Dental Health

Local Cottonwood Cosmetic Dentist

Here at Arizona Smiles Designers, we provide quality oral care and services for kids, teens and adults in our surrounding communities. We offer general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, periodontics and more including Invisalign and dentures. Our dentists are dedicated to creating beautiful smiles and helping our patients maintain them.

The maintenance of beautiful healthy smiles requires proper oral care and starts with a knowledge of proper dental health habits. Continue reading to learn more about dental health and how you can keep your smile healthy.

Dental Health For Adults

Experts have discovered that bacterial inflammation from gum disease is linked to chronic health problems including stroke, coronary artery disease and, even, premature, low birth-weight babies. As any individual gets older, it becomes more important to practice good oral hygiene to maintain good oral health. If you would like to protect your smile and overall health, you should:

  • Visit our office at least twice a year for a routine check-up and cleaning
  • Brush your teeth at least three times a day with a fluoridated toothpaste
  • Floss every day
  • Stop smoking or using smokeless tobacco products
  • Have a balanced, healthy diet.

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Children’s Dental Health

It is very important for children to start good dental hygiene practices earlier rather than later. The most common chronic disease in children in America is tooth decay, affecting 50% of first-graders and 80% of 17 year olds. By instilling proper oral hygiene practices at an early age and bringing your children into our office for regular visits, the chances of your child developing common oral problems is reduced significantly. Their self-esteem, health and well-being will be enhanced.

It is said by the National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research that children in the US will miss 52 million hours of school each year due to oral health problems and about 12.5 million days of restricted activity every year from dental symptoms. It is your responsibility as the parent or guardian to make sure your child practices proper dental hygiene. Proper oral care can start as early as infancy. A great oral care routine for your child includes:

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  1. Thoroughly cleaning your infant’s gums after each feeding with a water soaked infant cloth, stimulating the gum tissue and removing food
  2. Gently brush erupted teeth with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush with a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste
  3. Teach your child proper brushing techniques at two or three years old and then later incorporate flossing into their regimen
  4. Bring them to our office for regular visits to check for cavities in primary teeth or possible developmental problems
  5. Encourage your child to talk to you about any fears they may have regarding visits to our office. Try to avoid using the words “pain” or hurt”
  6. Check to make sure your water supply is fluoridated

Contact Us

Thank you for choosing Arizona Smile Designers in Cottonwood, AZ for your oral care needs.

We are excited that you want to improve your dental health with us. Contact us at (928) 634-8610 for more information about our general and cosmetic dental treatments. We are always happy to help. We can schedule an appointment for you over the phone, also. We look forward to seeing you soon!