No matter our age, caring for our teeth contributes to overall health. Here are some ways to watch our dental health and the health of our loved ones through different stages of life:
Infants: How to Deal with a Teething Baby
When your infant starts teething, they can be irritable and fussy. This is difficult not only for your baby, but for you. You can help him/her feel more comfortable with these suggestions:
- A cold washcloth, spoon, or chilled teething ring can do alleviate gum pain.
- Using a clean finger, put some pressure on your baby’s gums.
- If your baby has started eating solids, give them something to gnaw on, like a carrot — make sure the food is large enough that it is not a choking hazard.
- If you think your baby is too uncomfortable, over-the-counter medicine may provide relief, but this should be your last option. Consult your family physician before giving your baby any kind of medication.
Children: Make Brushing a Habit
Childhood is often the life stage when sugar and candy are introduced. It is vital to cultivate healthy dental habits in your young child. Here are some ways to help them make brushing a habit:
- Create a routine. A 2009 study shows that, on average, it takes 66 days for a new behaviour to become automatic, so use a routine to help your child build their oral-care habit.
- Use the power of positive reinforcement. For example, reward your child if they go a month without missing their brushing routine. There are many useful charts available online for free.
Adults: Oral Health Tips On the Go
Despite your busy schedule, dental health must remain a priority. Here are some ways to keep your teeth in tip-top shape:
- Carry a travel-size dental hygiene kit with you. This makes it convenient to brush and floss when you eat out, have meals in the office, or grab a bite at someone else’s house.
- Schedule dental appointments in advance. It’s important to see your dentist twice a year. Scheduling early ensures your dental health won’t be crowded out by other matters.
- See a dentist or a trained dental professional as soon as a dental issue pops up. Putting it off only makes the problem worse.
If you need professional dental assistance, our caring staff at Cosmo Dental Centre are here to help. Call us at (519) 659-2767 to make an appointment or visit our dental office in London, Ontario.