Celebrating National Toothbrush Day

 In Family Dentist, Flossing, General Dentistry, Oral Health

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Celebrating National Toothbrush Day

Halloween is a day full of spooky fun!  For Shreveport’s dentist, Halloween can be terrifying. All of that freely available Halloween candle can take a toll on you and your family’s oral health. All of those sweets and treats can lead to the buildup of plaque. This plaque, if left unchecked, can lead to cavities. So, how do we prevent this? The best way to control plaque on your teeth is by brushing them correctly. This is why we celebrate National Toothbrush Day on November 1st

The Importance of Teeth Brushing Habits

You know how important it is to brush your teeth, but have you stressed your children that it is incredibly important for them to brush correctly? The correct way to brush our teeth is twice a day for two minutes at a time. Children can fall out of the habit of correct brushing and flossing if their parents don’t supervise them periodically. When they come in to see our 71105 dentists, we can offer a demonstration that may help.

There are severe, rapid impacts that can result from poor brushing habits. The U.S Centers for Disease Control say that tooth decay is at epidemic levels. Almost 50% of children will develop a cavity in their milk teeth. Also, a significant number of children 12 years & younger will develop a cavity in one or more of their permanent teeth.

Preventing Cavities with Correct Brushing Habits

You can prevent the majority of cavities through good oral hygiene habits. Children’s teeth should be brushed from when their first tooth erupts, with a children’s toothbrush and a minimal amount of children’s toothpaste, says a family dentist in Georgetown, KY, Dr. Kristina Neda. Once they can hold their own toothbrush, their parents should teach them how to brush their teeth effectively.

Establishing healthy brushing habits early on helps set a lifetime of good oral health. If you have questions about how to correctly brush and floss your teeth or your children’s teeth, be sure to reach out to your Shreveport dentist.

Healthy Lifestyle Habits

Brushing and flossing are the first line of defense against cavities. However, they are not the only lifestyle habits that you should be improving. Your diet can play a significant role in the health of your teeth. Skip as many of those sweet Halloween treats as you can. But if you do indulge in a few, consider brushing your teeth soon after so that you can get rid of some of that ultra-sticky sugar.

Keep hydrated with water. Skip the sugary juices and fruit punches.

There is no better day to get a brand new toothbrush than on National Toothbrush Day! You should select a soft-bristled brush so that you can clean your teeth without damaging the enamel on your teeth and damaging your gums.

Schedule Your Annual Cleaning & Checkup with Dr. Kacos

Schedule the next dental checkup and professional cleaning for every family member with the best dentist in Shreveport, LA. Whether you need a checkup or need an emergency root canal in Shreveport, Dr. Kacos and his team are here to help. 

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