5 Tips For A Terrific New Year From Your Family Dentist In Richmond Hill

With each new year, many of us tend to come up with a list of resolutions. The most common ones tend to revolve around health and personal finances. But what about your smile? We’ve all been guilty of failing to floss or rushing our brushing routine. With these tips from Don Head Dental Care, your family dentist in Richmond Hill, your entire family can include a “healthier smile” on their list of resolutions for 2020. Plus, because you’re all on board, it might result in some fun, friendly competition!

  1. Brush and floss daily.When it comes to your family’s smiles, it’s imperative for you all to brush a minimum of two times per day – two minutes each time – and floss once a day. We recommend an electric or soft-bristled, manual brush along with fluoridated toothpaste. Doing so gets rid of food and plaque, therefore reducing the likelihood of decay and cavities. If you or any young members of your family need a refresher on proper brushing and flossing technique, please ask! We can provide a demonstration.
  2. Reduce sugar intake.Sugar can wreak havoc on your smile and your child’s. It feeds bacteria in the mouth, which produces acid that eats away at your enamel. As general family dentists in Richmond Hill, we know some of the most notorious food and drink products are soda, energy and fruit drinks, and candies. If you like gum, a healthy alternative is Xylitol. Naturally found in plants, this ingredient is actually good for your oral health and can help prevent decay. But keep it away from your pets – it’s toxic to them – especially dogs.
  3. Make regular dental visits to your family dentist in Richmond Hill. For you, your children, or even your ageing parents or grandparents, it’s just as important to get regular cleanings and checkups as it is to practice proper oral care at home. Two visits per year is the standard, however depending on your own smile needs, we may recommend a different schedule. At Don Head Dental Care, we realize you may need to change your family’s appointments due to unforeseen circumstances. No problem! Just let us know and we’ll gladly reschedule to a day and time that works for you.
  4. Always protect your smile.If you or your child play on a sports team or enjoy any form of contact sports, then it’s a must to get fitted for a sports mouth guard. Losing a tooth can affect the entire mouth, as teeth tend to shift – especially in a developing young child – when a gap is created. This can negatively impact the appearance and function of teeth.
  5. Find smile opportunities!When you feel good about your smile, there’s something about it that makes you want to share it with others. Take lots of family photos and get everyone to say, “cheese!” And, if your child has a cell phone or iPad, you can encourage them to take one selfie a week, so that over time they can see the development of their smile and hold on to those memories.

At Don Head Dental Care, we can help you and your family achieve their healthiest, most beautiful smiles – this year and beyond. Don’t hesitate to call our office. We’d love to help! Conveniently located in the Don Head Village Plaza, we offer the convenient appointment scheduling you want and need for your busy family. Same-day emergency care, next-day scheduling, and guaranteed on-time appointments await you when you visit our Richmond Hill dentists in our family-friendly practice. We welcome walk-ins too!

Yours in excellent dental health,

Dr. Azadeh Sharifezadeh, general family dentistry in Richmond Hill