Kids look forward to losing their baby teeth it’s almost a status symbol among their peers – and then there’s the Tooth Fairy! When we become adults, however, it’s a whole other story, now it’s a fight to keep our permanent teeth for as long as we possibly can, hopefully for a lifetime. Ironically, the way we take care of our teeth and gums during our childhood will help to determine the quality of our oral health for years to come.

If you were introduced to professional dental care at an early age you probably grew up accepting regular visits to the dentist as just another part of life, like doing your schoolwork or cleaning your room. Unfortunately, many children don’t have that advantage. As a result, they often develop a fear of the dentist and put off treatment until it is too late. A lack of proper home care can have an effect on how we take care of our teeth and gums as adults. Nutrition is another factor that can influence our dental health.

Even if we didn’t get off to the greatest start it’s never too late to begin to take care of our gums and teeth. Overcoming the dental anxieties that may be left over from a childhood memory is a great first step.

Dentistry has changed a lot over the years. Oral sedation, for one thing, has made going to the dentist a much more comfortable experience. There are now so many options for sedation therapy that most people can find one that will benefit their specific needs.

One of the easiest things we can do to advance our dental health is to improve our diet. If snack foods are your downfall, try switching from chips and candy bars to nuts and fresh fruits. While it is a fact that children are more susceptible to tooth decay that doesn’t mean that adults are immune. Cut back on your sugar consumption to reduce your risk.

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