From an early age, teach your child the importance of maintaining good oral health. Below are a few dental tips that will help you.
- Before your child has teeth, let him or her watch you floss and brush your teeth. Your child will likely want to imitate you.
- Start practicing oral hygiene with your child when the first tooth erupts by cleaning it with a soft cloth. Use a soft toothbrush on molar teeth.
- Make oral hygiene part of your child’s daily routine.
- Primary molars should be flossed as soon as they erupt, at around age two. When your child is eight or nine years old, help him or her learn how to floss.
- Choose flavors of fluoridated toothpaste that your child likes. Only use a pea-sized amount and remind your child that swallowing toothpaste can cause stomach aches or illness.
- Have fun with brushing your teeth along with your child. Hum a song, have a contest to see who can brush the longest, or download an app with toothbrush games.
- Regularly commend your child for keeping a good routine.
- Occasionally take your child with you to your dental appointment. Let him or her watch you as your teeth are examined and cleaned. Leave the office with a smile, and it will help your child have a positive view of dental appointments.
- Choose a dentist who loves treating children and who makes visits enjoyable. Positive dental experiences in childhood will help your child look forward to dental visits instead of becoming anxious.
Call us to schedule an appointment for your child, or request an appointment online. You can also call us if you would like to visit our office, see the environment, and meet a few of our staff members. Bring your children with you.