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Dental Health

Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is crucial for overall health at every age. It’s essential for parents to start teaching their children about proper dental care from a young age, even in infancy. It’s the parents’ responsibility to ensure their children regularly brush and floss their teeth, and setting a good example is key.

The link between gum disease-related bacterial inflammation and chronic health issues, including strokes, heart disease, and complications during pregnancy like premature and low birth-weight infants, has become more evident in recent years. However, there are several steps you can take to safeguard your dental and overall health. Regular dental visits, at least twice a year, enable professional teeth cleaning and allow for the early detection of potential issues such as cavities and gingivitis. These visits also offer an opportunity to assess nutritional health, oral hygiene practices, and check for any growth or development concerns.

To maintain good oral hygiene practices at home for you and your family, it is recommended to:

  • Brush teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Use dental floss every day
  • Consume a balanced and healthy diet
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid smokeless tobacco products

Adhering to these guidelines can help prevent dental issues like cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer, and also reduce the risk of developing more severe health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

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