Early Childhood Baby teeth may not be permanent, but they are important. Severe decay can ultimately damage adult teeth that haven’t yet come in. A child’s first dental visit should be around the first birthday. Once a child is able to spit, use a pea-size amount of toothpaste with fluoride. Children need help brushing until they can write in cursive.
Kids and Teens You don't have to deny your sweet tooth all together - just be smart about how much. An overload of sugary beverages, juices and sports drinks can lead to tooth decay, as well as to other health problems. And don't forget to protect your mouth during sport activities. A properly-fitted mouth guard can help prevent broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw.
Adults Your habits influence theirs! Twice-daily brushing and flossing and two checkups a year show your kids how much you value oral health. Parents with poor oral health can pass decay-causing bacteria from their saliva to their babies by sharing spoons or blowing on hot food.
Older Adults Don't let arthritis get in the way of brushing and flossing. Use a power toothbrush and pre-threaded flossers or flexible plastic picks with bristles. If you take medications for osteoporosis, tell your dentist. Some of these contain bisphosphonates which have been linked to a condition that can damage the jawbone.
Pregnancy Research is not conclusive, but there have been studies linking poor oral health in pregnant women to premature birth and low birth weight babies. While your baby will not take calcium from your teeth, you still need calcium for your body, plus extra calcium for your developing baby. Dental care and treatment during pregnancy is safe for both you and baby.
Diabetes Management Oral infections and gum disease can be more severe and difficult to treat in people with diabetes. For this reason, a regular oral health screening is as important as a foot health screening and is a habit worth making.