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At Horton Family Dental, we build lasting relationships with our patients by taking the time to listen and to develop an understanding of what is important to them. Our goal is to provide our patients with the highest quality dental care in a friendly, compassionate environment. We are committed to educating our patients on achieving and maintaining total dental health for a lifetime.

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Dental Care Tips for the Whole Family

Family dentistry in Marion, Iowa can become a challenging task if you aren’t doing what is necessary to keep your children’s’ teeth safe. Thankfully, the following tips will help you protect your children – and yourself – from severe dental problems.

Teach Your Children Proper Brushing Methods

Every member of your family needs to brush their teeth at least twice a day to ensure that their dental care is healthy. The times that you brush your teeth will vary depending on a variety of factors. For example, you may want to brush your teeth right away in the morning to eliminate bacteria and plaque that developed there during the night. Brushing right before bed is also a good step because it minimizes bacteria spread in your mouth while you sleep. Talk to your family dentistry professional about this to learn more.

However, you may also want to brush more than twice a day, depending on your needs. For example, some people brush after every meal, which is an excellent idea because it keeps food off of your teeth and avoids bacteria and plaque spread. Try to create a plan that works for your family’s unique schedule and lifestyle. Talk to your children about this pattern of brushing behavior and then work with them to ensure that they are brushing when they’re supposed to clean. You may need to watch them for a while.

Proper brushing techniques are also critical because they ensure minimal plaque spread. Start by adding just a dot of toothpaste onto the brush and running just a little water on it to make it easier to move through your teeth. Hold the brush at a 30-to-45-degree angle to the edges of your teeth and brush firmly but without excess pressure. Pay attention to every area of your mouth and move slowly, not quickly, letting the brush do its work naturally. Also, brush the gum line and your tongue as well.

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