Taking care of your children’s teeth can be quite tedious, especially when they’re still young, but it’s important to take good care of them. Instilling a good oral care routine increases your child’s chances for healthy teeth and good overall oral hygiene for life! Here are the basics of a successful oral care routine for your child:
Importance of brushing
You should brush your child’s teeth two times a day (morning and night) for two minutes at a time. Once they are at least two years old, you can begin using toothpaste. You can try introducing a fun, kid-friendly design on a toothbrush and even kid toothpaste, too. You can also teach your child to brush his or her teeth for the correct amount of time by introducing the activity with a song. (e.g. Sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice through while brushing, and when you finish, spit!)
Don’t forget to floss
You should begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as he or she has two teeth that touch. This will not only start the habit of flossing early, but it will act as prevention against plaque buildup and other oral health issues. The more consistently your child flosses, the cleaner his or her mouth is. Flossing helps with fresher breath, too!
Why baby teeth matter
Your child will begin losing his or her baby teeth around six years old. Until then, it’s a great idea to practice brushing and flossing with your child. If your child builds this into his or her daily routine at a young age, oral care habits will flourish, even if there’s a tooth (or two) missing.
We recommend that you take your child to his or her first dental appointment sometime between six months and one year old. Schedule your appointment with us today!