Your kids are nearly on their own, which means you aren’t completely sure how they’re going to take care of their oral health without you! Fortunately, as long as you do your best with preparing them, you can rest assured that you’ve tried your hardest and hopefully the habits they’ve formed will stick with them for life. Of course, since you’re a parent, you also get to keep offering advice and suggestions forever! We have a couple that can help.
#1: Explain That It’s Not Good To Rely Only On Restorations
If your teen or adult child says to you, “Don’t worry! I can always get a filling!” it’s time to explain. Yes, restorations have their place within oral health. However, a tooth that has a filling or a crown may not enjoy as long a life as one that is pristine. The moment we begin removing tissue for restorations is the moment a tooth is no longer structurally sound on its own. The more natural tissue you can retain, the longer that tooth may potentially last in the grand scheme of things. So, the best approach is remaining serious about preventive care.
#2: Explains That Earlier Care Is Best
Now, you don’t want your kids to think that it’s bad to require restorations. Things happen, damage occurs, sometimes tooth decay is sneaky, etc. Remind your kids that as much as prevention is essential (including not only home care but also checkups and cleanings), so is immediate treatment of problems that arise.
Remind your teens and young adult children that protecting their oral health for their entire lifetime means keeping teeth healthy now and always. Placing fillings or crowns immediately instead of allowing more serious destruction (like infection) is something to remember. Otherwise, tooth loss is a very real possibility in the future.
Protect Your Children’s Teeth With Easy Tips
Remember that we are full of suggestions! That even includes oral health tips for you to share with your older teen or adult children who still need a bit of help from mom and dad. Give us a call in Riverside, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.