INTRODUCTION TO GOOD ORAL HYGIENE FOR YOUR CHILDREN
Good oral hygiene starts as early as infancy.
Whether you're nursing or bottle feeding, you should begin incorporating some type of dental hygiene regimen as soon as possible. Before any teeth erupt, wipe down the gums with gauze or a soft, wet washcloth. Once teeth begin to come in, keep them clean. Using the right set of tools is essential for this daily ritual. For example, it is important to purchase a toothbrush designed specifically for babies, which will have a much smaller head, for their tiny mouths.
If you have not done so already, make sure your child has his or her first dental visit by the time he or she turns one to two years of age. Your pediatric dentist will keep your child's teeth healthy by removing plaque build-up and food debris that may be stuck in his teeth. This is an important part of dental care because it prevents bacteria from continuing to grow, which may eventually lead to other dental diseases. Make your regular visits to the pediatric dentist a fun adventure that always yields some type of tooth-friendly reward.
Being a Good Role Model for Kids
Early on, you will be responsible for your children’s oral health. Pediatric dentistry from the caring and experienced team at Albion Dental will help, of course, but eventually, you’ll have to make sure your growing kids understand the importance of maintaining their own dental health.
There are a few things you can do to instill the importance of proper oral care in your kids from an early age. It starts with managing their oral care until they’re old enough to do so on their own, as well as subscribing to children's dentistry with regular dental visits once teeth begin to erupt.
From there, you need to teach your children how to brush and floss their teeth properly. Specialists in pediatric dentistry can share tips and tricks to make this process easier and more enjoyable for your kids. With lessons from the dentist, both parents and kids can be sure oral hygiene tasks are performed correctly.
That said, you still need to make children understand why maintaining oral health is so important. While you don’t want to frighten children, you can explain how at-home care and dental visits prevent cavities and gum disease that can cause pain, make it difficult to eat or speak, and lead to illness.
Finally, you can set a good example. Make a habit of joining your kids for daily brushing and flossing regimen. At a young age, kids want to mimic their parents, which gives you the opportunity to influence their activities and opinions and help them create healthy dental habits for life.