Parents are the busiest people in the world, and factoring in all of the important details for keeping children happy and healthy is a real juggling act. Sometimes in the midst of the circus, dental health for your child may get overlooked. Your child’s oral hygiene, however, is very important and can affect many different layers of their overall health as they grow. Understanding the fundamentals of children’s dental and oral healthcare needs is step one in creating a lifetime of healthy oral habits at an early age.
Twice-a-day brushing, daily flossing and regular dental checkups are crucial for establishing good oral hygiene at an early age. Until your child is able to rinse and spit out the toothpaste without swallowing it, you will need to brush your child’s teeth for them. Flossing, too, requires specific motor skills, so until they are old enough and able to maneuver the floss, you should manage this step for them as well..
While good oral health is the best protection against tooth decay, there are additional steps you can take to help your child avoid cavities. Initially, use a toothpaste that contains fluoride; then, when your child’s permanent back teeth erupt, talk to Dr. Rench about applying dental sealants..
Dental Habits Dental habits can be developed in children at a very early age. Bad habits, too, can be broken, so while you are teaching your children about good oral health, make sure they aren’t practicing bad habits like thumb-sucking, going to sleep right after drinking milk or juice, using a pacifier as a pre-schooler, etc. While maintaining good oral hygiene is important, it is equally important to understand and break the bad habits.
If your child develops cavities, schedule an appointment as soon as possible with Dr. Rench for an evaluation and possible fillings. Never fall under the misconception that children don’t need their cavities filled simply because their baby teeth will eventually fall out. Remember, children retain many of their baby teeth for a long time and cavities can be painful.
Nutrition plays an extremely important role in good dental health. Eating nutritional snacks and restricting sugary drinks and candy will help to prevent plaque from forming on your child’s teeth.
Tooth Brushing Charts
Make oral hygiene more fun by hanging tooth brushing charts on the wall in the bathroom. Change them out every few months to keep your kids interested, and they are more likely to keep brushing regularly. You can even find some online to print out.
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