With all the battles a busy parent has to fight their children about in a single day, should brushing and flossing be one of them? Those of us at Doctors of Dental Medicine say ABSOLUTELY!
Children, even kids as young as one, are never too young to start developing good oral hygiene habits! From the time a child’s first tooth comes in, healthy mouth care should be of paramount importance.
So let’s take some time to consider creating a lifetime of healthy mouth habits for our kids. Here’s a few things to keep in mind:
- Children’s baby teeth need to be brushed. Yes, it’s true. Don’t fall victim to the trap of thinking that just because the tooth will eventually fall out, it needs less care. From the time the first tooth peeks through a child’s gums, it should be brushed twice daily. In some cases, this exercise is less about cleaning the tiny tooth than it is about establishing a routine and teaching a child how to care for themselves and their mouths.
- Don’t let your child fall asleep with a cup/bottle of anything but water. Scary snacks are bad news for teeth while little ones sleep. Water should be the only beverage your child has available during nap or bed time. Save juice, milk and sugary beverages for meal and snack time. Brush teeth or rinse the mouth with water after any sugary beverage.
- It’s time to start flossing! If your child has 2 teeth that touch, it’s time to floss. That’s right! Young children might need the help of an adult to floss. As a child grows, flossing devices and floss picks can be a good way to introduce them to flossing by themselves.
- Take your child to see the dentist by the age of one, or within 6 months of getting their first tooth.
- Avoid transferring saliva between household members. Sharing eating utensils or toothbrushes opens the door for bacteria to pass between multiple people in the household. Never a good idea.
Is it time for your child to see the dentist? We can’t wait to meet your little one! Give us a call to schedule your appointment today!