Parents and children have a lot to think about during the school year. There are projects that have to be completed, homework to finish, and all kinds of after school activities demanding your attention. In the midst of all these tasks, it can be hard to find time to keep up with an optimal routine of dental care. Summer is a great time to schedule preventative dental care with Dr. Michael Neeley, a family dentist for Dallas, TX, area patients. Cleanings, sealants, and other preventative dental care can be easily remedied before the rush of back to school in the fall.

Regular Dental Care Is Important

The best way to set your family up for a lifetime of good dental health is to make proper oral hygiene a regular routine. These are a few things you can do at home:

  • Brush teeth twice a day, for two minutes at a time. If children have difficulty determining how much time they need to spend brushing their teeth, use a fun timer or a toothbrush with a built in timer function to assist them.
  • Floss once a day. Older children and teens can begin to learn the value of flossing on their own. A length of floss is gently passed between teeth, clearing away small particles of food. The gums should not be stressed during flossing, though some attention should be given to the base of each tooth. Parents should floss their children’s teeth after the first tooth emerges.
  • Monitor children’s candy consumption. Sticky candy, like lollipops and other hard candy, tend to get stuck in the crevasses of teeth and can be stubborn to remove. Occasional sweets are fine, but opt for something better suited to the health of the teeth. Fresh fruit proves to be a better substitute for sweeter cravings.

How Your Dentist Can Help

Your dentist can give you personalized guidance regarding your family’s at-home dental care habits. Some parents are unsure how to introduce practices such as flossing to their family; your dentist can help ensure that you have the right information for every stage of life. To make an appointment with Dr. Neeley, please call (214) 705-3534.