Everyone loves to see a kid smile. For parents, that great smile starts with teaching them good oral hygiene.
Many people don’t know that even baby teeth can get cavities. Losing a baby tooth too soon to decay will cause other problems down the road.
It is never too early to start children on the path of taking care of their mouths, gums, and teeth.
Let’s take a look at 3 ways to keep your kids’ teeth healthy.
1. Find a Pediatric Dentist
By the time your child has had their first birthday, they should also have their first dental appointment. Pediatric dentistry is a specialized field that will guide you and your child to make the best decisions for an overall healthy mouth.
They are also experienced in dealing with children and can ease the anxiety that often comes with trips to the dentist. Starting early will prepare them for a lifetime of dental appointments without dread and fear.
Their pediatric dentist will chart and track the growth of new teeth and keep an eye out for possible orthodontic problems. They will even assist with breaking the habit of thumb sucking if that becomes a problem.
2. Teach Proper Oral Hygiene
You should start cleaning your baby’s teeth just as soon as they break through. At first, use a soft, wet cloth or gauze to wipe them clean.
Once the tooth, or teeth, are completely in they should be brushed using a kid-friendly toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste designed for children. You should do this until they are old enough to do it themselves. After that, you should still supervise to make sure it is done correctly.
Teeth should be brushed at least twice a day for about two minutes each time. The best times are right after breakfast and just before bed.
When they are a little older, they should be taught to floss correctly and how to use mouthwash.
Maintain a regular schedule for dental visits and cleanings. You should aim for two a year unless your dentist recommends more to treat or track a specific issue.
3. Take Advantage of Orthodontic Services
Even with proper care of the mouth and teeth, problems can still arise. Teeth grow in crooked or have gaps. Some children suffer from an overbite or underbite. Others have the lingering effect of sucking their thumbs.
A skilled orthodontist will assess the condition of your child’s teeth and make recommendations for treatment which could include braces, spacers, or aligners.
The goal of this orthodontic treatment is to have your child enter adulthood with healthy, straight, and strong teeth and gums.
Their Smile is Too Important
A great smile can last a lifetime, but it comes with work. That work starts early when your child is still young.
Teaching good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist will keep your kids’ teeth and mouth healthy for years to come.
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