Last updated 6 days ago
To prevent the buildup of plaque and the development of periodontal disease, it’s essential to floss every day. This video demonstrates how to floss for healthy teeth and gums.
First, take a string of floss and hold it taut between your fingers. Next, maneuver it between your teeth until it reaches the area where the gum and enamel meet. Then, firmly work the floss up and down beneath the gumline and around the tooth structure to remove accumulated plaque, bacteria, and food particles. Repeat this action with each of your teeth.
Do you have questions about proper brushing and flossing techniques? Call All Smiles Dental Care at (602) 903-5483. Our family dentistry practice welcomes all inquiries from Phoenix area patients
Last updated 13 days ago
It’s a common misconception that proper oral hygiene isn’t important until a child loses their baby teeth. Family dentistry experts warn that this mistaken belief can cause children to suffer from a range of dental problems. Though it’s true that children only have their baby teeth for a short duration, those years are pivotal for many development milestones in which oral health is essential. Consider these reasons why you should look after your little one’s baby teeth:
Young Children Need Healthy Teeth for Talking and Eating
Even if your baby has no teeth and cannot speak, they will soon be learning how to chew food and say their first words. Healthy baby teeth are necessary for these early life achievements. To ensure that your baby has the means to correctly speak and eat, help them maintain their baby teeth by performing dentist-recommended pediatric oral hygiene practices.
Baby Teeth Aid the Eruption of Healthy Adult Teeth
Though you may not see them until your child is five or six years old, permanent teeth are developing beneath the gums and waiting for their time to erupt. Your child’s baby teeth can facilitate the even placement of permanent teeth. If the baby teeth are already decaying or missing, it can also affect the health of your child’s permanent teeth. The bacterial acids that damage baby teeth can potentially reach the adult teeth lying underneath. If baby teeth are lost too early in childhood, the permanent teeth are more likely to erupt with poor positioning.
Tooth Decay Can be Uncomfortable for Babies
Think about how it feels when you have a cavity. Children can also experience this discomfort when their baby teeth are in poor shape. Considering the pain that typically accompanies teething, it’s important for you to do your part to protect your child’s baby teeth and prevent any additional discomfort from cavities.
All Smiles Dental Care provides comprehensive oral health services for families in the greater Phoenix area. We recommend that you schedule your baby’s first dental visit by the time he reaches 12 months old. To make an appointment at our family dentistry practice, call (602) 903-5483.