Oral health, at any age, has an impact on overall health. Adopting healthy habits with small children (daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, eating healthy and non-carcinogenic food, using fluoride, etc.) will promote optimal overall good oral health well into adulthood.
Adopting good oral health habits
- Brush teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and control its use for young children
- Use dental floss once a day.
Good habits develop at a young age and so should brushing your teeth.
Healthy eating for good oral health
A healthy and balanced diet provides all the nutrients needed for general good health, including good oral health. Without the appropriate nutrients, our teeth and gums are more prone to cavities and infection. To learn more, consult the Ma bouche en santé web site.
Make regular visits to the dentist
The dentist and dental hygienist play an important role in the prevention of dental diseases. During a visit, they can:
- Do prevention and early detection of problems at a time when it is easier to care for.
- Clean teeth to remove tartar that can cause gum disease.
- Provide advice on preventing oral health problems.
- Use techniques to protect teeth such as the application of fluoride and other dental sealants.
The frequency of visits depends on each person. In fact, the risk factor for cavities, the accumulation of tartar, gum issues, etc., each case is different. For optimal oral health, speak to your dentist to learn how often you should visit.
To find a dentist, consult the Ordre des dentistes du Québec web site.
Breastfeeding and oral health
Breastfeeding promotes face and mouth development. It can also prevent cavities.
A first visit to the dentist happens at around age 1 for:
- Early detection of an abnormal condition by the dentist.
- Parents to receive the necessary advice according to the child’s needs.
- The child to become accustomed to visiting the dental office.
A visit to the dentist is particularly important for the child. The dentist and dental hygienist will help instruct on proper brushing techniques. If necessary, they will apply fluoride or sealing agents to protect their teeth.
The Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec pays for most oral treatment for children aged 9 and under.
Preventing and reducing injuries to the mouth and teeth
It is important to integrate, when required, the regular use of a mouth guard during leisure and sports activities to prevent mouth and teeth injuries.
- Use of a mouth guard (Ordre des dentistes du Québec).
- Avoid oral piercings.
- Oral piercings can cause early wear on teeth, gum irritation, and can be a potential source for infection when carried out under unsanitary conditions.
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- Canada Dental Benefit (canada.ca)