Smile, because happy looks good on you!

by LukeAdmin

With Dental Health Week held in the first week of August each year, our teams at Dental at Lake Haven, Dental at Kanwal wand Dental at ATUNE would like to promote this year’s theme, “keeping your smile for life”.

Our team of warm, friendly, knowledgeable staff are dedicated to the health and well–being of their patients. We also believe in taking a holistic approach to health care as we know that good oral health is integral to good general health. We like to ensure that every patient that enters our care has a wonderful experience as we understand that dental phobia is real, so we try to help minimize anxiety related to visiting the Dentist.

We know that mouth is the ‘window to the rest of our body’ and scientific studies have demonstrated strong links between oral health and chronic health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, just to name a few.

So…When was your last dental check up?

Did you know that you and your family should aim to visit your friendly Oral Health Care Practitioner at least once every 6 months for a preventative dental examination? During this screening we not only carefully examine

your teeth and gums, but we also screen for oral cancer, assess your breathing, check for any malocclusion, identify risk factors for oral disease and provide extensive oral hygiene education. Don’t wait for a toothache, prevent one!

Fact: Baby teeth are just as important as adult teeth!

We have many patients often asking us if baby teeth are important. The answer is, YES! They play a crucial role in guiding permanent teeth into position, as well as for speaking, eating and smiling.

The Australian Dental Association recommends that kids have their first visit to the dentist by 12 months of age. Early detection and prevention of oral disease is essential for helping keep our children happy and healthy.

We pride ourselves in making your child’s oral health a priority and early intervention is the key.

We also love making your child’s visit to the dentist light–hearted and fun, helping reassure your child that coming to the dentist is not something to be fearful of. We love making our paediatric patients balloon animals and rewarding them for being brave.

Did you know that tooth decay is the single most common disease in childhood and it is entirely preventable?

It is advised to start brushing your child’s teeth from the moment your child’s first tooth erupts.
Aim to brush your child’s teeth at least twice per day for 2 minutes with a small, soft–bristle toothbrush.
Assist your child with tooth brushing until they reach the age of at least 9 or 10 years of age.

Which toothpaste should we use?

It is encouraged to use a small amount of low dose fluoride toothpaste from as early as 18 months old. When your child is approximately 6 years of age, swap them to a regular dose fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride in toothpaste helps strengthen your child’s enamel. We encourage children to spit out toothpaste but not to rinse it off their teeth. Children love to imitate us so set a good example and brush together.

Should I floss my child’s teeth?

If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 35% of tooth surfaces! In addition to brushing twice per day, we you to help your children floss daily also. You can floss your child’s teeth as soon as there are two teeth touching together.

What else can I do to help keep my child’s smile healthy?

Offer your children a healthy and balanced diet and limit sugar intake. Water is essential to help our bodies function properly and feel healthy. Encourage children to drink and enjoy water. Sweet drinks are not recommended for children at all. Try to avoid foods that are sticky or sweet or prepackaged. Grazing or snacking too frequently can lead to increased acid attacks and subsequently an increased risk of tooth decay. Remember in this heavily processed world, fresh food is always best!

A smile is the best thing that you can wear!

We can’t emphasise enough about how important good oral health care habits are. By practicing these good oral health care habits at home, you’ll be making sure that your child has a bright, healthy smile that will last a lifetime!

Come and see us today at one of our three locations and our amazing team will take care of all of your oral health needs.

Dental at Lake Haven PHONE 4392 6466

Dental at Kanwal PHONE 4393 0020

Dental at ATUNE PHONE 4089 2800

Facebook @dentalatlakehaven or online at www.dentalatlakehaven.com.au

Smile, because happy looks good on you!

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