When it comes to helping your kids enjoy a lifetime of oral health, it’s never too early to build good habits. If you’re wondering how to get started with your little ones, you’ve come to the right place. Our team at Artistic Dentistry has put together this list of tips to help your kid have healthy teeth and gums.
Even before your baby gets their first tooth, you should gently clean their gums with a damp washcloth. Once their teeth come in, switch to an infant toothbrush. As your child grows, you can gradually shift from brushing their teeth, to helping them brush their teeth, to simply supervising while they take over.
Involve the Whole Family
One great way to make toothbrushing a habit is to get the whole family involved. If everyone is brushing their teeth at the same time, a reluctant little one might be more excited to be included. One great way to make tooth brushing fun is to play music while brushing!
Let Your Child Take Ownership of Their Oral Health
As your child develops, they will become more and more independent. One great way to encourage your child to take responsibility for their oral health is to let them make their own choices. Next time you’re at the store, consider letting your child chose the color of their toothbrush or the flavor of their toothpaste.
Don’t Overlook Flossing
Flossing with children can be tricky, but it’s important. The American Dental Association recommends that you begin flossing your child’s teeth from the time their baby teeth touch. As they age, be sure to stress the importance of tooth flossing to avoid cavities and gum disease.
Follow these tips to help your kids have a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. To ask our team any questions or to schedule an appointment, call us today!