Proper dental hygiene habits are important throughout life. With that being said, those habits are developed in childhood which is a critical time for tooth development. Adults know that bad habits are hard to break, which is why many parents try to instill positive habits in their children early in life. That practice should be no different when it comes to dental hygiene habits.
Brushing Their Teeth
Children should brush their teeth twice a day. Most dentists will recommend brushing once in the morning and again before bedtime. Use an ADA accepted fluoride toothpaste with a soft-bristled brush. Brush the inside and outer surfaces of each tooth and gently brush the gumline and the tongue.
Teach your children to floss once a day unless you are told otherwise by your dentist. Flossing helps remove plaque from between the teeth and under the gumline. You can start flossing your child’s teeth for them at the age of four, and by the time they are about eight they should be doing it themselves.
Too much sugar isn’t good for teeth of any age. Limit sugary snacks and drinks such as cookies, candy, and sodas as much as possible. You should also watch the amount of starches your children eat. Teach them the habit of eating larger meals and not snacking, because that helps with saliva production which rinses off food particles from the teeth. Much needed vitamins and minerals will also help to develop strong and decay-resistant teeth.
Regular Dental Visits
Regular checkups with a dentist are crucial in developing early oral hygiene habits. It is recommended that the first dental visit should occur somewhere around the time of your child’s first birthday. From there your dentist can set up a schedule of when you should come back for checkups and/or treatments.
Tribeca Dental Studio’s Tribeca Dental Office 4 Kids is the perfect place to help reinforce the benefits of early dental hygiene habits. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment.