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How to Teach Children About Oral Hygiene March 27, 2019

Hastings, Adams
How to Teach Children About Oral Hygiene, Hastings, Nebraska

Establishing a healthy oral hygiene routine helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues. With this in mind, your family dentist will recommend educating your child on brushing and flossing at an early age. If you’re a new parent wondering how to teach your little one proper dental care, here’s a list of do’s and don’ts to review. 

Do:

Take them to a family dentist for checkups. 

Children should visit the dentist for the first time between six months and one year old as their first baby teeth start to grow in. After this initial appointment geared toward evaluating jaw, gum, and teeth development, your child should see the dentist every six months for routine checkups and cleanings. During these appointments, your little one will establish a rapport with their dental care team. This will, in turn, promote healthy habits, confirm the status of their oral health, and make sure they are educated and praised by a professional when they embrace proper oral hygiene. 

Use kid-friendly products.

dentistThere are a variety of kid-friendly oral hygiene products available that feature beloved cartoon characters or fun designs that appeal to children. Encourage participation in a dental care routine by allowing your child to choose their accessories. This can motivate your little one to brush frequently while letting them become an active member of the process. 

Don’t:

Forget about flossing. 

Before your child is able to brush on their own, parents should complete the task using an infant toothbrush and a tiny amount of children’s toothpaste. As soon as baby teeth grow in side-by-side and your child starts eating solid foods, you should also begin flossing. As you transition to allowing your toddler to brush on their own around the age of 3, don’t forget to teach them proper flossing techniques and remind them that their oral care routine is not complete until they do both actions. 

Allow children to brush unsupervised. 

It’s common for toddlers and young children to skip their oral care routine or rush through it. To ensure the task is performed properly without missing any steps, forgetting surfaces, or swallowing toothpaste, make oral care a family affair.

 

If you call Adams County, NE, home, and you’re looking for a dedicated family dentist that believes in creating a warm, welcoming environment with a personal touch, Bumgardner Family Dentistry in Hastings is the perfect place for comprehensive dental care. With over 17 years of experience and a reputation for prioritizing preventative dentistry, trust these professionals to help you and your family maintain beautiful smiles. Call today at (402) 462-6484 to schedule an appointment and visit their website to learn more about their specialties, from treating toothaches to setting dental crowns. 

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