Helping maintain your child’s smile is an important way to set them up for a lifetime of good oral health habits. It’s so important in fact, that the month of February has been dubbed Children’s Dental Hygiene Month.
To celebrate, Lowry Main Street Dental has outlined a list of basic dental care and hygiene best practices for your youngsters’ teeth. Let’s take a look.
A Guide to Children’s Oral Health
Even when your child is a newborn, oral health is crucial. Your doctor will instruct you to wipe your babies’ gums with gauze twice a day until their teeth begin to erupt. Once their teeth form, you should begin brushing their teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush designed for kids. In order to keep your child’s mouth in good shape, you should:
- Take them to the dentist when their first tooth appears.
- Make sure your child brushes twice a day. Kids under the age of 6 should receive a pea-sized amount of paste.
- Educate your child about flossing and make sure this is incorporated into their daily brushing routine.
- Feed your child a balanced meal of fruits, veggies, protein, and complex carbs. Make sure to limit the consumption of sugary foods.
- Monitor their brushing habits and make sure they are reaching their back molars.
- Make sure your child receives a professional cleaning twice a year. Remember, tartar buildup can only be removed by a dentist.
- Create a fun environment for your child when it’s time for brushing. The excitement of oral health can wear off quickly; keep your child interested in their smile with engaging brushing activities.
Ways to Keep Kids Excited About Dental Health
- Lead by example. Your child is much more likely to join your healthy oral habits if you take the time to follow them yourself.
- Use fun supplies. There are plenty of cool toothbrushes and toothpastes on the market. Experiment with superheroes and flavored paste.
- Create oral health activities. Tooth related crafts, books and activities centered around brushing and flossing can help keep your child interested. Check out these brushing activities for inspiration.
- Offer a reward. Giving your child some kind of gift, like a trip to the zoo or small toy, will motivate them to continue to brush like a pro.
Keep the Excitement Alive
Good dental health is a lifelong commitment, so don’t forget to use these tools at home so your child grows up to understand the importance of a healthy mouth. Happy Children’s Dental Hygiene Month!