To help you help your child grow into the smile they deserve, we have provided the following information you need to give your child the best oral health possible, no matter their age:
Many people believe that the primary teeth are unimportant and unnecessary, but this is simply not true. The baby teeth are extremely important because they guide the permanent teeth into place and they give your child the ability to chew, eat, and talk. So it is very important that you care for your child’s baby teeth as soon as they grow into the mouth. You can do so by brushing their teeth with a small, kid-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush and children’s fluoride toothpaste. You can also begin flossing your child’s smile when two teeth grow in next to each other.
Young children tend to think that they can brush and floss their teeth on their own. This may be true, but most children lack the manual dexterity to properly clean their smile. So it’s important that you let your child brush and floss for a few minutes and then you can take over and finish the job for them. That way, they are learning how to care for their smile themselves and their teeth also get properly cleaned.
Middle schoolers are often looking up to you as an example, which is why you need to use this time wisely. Make sure to tell your child how important it is to brush and floss their smile every day. You can even make oral hygiene a family activity and you can show them how you love to care for your teeth and gums. Another thing you can do to help your child’s smile is pack their lunch with tooth-healthy foods and snacks each day, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods.
It is very important for teens to clean their smiles each day, especially if they have braces. Oral hygiene is essential when it comes to growing into an adult smile that lasts for the rest of your life. So, if you have trouble motivating your teen to brush, floss, and rinse each day, remind them that if they refuse to do so, their smile will begin to turn an unflattering yellow/brown color and their breath will constantly smell. This should keep them motivated!
For more tips and information about oral hygiene for kids, call our office today at 610-363-6181 and talk to a member of our friendly dental team. We are eager to help your child keep their healthy smile!