Taking care of your babies, adolescents, and teens teeth now, helps prevent serious dental problems in the future.

Healthy Teeth and Gums Start with Brushing and Flossing

When your kids brush twice and floss once a day, after bedtime and after breakfast, they are well on their way to healthy teeth and gums when they reach adulthood.

Make sure that your kids and the rest of the family:

Brush at least two minutes

Let you know when the toothbrush is frayed, usually about three months

Always use a soft bristled brush

Only use a pea sized amount of toothpaste

Brush all teeth, including the back ones

Brush the tongue

Healthy Teeth and Gums and Diet

Just like everyone else, what a kid eats is just as important as what you put in your mouth. Stuffing yourselves with junk food because it’s convenient isn’t going to do you any good if you want healthy teeth and gums.

Load them up with calcium rich foods. Dairy products have lots of Vitamin D that helps build strong bones and strong teeth. Pack healthy snacks like celery, natures’ dental floss, and chunks of cheese. Steer clear of starchy potato chips and Doritos. They are not healthy and not good for teeth and gums.

Regular Dental Checkups for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Regular dental checkups with the Glen Dental Center in Glenview keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay and can detect any abnormalities with a comprehensive dental exam in Chicago.

If you have old restorations, including silver amalgam fillings, talk to Dr. Jeffrey Gilmor. Both he and Dr. Verena Phillips will safely remove broken, chipped, or cracked silver amalgam or old resin fillings before replacing with a strong and safe dental material that matches the color of your natural tooth.

During regular checkups, your gums will also be checked for any signs of gingivitis or the more serious periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.

For more tips on keeping your teeth and gums healthy, or to schedule a dental checkup in Glenview, call or click and talk to a team member from the Glen Dental Center today.