Dental Tips

Children should begin establishing a regular oral hygiene routine at an early age. Below are some tips on how to get your child on the right dental track to keep them clear of cavities, plaque, tooth decay, and other problems that could affect their overall health.

How often should my children go to the dentist?

Like adults, children should go to the dentist regularly for checkups, cleanings, etc. You should start taking your child to the dentist between 6-12 months of age, and continue to see them every six months.

How often should children brush their teeth?

Children should brush their teeth at least twice daily. Dentists especially recommend brushing after meals. Children should also learn to brush their teeth for at least 2 minutes each time to ensure thorough cleaning.

How soon can my child floss?

The earlier the child begins flossing, the better. Teaching your children to floss after their primary set of teeth has come in is the most opportune time. Encourage your children to floss at least once per day.

What technique should my children follow when flossing?

Gently insert floss between teeth using a back-and-forth motion. Try not to force the floss or snap it into place. Curve the floss into a C-Shape against one tooth and then the other.

What are sealants and do my children need them?

Sealants are plastic coatings that are painted on the chewing surface of the back teeth that protect hard-to-reach areas from food and plaque. Children need sealants to protect their teeth from decay causing bacteria and shield teeth from plaque and food build-up.

How important is good oral hygiene for my child?

Oral hygiene is incredibly important for someone at any age. Poor oral hygiene habits developed early on can lead to serious problems later in life – serious infections, oral cancer, and affects on the digestive process. Ensuring a well balanced diet and limiting snacks will also help prevent tooth decay and lead your children to healthy smiles that will last a lifetime!

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