It All Starts With a Smile
Most people love a nice smile. A great smile signals friendliness, good health, and is often the first impression we make on others. Our own smile is also the first impression we make on ourselves when we assess our own dental health. Understanding our own dental health is crucial maintaining a healthy smile, and contributes to our overall well being. A proper personal assessment will consider age, current life stages and daily habits.
Ages and Stages
When it comes to good dental health, age matters. Good oral hygiene and periodic professional check-ups are key to excellent dental health. Equally important, between dentist visits, are personal assessments.
For small children these require the intervention and participation of a parent or primary caregiver. The same person should regularly check the teeth of babies for eruptions, and toddlers for discoloration or discomfort.
Once a child is school age they should be taught to assess their own teeth and gums for problems like redness, swelling, bleeding, and pain. Regular dental and orthodontist visits will confirm teeth are growing in at a suitable pace and direction.
The onset of puberty and adulthood is the time to consider cosmetic concerns, as well as oral health. Once teeth are fully grown, orthodontic procedures such as straightening, whitening and shaping may be considered. It is imperative to continue regular personal assessments for discoloration, pain and bleeding.
Life stages are also an important consideration for good oral health. Hormones, growth spurts, pregnancies and decades of use should all factor in to consider the overall health of teeth and gums. During some stages, such as the reproductive years, it is necessary to take extra care with teeth by adding additional cleanings and professional check-ups. Athletes should wear proper mouth gear, and pay particular attention to injuries.
As we age, and enter life stages such as retirement, it is as important as ever to keep up a lifetime of good habits. Other health issues may take precedence over dental health, but adding more personal assessments to our routine will ensure preventing further damage should dental issues develop like gum erosion, bone loss or loosening teeth.
It is imperative to maintain good dental health in old age, as poor dental health could worsen other health problems and cause painful discomfort.
Developing Healthy Habits
We all know the importance of regular brushing to help maintain good dental health, but by incorporating other habits into our daily routine; we can improve our overall health as well. Good nutrition is key to excellent oral health.
Avoiding added sugars, sticking to healthy, wholesome foods, and primarily sticking to unsweetened drinks will help prevent cavities and plaque from damaging tooth enamel. Good nutrition also contributes to strong bones and healthy gums. Avoiding damaging habits such as thumb sucking and grinding teeth are imperative for healthy development and maintaining strong teeth.
If good habits have been practiced from birth through childhood, continuing them through adulthood should not be a problem. The good news is, it’s never too late. Just a little extra attention for a few weeks is all that’s required to develop new habits of good oral hygiene. After a few weeks habits like regular brushing, flossing, and assessing will come naturally.
Author’s Bio: Myke Thomas is a freelance writer, professional blogger, and social media enthusiast. Her blog Vitaminsandminerals.net focuses on health bloggers and fitness bloggers. You can follow him on plus.google.com/u/0/105090402063987279394/about and twitter.com/MykeThomas1.