Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter, Florida
Good health starts with personal responsibility. Each of us as a healthy, competent adult ultimately controls how we maintain our overall health—and our oral health. Those of us who are parents face a dual responsibility; it falls to parents to instill good habits in their children so that they can also lead healthy lives. Your Palm Beach Gardens dentist at PGA Smiles wants to see everyone in our community live a happy, healthy life.
Follow these tips to help each member of your family achieve a timeless smile:
- Good oral hygiene is the first, and most important step to good oral health. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day using fluoridated toothpaste, while also flossing daily. This daily regimen helps to prevent the accumulation of bacteria and plaque on your teeth, which are the initial building blocks of tooth decay.
- A balanced diet helps your overall health and oral health. Make sure to eat lots of fruits and vegetables—especially raw, crunchy ones, which serve as a natural and delicious way to help clean your teeth. Limit your consumption of foods and beverages with a high sugar content, including sodas, candy, cookies, fruit juice, and sports drinks. Be sure to drink plenty of water every day.
- Not using tobacco greatly limits your risk of developing oral cancer, which has one of the highest death rates among all cancers because it can exist for quite some time before realizing you even have it. Smoking and using chewing tobacco also can lead to tooth loss, while decreasing both blood flow and oxygen levels in your body, making you more vulnerable to gum disease. Even “vaping” or using electronic cigarettes can be harmful, as these devices have been known to cause inflammation in the throat and mouth and, if they malfunction, e-cigs can do catastrophic damage to your teeth and mouth.
- Dental check-ups help lower your risk of tooth decay and other oral health issues. The ADA recommends that everyone see their dentist at least every six months, and sometimes more often in certain cases. At these appointments, your teeth will be cleaned professionally, which is the only way to remove all plaque and tartar deposits. Your Jupiter dentist also will examine your teeth and mouth, and X-rays may be taken. By keeping a consistent schedule of dental visits, your Palm Beach Gardens family dentist has a thorough record of your oral health, making it easier to identify any changes while also monitoring the growth and development of each child’s oral tissues.
- Being proactive is your best defense against oral health issues. Preventive care treatments provide additional protection against oral health threats like tooth decay. Your local Jupiter family dentist at PGA Smiles can administer a fluoride treatment or apply sealants to your child’s back teeth as an extra layer of defense. In any patient, early detection and treatment of a problem are key. This especially is true with gum disease, which can cause permanent damage to the mouth if allowed to progress to its advanced stage known as periodontitis.
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Choosing the right dental practice to care for your family is a big decision. You can trust that PGA Smiles has the experience and compassion to provide the highest level of care to any patient, of any age. To learn more or take a tour of our facility, call our office at (561) 627-7090.
PGA Smiles is proud to provide oral health care to patients in the areas of Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens.