Tips for Kids’ Dental Hygiene
Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic health problems in children, and most kids have at least one cavity by the time they reach their teens. Once a cavity develops, tooth structure is permanently lost. Encouraging your child to develop good dental habits is the best way to help him or her to avoid tooth decay and cavities.
1- Choose a child-friendly toothpaste in flavors and colors that are attractive to your child. Mint, cinnamon, and similar flavors can be too strong for kids, but bubblegum and fruit flavors tend to appeal more strongly to young taste buds.
2- Pick an easy-to-use child’s toothbrush. Bristles should be soft, and the brush should be small enough to fit easily into your child’s hand and mouth. Electric toothbrushes tend to be easier for both kids and adults to use. Some models have timers that can help ensure your child brushes for the full two minutes.
3- Encourage proper techniques. Monitor your child until she has established good brushing habits. Make sure they are brushing each surface of their teeth every time they brush, and remind them to floss or use an interdental cleaner every day. Start taking your child to the dentist when they get their first tooth.
Dr. Frame, pediatric dentist, can also help your child establish healthy dental habits. We will work with your child to ensure proper brushing techniques and explain the importance of good dental health. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your child’s next appointment.
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