Alright parents, it’s time to think about your child’s oral care. It’s extremely important to care for their smile as much as possible, and we are here to help you do so! Whether your child is a baby, a young child, a middle-schooler, or a teen, there are things you can do to help your child grow into the smile they deserve, and those things are:
Make sure you begin cleaning and caring for your baby’s teeth as soon as they grow into place. Even if your child only has one tooth, it’s important that you brush that tooth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and with children’s toothpaste. You can also use a brush that is the perfect size for your child’s teeth. This kid-sized toothbrush will give your baby the comfort they need while you clean their smile. Also, look out for spots and stains on your child’s teeth. If you see any, please bring your baby into our office as soon as you can.
As your child gets older, they will want to do things on their own, especially brush and floss their teeth. Please feel free to let your child do these things on their own–just make sure they do a thorough and effective cleaning job. Most children aren’t able to do so before they are 7 years old, so do your best to take over and finish cleaning your child’s smile if they need it.
This age is an important time to set an example and do all you can to help your child have strong and healthy teeth. Show them how important it is to brush their teeth twice a day, floss their smile once a day, and rinse their mouth with beneficial mouthwash daily. Make oral hygiene a family activity and explain the importance of brushing and flossing each time you care for your smile. You can also help your child by packing them tooth-healthy foods for lunch, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods.
Teens are very interested in their appearances, which is something you should take advantage of! If you have a hard time encouraging your teen to brush twice a day and floss and rinse daily, explain that if they refuse to do these things, their smile will turn yellow and gray and they will begin to have stinky breath. No one wants an ugly and smelly smile, so this should motivate your teen to care for their smile each day.
Call our office today if you would like more tips on cleaning and caring for your child’s smile. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!