The needs of your teeth and gums change from infancy to advanced age. Here’s how to change up your routine to keep up with the evolving needs of your teeth. InfancyEven before your baby has teeth, you should clean their gums with a clean, damp washcloth twice a day (after breakfast and after the last feeding of the day).
Baby to Age 2Once your baby’s teeth come in, you can eventually graduate to using a baby toothbrush and a toothpaste made for babies. Sometime at age 1, it’s a good idea to schedule the first dental visit. Ages 3 to 6Beginning at age 3, your child can start using a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste. They can begin to brush their own teeth, though you should still supervise. Ages 6 to 13By this time, most children know how to rinse and spit, which means they should be able to handle the tooth-brushing process independently. Your child should also have his or her first pediatric orthodontic consultation around age 7. Your child’s baby teeth will begin falling out, and he or she will have all 28 permanent teeth in place by the time they turn into a teen. Ages 14 and upGood dental hygiene will be key to ensuring you maintain good dental health into your retirement years and beyond. See your dentist twice a year, brush twice a day, and floss. Advanced AgesElderly adults can start to suffer from dry mouth, gum recession, and gum disease. Keeping up with your appointments and maintaining a good dental hygiene routine can prevent some of these conditions. Using a prescription strength toothpaste, rinse or gel to maintain enamel strength can help keep your teeth strong. Maintain a healthy diet, low in sugar, high in fiber, and with plenty of calcium. Dental Care at Any Age at Reel Dental