Family dentist in Arden, NC provides tips for families on maintaining healthy teeth and smiles
By Dr. Christopher Port
When you are a parent, the health of the children is a top priority in your life. Maintaining good oral health and regular dental check-ups are just as important as check-ups at the doctor for ensuring your family is healthy! At Asheville Smile Centerin Arden, NC, we provide dental wellness services for the whole family to keep everyone smiling. Below, we provide tips for keeping your teeth healthy and answer frequently asked questions about oral health.
What is the proper toothbrushing method?
Even though the act of toothbrushing seems simple enough, using the proper technique and toothbrush can make a big difference on how well you are able to clean your teeth. Since most of the care for your teeth is done at home via toothbrushing, using the right toothbrush and technique can have a large impact on your overall oral health.
Brush at least two times per day, or ideally after every meal
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
Brush for a full two minutes – this may be hard to judge, so we encourage patients to use a stopwatch or minute timer to ensure they are brushing for the full amount of time needed
Tilt your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle from the gum line and roll or sweep the brush away from the gums
Ensure that you thoroughly brush all the areas of your teeth, including the outer surfaces, inner surfaces, chewing surfaces, and tongue
When cleaning the teeth, use gentle, short back-and-forth strokes
Do we really need to floss every day?
Yes! It is important for everyone in the family to floss daily, even your children. From the time your child has grown enough baby teeth for them to fit closely together, it is important for them to start the habit of daily flossing. Flossing helps keep your gums and teeth healthy by eliminating the food, sugars, and bacteria from between the teeth. Younger children will often struggle with the mechanics of flossing, so we encourage parents to help their children floss. Single-use interdental cleaners can also make flossing easier for you and your child. If you or your child have braces, special flossers designed to help guide the floss underneath the wires of the braces are available.
Kids love candy! But too much sugar does impact their oral health over time. Sugars and starchy foods leave residues on the teeth that are a haven for bacteria, and those bacteria turn sugars into acids that can erode the teeth over time. Instead of starchy foods like breads and sugary juices, choosing crunchy vegetables and plain water can help clean the teeth while you eat and wash debris away, rather than contributing to tooth and gum disease. Some candy here and there is OK, but it is important to thoroughly brush afterwards to minimize the formation of plaque and bacterial growth.
How often are dental check-ups needed?
Even if your teeth are healthy and pain-free, it is essential to visit your family dentist at least twice per year for a professional cleaning and check-up. At these visits, the dental hygienist can remove any plaque or tartar that has begun to build up on the teeth. Once tartar begins to form, regular toothbrushing alone cannot remove it, and it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and more plaque to form. The other important component of a dental check-up is the examination by the dentist. At check-ups, we look for any signs of decay, gum disease, oral cancer, or other possible issues that are developing in the mouth. We are also able to watch the growth of your child’s teeth to ensure their teeth, jaw, and bite are developing properly and can provide preventive services such as sealants and fluoride treatments right in the office during their hygiene visits.
How do I schedule an appointment?
At Asheville Smile Center, we love taking care of your whole family’s smiles! Whether you are a new patient seeking a new dentist or an existing patient simply in need of a check-up, we are available to meet your family’s oral health needs with warm, compassionate care. Our office is conveniently located in Arden, NC and can be reached at (828) 585-4049. Call us today to schedule an appointment!
Dr. Christopher Port is a full-time practicing dentist in Asheville, North Carolina. In 2007,Dr. Port founded the Asheville Smile Center, a dental practice dedicated to helping patients achieve a lifetime of dental health and beautiful smiles.
"Dr. Chris Port, Asheville esthetic dentist and smile rejuvenator, recently signed a publishing deal with CelebrityPress, a leading health book publishing company along with other leading dental professionals from across the country to release the book, "More Than A Mouthful."