While Dr. Fuming Li is happy to treat patients with dental problems, the best way to ensure great oral health in the future starts at home. Caring for your teeth is fairly simple, but you need to make sure that you’re practicing the right habits on your own.
Hygiene Techniques For All Ages
As your teeth grow, shift and change, your oral hygiene habits need to change with them. At Dental Group of Millville and Advanced Family Dental of South Jersey, our dentists work with each patient to provide them with age-appropriate care that ensure healthy dental care habits a home.
Children’s Dental Care
Even before their first tooth erupts, you should routinely clean your baby’s gums and mouth with a washcloth. As their teeth emerge, brush them with an infant toothbrush and a smear of toothpaste to prevent decay and infection. Where their teeth touch, floss between them.
As your child grows older, instill good brushing and flossing habits. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Teach them correct flossing techniques, and make sure to get them to the dentist before their first birthday.
Dental Care Tips for Teens and Adults
As their permanent teeth grow in, a lot of teenagers require braces or other corrective orthodontic treatment. Straightened teeth are easier to clean and create less dental health problems down the line.
As an adult, make sure to brush and floss twice per day. Regular dental visits and oral cancer screenings every six months at our Millville or Voorhees locations should become staples in your oral hygiene routine. If you begin noticing signs of gum disease like bleeding gums or tooth sensitivity in the time between visits, we encourage you to schedule an emergency appointment with Dr. Li immediately.
Dental Care for Seniors
As you age, your teeth and gums may begin to weaken. If you lose a tooth or several teeth, you can pursue restorative dental treatments like dental implants, dentures or dental bridges. Oral cancer screenings are especially important for elderly patients, as the likelihood of developing cancer increases with age.
If you or an older family member has difficulty using a manual toothbrush, you may want to invest in an electric brush. Depending on the condition of your smile, our Millville dentist may recommend scheduling dental appointments every four months rather than every six months to ensure your teeth, gums, and jawbone are as healthy as possible and to monitor ongoing issues like gum disease or tooth decay.
Start your Journey to a Healthy Smile Today
Whether you’re searching for a new dentist or have been part of our dental family for years, Dr. Li and his team are here to help. We’re proud to serve patients throughout New Jersey with comprehensive general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care. Call, email, or schedule your next visit at our locations in Voorhees and Millville to learn more about the best dental hygiene habits at home.