As a parent, you take a number of steps to ensure the overall health and wellness of your children. An important part of maintaining their long-term health is to educate them on proper oral hygiene habits. In addition to visiting your family dentist on a regular basis, children also need to be taught a proper oral hygiene routine. Here are some tips:
1. Brush Your Teeth Together
Experts recommend that children as young as two or three begin brushing their teeth with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste under adult supervision. Consider brushing your teeth at the same time as your child until he or she learns proper brushing techniques.
2. Promote a Tooth-Friendly Diet
You will want to consider stocking your home with healthy food items to begin teaching your child about proper nutrition at an early age. Consider avoiding sticky, sugary, or gummy food items and opt for fresh fruits and vegetables, as these contain many essential nutrients and can help reduce the risk of tooth decay.
3. Let Your Child Choose His or Her Own Toothbrush
Sometimes, letting your child pick out his own toothbrush is enough to get him excited about his oral health. While you will want to ensure that the toothbrush he chooses is ADA-approved, allowing your child to pick his favorite color or design will make things easier when it comes time to brush.
4. Have Your Children Attend Your Dental Checkups
Routine checkups and dental cleanings are essential in order to maintain your child’s oral hygiene, but visiting the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience, regardless of your child’s age. A good way to combat dental fear or anxiety in your child is to let her sit in during one of your own dental cleanings. This will not only give your child a good idea of what she can expect, but will also allow her to start building an relationship with her dentist.
Setting up a routine dental evaluation and checkup with a family dentist is a great way to help promote your child’s oral health. For more information on our pediatric dental services, give South Riding Family Dentistry in Chantilly a call at (703) 327-0327 today!