As a parent, you constantly worry about your children’s health. Teaching good dental habits will not only protect their teeth now, but will keep their mouths healthy for the rest of their lives. Good dental hygiene can prevent painful surgeries and procedures that no child or adult wishes to go through. The most important steps to oral hygiene include brushing, flossing, and regular trips to a pediatric dentist.
Incorporate brushing into your children’s everyday morning and nighttime routine, so that they understand the importance of brushing twice a day. Teach techniques that promote healthy teeth, like counting time or brush strokes. Most pediatric dentists recommend that children brush for up to three minutes. Teach your child how to hold the brush at an angle so that it cleans both the teeth and gums.
Flossing reaches areas of the mouth that tooth brushing can’t, and it’s a vital part of cavity prevention. Teaching your children proper flossing techniques may be challenging, but the results will reward them for the rest of their lives. For tips on proper flossing techniques and teaching them to children, ask for help from your pediatric dentist.
Regular Trips to the Dentist
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see their pediatric dentist at least twice a year for check ups and cleaning. Although your child’s baby teeth aren’t permanent, their healthy growth and care affects how your child’s adult teeth will grow. Your pediatric dentist will also give you great information on your child’s oral health, so you can catch problems early and give your child a healthy smile into the future.
Teaching a successful oral hygiene routine very early in life can help form your child’s oral health into the future. At Long Island’s top pediatric dentist, Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry, we take pride in caring for your child’s smile and positively impacting children’s lives. Call our office to schedule an appointment!