Customizing Oral Hygiene for Kids
Kids have special needs when it comes to keeping their smiles healthy. They often have less manual dexterity and patience than adults. Dr. Frame, our kids dentist, can help you customize your kids’ oral hygiene routine to address their unique needs.
Babies and toddlers cannot take care of their erupting teeth without help. As their teeth erupt, clean them with a soft toothbrush after feeds. Their teeth should be white and evenly colored with no spots. Bring them in for a visit by the time they are twelve months old so that we can check their dental health and get them used to the routine dental care they will need for the rest of their lives.
Young kids can start taking more responsibility for their smiles, but will still need supervision until they are about seven. Monitor your child each time they brush or floss, and help out when needed. Make sure they spit out all the toothpaste rather than swallow it. Set a timer to make sure your kids are brushing for two full minutes each time.
Older kids might have their dental hygiene routine down by now, but they still need to be encouraged to do things correctly. Making good dental habits and lifestyle choices a family matter further instills these values in your kids. Encourage a healthy diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains rather than processed products, fast foods, and sugary drinks.
Teens’ lives tend to be busy with school, extracurricular activities, and social lives, but their unpredictable schedules do not have to translate to dental neglect. Encourage good dental practices by reminding your teens that good brushing and flossing result in healthy smiles, fresh breath, and improved confidence. If your teen wears braces, the proper tools can make good brushing and flossing habits easier and more effective.
Call our office today to learn more about dental health for kids or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Frame.
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