Oral hygiene is crucial and is something you should teach your kids about from an early age. If children grow up knowing good oral health habits, they’ll be in good shape when they visit the dentist throughout their adult life. There are a few helpful tips you can consider when trying to install good hygiene habits within your child.
Brushing and Flossing
Brushing is something you should start doing with your child as a baby. Around one year old, you should start using a child-sized toothbrush and brushing your child’s teeth with water. If you want to use toothpaste, make sure it doesn’t contain fluoride and will be safe if your child swallows it. Once they’re old enough to spit out the toothpaste, you can switch to one with fluoride. Take your child to the dentist young and have the dentist teach them proper brushing techniques, such as brushing for two minutes twice a day and brushing their teeth, gums, and tongue. You’ll likely have to help your child brush their teeth until they’re around 7 or 8; then, they can start using a larger toothbrush and brush on their own. Make sure they switch it every 3 to 6 months or after they’re sick. Flossing is also vital to your child’s oral hygiene routine, so you should teach them to floss once a day.
If your child is involved in any contact sports, their teeth must be protected. Your child should wear a mouthguard to prevent teeth from getting chipped or knocked out during sports. Discuss with your child’s dentist if you think a custom mouthguard is necessary.
Allowing your child to consume a lot of sugary foods and drinks puts them at a higher risk of developing cavities. Try to limit sugar intake, and don’t allow your child to go to sleep with a bottle of juice as it will sit on your child’s gums and teeth.
Advantages of Practicing Good Oral Hygiene Habits
- Healthier teeth and gums
- A brighter smile
- Fresh breath
- Limited need for dental work
- Decreased risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and oral cancer
Visit Desert Sky Dental
When choosing a dentist for your child, you want someone who will take good care of them. At Desert Sky Dental, we provide many options for dental care for children and prioritize providing a safe and comfortable environment for your child.