Oral Hygiene for the Whole Family

Regular dentist visits are an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle for both adults and children. In today’s blog, your Gary, IN, family dentist will discuss how to put children’s minds at ease, as well as the importance of setting a good example as a parent or guardian.

Preparing Your Child for the Dentist

Just like with any other doctor, checkups at the dentist are important to maintaining good dental hygiene habits and making sure that little mouths and teeth are developing properly. At Healthy Smiles, we know that going to the dentist has some negative associations. So, we recommend bringing your children with you to your dental visits before they start needing to attend appointments themselves. Reading books about going to the dentist to prepare them for what they can expect is also beneficial. On our end, we make sure that your child is welcomed into a positive and upbeat environment when they visit. We also list our checkup procedures on our website so that families know exactly how the visit will proceed.

Little Teeth Need Extra Care

As a family dentistry practice, we recognize that checkups can be intimidating for both adults and children. However, we also know that they are an important facet of maintaining good dental hygiene. We appreciate every guardian who sets a good example for their children by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, but, even if your child follows these steps, there could still be unnoticed issues with the development of their teeth, or even cavities forming in the crevices that they couldn’t quite reach. For young children, we recommend twice yearly cleanings as well as the simple procedure of adding sealants to their back teeth, which cover the biting area to protect against the bacteria that cause cavities.

Your Teeth Are Important, Too

Of course, your oral health is just as important as your child’s. A short, twice-yearly checkup is all it takes to make sure your teeth are just as healthy (or healthier) than they were when you were their age. A professional cleaning and exam can let you know that you’re practicing healthy habits, and can help us create a plan for you before any potential existing problems progress. If you are having any issues such as sensitivity, pain, or bleeding, it is especially important to schedule a visit. Even if you haven’t been to the dentist in years, we encourage you to start going to checkups again. As we age, more issues can arise with our teeth, and it’s better to catch them early. At our practice, you will not be judged for not having gone to the dentist in a few years- we’ll just be glad you’re back.

Time for a Checkup?

At Healthy Smiles of Northwest Indiana, we happily accept patients of all ages. If you or your child are due for a checkup, schedule your appointment by calling Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, today at 219-938-2637.