Dental hygiene is important for numerous reasons. Not only can regular brushing prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease, it will also keep those visits to the dentist to a minimum and reduce your healthcare costs overall. What’s more, oral health has a direct link to general health – so if you want to keep your family health and germ-free, looking after their teeth and gums is the best place to start.
Us moms understand the necessity of oral hygiene, but what about our kids? Convincing our brood to brush their teeth feels like an uphill challenge most days, but it’s a necessary one. With that in mind, here are some top tips to make your family’s dental health routine run smoother.
According to the American Dental Association, adults should brush their teeth for two minutes, twice per day using a soft bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. In addition, you should also clean your teeth with floss on a daily basis to help prevent plaque, and stick to a healthy diet.
Top tip: for optimum gum health, replace your toothbrush every few months, or when the bristles start to fray. An old toothbrush could contain harmful bacteria. Besides, it won’t do a proper job at brushing your teeth.
Like humans, good oral health for dogs is essential, as it helps keep plaque to a minimum. As we know, plaque can lead to tartar buildup, which over time can lead to painful, inflamed gums and create a gateway for infection.
Although there are specialized dog toothbrushes on the market, it’s not easy to convince your dog to let you brush his teeth. Dental chews are a handy alternative, as they will help to clean your dog’s teeth, as well as promoting fresh breath.
Top tip: Vetiq dental chews are vet recommended, and your dog will love the taste so much, he won’t even know they’re healthy.
Babies and Kids
There is a mistaken belief that baby teeth don’t matter – they’re going to fall out anyway, right? On the contrary, oral health for babies is crucial. Not only does proper gum health help prevent infection, but when a baby loses a tooth too early, permanent teeth can move into the space and make it difficult for adult teeth to come through later. Losing a baby tooth due to poor hygiene could result in your child’s teeth becoming crooked or crowded later on.
It’s important to start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they come through. It’s also recommended to schedule a dental checkup as soon as a child begins cutting teeth, and no later than their first birthday.
Top tip: Baby Banana provides some great brushes and teethers for babies and children. As we moms know, getting toddlers to brush their teeth is a monumental task, so why not make it fun? You could let them choose their own toothbrush, or keep two in the house so they can alternate between them. Giving a child choice gives him the illusion of control, and he will relish this small chance to be independent.