Dental Care

It is important for everyone over 1 year to visit the dentist at least one time every year in order to help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Tooth problems can creep up on us when we least expect it. If it has been over a year since you have seen a dentist, we recommend you to make an appointment to see one as soon as possible 

Starting in early childhood, routine visits to the dentist are a great way to develop life-long healthy habits. Baby’s first dental visit should occur around the time of the first tooth eruption and no later than age 1.  Clean your infant’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water.  As soon as teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using a soft toothbrush and water.

There are many simple steps you can take to give your child a healthy smile.

Do not give your baby juice or sugary liquids at bedtime.  The sugar can stay on the teeth and cause decay.

Teach your child the right way to brush.  Brush your child's teeth until he/she can handle the toothbrush correctly on his/her own.  Once your child starts brushing on his/her own, make sure brushing takes place all around the mouth and not just on the front teeth.

After age 2, your child should use a Fluoride toothpaste.  Remember that you only need a very small, pea-sized amount on the brush.

Start your child off right by creating a good relationship with a dentist that he or she will visit for a checkup each and every year.

Ask the dentist about other ways to protect your child’s teeth and prevent decay, including Fluoride Varnish or sealants.

Adults can get cavities just like children.  Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss at least once a day as part of proper oral hygiene.  Control in-between meal snacks and sugary foods, including soda.  If you drink soda, choose a sugar-free soda, and use a straw to avoid contact with your teeth.  And when you do snack, choose nutritious foods such as cheese, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, or fruit.

Proper nutrition is necessary for healthy teeth and gums.  Eating a well-balanced diet gives your gums and teeth the important nutrients and minerals they need to stay strong and resist infections, which can lead to gum disease.  Eat a diet that is high in protein, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and D.

Watch for the early signs of gingivitis (gum disease) to prevent serious problems from developing.  To prevent gum disease, brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and use an anti-microbial mouth wash to help fight off infection in your gums.

Bad Breath? Brush your tongue. Cleaning the surface of your tongue can reduce the bacteria that causes bad breath.

Everyone wants bright white teeth, but be careful of some over-the-counter whitening systems. They may contain more of the whitening ingredient than is good for your teeth.  Speak to your dentist before trying one of these products.

See the dentist for regular checkups and professional teeth cleaning at least every six months.

It is important for pregnant women to take special care of their teeth and gums, as there is a possible link between inflammation of the gums (gingivitis, a gum disease) and premature births.

Schedule a visit with your dentist for a checkup and professional cleaning at least every six months.  You can safely have a professional teeth cleaning any time during your pregnancy, but the second trimester is the best time to receive routine dental care.  Necessary dental treatment can be provided throughout pregnancy.

Contact  Fidelis Care at 1-888-343-3547 to find a dentist near you.

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