How to Improve Your Family’s Dental Health

happy family running happilyDental care means different things to different people, including each member of your family. As an experienced dentist, Dr. Michael J. Young understands that optimal dental care means individualized attention for each and every member of your family. Some aspects of dental health, however, are largely universal for everyone. For instance, good hygiene means attentive teeth brushing and flossing every day, coupled with routine dental checkups and cleanings, no matter how old you are. By maximizing your hygiene routine at home, you can help keep your family’s smiles clean, and avoid the need for complex restorative treatment.

Love Your Toothbrushes

Though you only use it for a few minutes at a time, your toothbrush may be one of the most-often used items in your house. The quality of your family’s toothbrushes can also dictate how effectively they clean your teeth. Dr. Young advises using soft-bristled toothbrushes with the ADA seal of approval on the packaging, and to change your toothbrush every 3-4 months (or sooner if the bristles are frayed). As the bristles grow older and less sturdy, they won’t be able to adequately remove plaque and food debris from the surfaces of your teeth.

Make Dental Visits a Ritual

If one of your family members experiences a dental health issue, like a cavity or gingivitis, then Dr. Young can custom-design an appropriate treatment plan after a comprehensive examination. Even if everyone in your household seems to have healthy teeth and gums, your entire family should attend a dental checkup and cleaning at least once every six months. If you have an infant, then bring your child in for an initial dental visit after the first tooth appears, or by the time your child turns one year old. Sticking to a strict schedule of checkups will help your children grow accustomed to making regular dental visits a normal part of their hygiene routines.

About Michael J. Young, DDS:

To request more information about how to fix your smile with cosmetic dentistry, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Young, contact our Lafayette dentist office at 337-237-6453. We serve families living in Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities. Dr. Young also invites you to find us on Facebook, where you’ll find news, tips, and valuable resources.