From the time your children begin having baby teeth erupt inside their mouths, parents need to make their children’s oral health a priority. It is easy to overlook brushing a 6-month-old’s brand new tooth, but once your children have multiple teeth inside their mouth they need to be taken care of. For children under the age of one, using a damp washcloth to wipe their teeth before bedtime is sufficient. Yet, once your children are around the age of two, their oral health needs to be prioritized to encourage optimal oral health for life.
Children are great imitators. They love to copy things that their parents do, so if you want to help your children start with a healthy smile, there are simple steps you can do.
- Brush and floss alongside your children. Inviting your children inside your bathroom while you are flossing and brushing will let them see you making oral health a priority. Children imitate what they see their parents doing. This is a great time to have your children brush and floss right there with you because you can teach them the proper techniques. By making this a fun ritual when your children are young, you are helping them start a great habit right from the very start.
- Take your children to the dentist from an early age. Young children should begin visiting the dentist around the age of two. At their first dental appointments, the dental hygienist and dentist should make the appointment fun by counting teeth and learning fun ways to take care of their smiles. If you help your children feel at ease going to dental appointments early on, they will be less inclined to fear the dentist later.
- Feed your children a healthy and balanced diet. “You are what you eat” applies to more than just your weight. A healthy and balanced diet is full of whole grains, lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and water. Sugar should be limited as much as possible because sugar promotes dental cavities and decay.
At Precision Digital Dentistry, we know how important it is that dental hygiene begins from the very start. Contact our practice today to schedule an appointment for your children. Our entire staff provides friendly and compassionate care to patients of all ages. We look forward to serving your family with dedication.