without showing off your latest treatment.
Crowns – This procedure allows us to restore your tooth if it has been severely damaged from decay or injury. More importantly, it means we can avoid removing a tooth unless it’s absolutely necessary. Of course, there is the option for when teeth do go missing.
Implants – In a scenario in which a tooth has to be removed, or it’s lost because of some trauma, this may be the best option. It’s important to replace your teeth as soon as possible, too, so you can prevent infections and make sure the remaining teeth don’t start to shift out of place.
Invisalign braces – Yes, these kinds of braces are about getting an attractive smile, but there are health benefits, too. Straight teeth are easier to clean, so food particles won’t get stuck in there and cause cavities. A misaligned bite can also cause headaches or other pains in the facial area.
While most of these treatments are intended for older patients, there is a lot we can do to help the younger members of your family, too. We can help make sure that teeth are coming in straight and that they’re developing the best oral hygiene habits.
Reinforcing At-Home Dental Habits
You can avoid some of these treatments by maintaining great dental habits at home. This is particularly important for the young ones in your family. And there’s a lot you can do to make sure they are sticking to a healthy routine.
You should always be positive about good dental health. Don’t try to scare anyone with warnings about shots and drilling and things like that. Talk about how much better it is to have naturally strong, clean, and beautiful teeth.
You should also be as consistent as possible and set a good example. If you’re overly anxious about a dental appointment, your kids will pick up and that and feel it too. Instead, try planning the trip to the dentist far enough in advance that you can make an event out of it, and help them get ready to see good results after their exam.
It’s never too late to get the healthy smile you’ve always wanted. Whether that means improving some of your at-home routines or coming in for a special treatment, you can do it.