Tips to Make Child Tooth Care a Breeze

Our team at Gill Family Dentistry is committed to supporting parents of young children in encouraging healthy oral habits that can last a lifetime. Your child’s oral hygiene habits depend on a good foundation of tooth care that keeps dental problems like gum disease and tooth decay at bay.

To help you encourage your child to have oral hygiene, we are pleased to offer some insights into brushing and flossing. Convincing your child to brush their teeth twice a day is easier if they have a fun child-sized toothbrush and tasty-flavored toothpaste that makes brushing fun.

Flossing is another critical component of maintaining oral health, yet children often find it challenging for a while because their mouths have much less space and it’s not easy to reach every single tooth. For the first several years, you can help your child floss properly by wrapping the floss string around your pinky fingers to increase your reach to the molars and premolars. Children often thrive on encouragement such as receiving fun stickers that showcase consistency in their oral care habits.

As your child becomes more efficient and able, they can begin cleaning their own teeth with helpful tools like floss sticks, which many children find does the trick until they are ready to use traditional dental floss. Furthermore, you may find that a waxed dental floss is much easier for your child and prevents them from forcing the string between teeth and damaging their gums. Another option for your child is to use dental tape to clean around their teeth.

If you would like to receive further helpful tips on establishing good oral hygiene for children in Modesto, California, please feel free to call Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 549-1721 and schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill.

 

Oral Hygiene and Your Smile

Do you ever stop and think about how important your daily oral hygiene efforts are to your smile? They are crucial! You are the main line of defense when it comes to protecting your teeth and gums from the ravages of tooth decay and gum disease in between our dental cleanings and exams.

You see, bacteria in the mouth never take time off. And because bacteria thrive in the mouth, it rests on you to clean teeth and gums every day to prevent the bacterial buildup known as “plaque” from attacking your smile. The food you eat (and drink) feeds oral bacteria and produces acids that attack the teeth and gums. Sugary, starchy foods especially help bacteria form into dental plaque, and you can feel plaque when you run your tongue along the teeth before brushing. This sticky film will harden and cause problems between the teeth and along the gumline.

Plaque acids weaken tooth enamel and irritate gum tissue unless it is removed. And it’s not just cavities that will arise when the enamel is weakened. Over time, gum irritation makes them pull away from the teeth and form pockets which fill up with bacteria and pus. Without treatment, your teeth will loosen and fall out.

This is where your oral hygiene efforts make all the difference. To keep plaque in check, brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. While a toothbrush clears plaque along tooth surfaces, dental flossing clears plaque along the gumline and in between the teeth where your brush can’t clean.

Use a toothbrush with a small head so that you can reach the molars and a soft-bristled toothbrush to protect gum tissue and tooth enamel. If you are cavity prone, you can use an antimicrobial toothpaste with fluoride. To lower bacteria in the mouth, you can rinse with an antimicrobial mouthwash once a day, and we are happy to give you personalized advice depending on your oral health.

If you would like more personalized information, or to schedule your next cleaning, please call our Gill Family Dentistry team at (209) 549-1721 today. Our dentist, Dr. Amandeep S Gill and staff in Modesto, California, are here to work with you to create your healthiest smile!

Don’t Let Summer Go by without a Dental Cleaning Boost

Summer is the perfect time for a dental cleaning and exam to boost your oral health and your smile confidence. At Gill Family Dentistry in Modesto, California, Dr. Amandeep Gill and our team are excited to get your smile ready for summer!

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) reports that patients who have routine six-month dental cleanings and exams benefit from improved oral health. Not only do these visits help prevent gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath, but they can help lower the risk for certain diseases such as heart disease and stroke.

Why is six months the recommended time period for dental checkups? Well, during a six-month period, tartar build up will require a professional dental cleaning to remove it. The six-month dental cleaning schedule was created for the “average” person in mind, which typically means:

— Those who are middle-aged

— Those who don’t eat a lot of sweets

— Those who brush their teeth at least twice each day

— Those who don’t smoke

Some people, however, may need to go more often. In fact, if you have any of the following, you may be more susceptible to damage from oral bacteria and should come in more often:

— Your diet is high in sugary foods and drinks

— You are older

— You have dry mouth

— You have periodontal disease

Dr. Amandeep Gill finds that routine six month dental visits are the perfect complement to daily at-home oral care when it comes to maintaining a healthy smile. So if you are ready for your summer cleaning and exam, please give us a call at (209) 549-1721 and boost your summer smile with confidence!