When it comes to teaching your child proper oral health habits, it is best to start when they are young. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents take their children to the dentist before the age of two, preferably by their first birthday. Many toddlers have tooth decay problems related to drinking a bottle at night, and not cleaning the teeth after. How can you prevent tooth decay at young ages and help your children to learn how to properly care for their teeth and gums?
It is important to teach your children to brush at least twice a day. Shortly after they are born, start practicing brushing habits. There are finger toothbrushes you can use to scrub the gums and the tongue. Once they start to form teeth they will already know what it feels like to brush their teeth. As they become older, show them how to hold their own toothbrush and how to move it around their teeth. All surfaces of the teeth need to be cleaned properly to prevent decay. Toddlers often like to be independent when brushing their teeth. It is a smart idea to use an electric toothbrush at a young age as it can help to cover all surface areas of a tooth. This is a great way to help your toddler learn how to move the toothbrush around the mouth to clean the teeth properly. It is important to brush the teeth for at least two minutes, twice per day to prevent tooth decay.
Learning by Example
Children learn many of their habits by example. Let your children see how you brush and floss your teeth. As they see how you care for your teeth, it can help them to learn how to care for their teeth. While this can work well for many children, it doesn’t work for all kids. Some kids need to be shown how to care for their teeth and gums. Take your children to the dentist so they can learn how to care for their teeth and gums. When they are at the dentist office, speak to the dentist about fluoride treatments. Fluoride is one of the best methods to help prevent tooth decay, and it helps permanent teeth to form properly as they start growing in place of the baby teeth that fall out. Always use toothpaste that contains fluoride as it helps to reverse gum disease and tooth decay in the early stages.
There are many concerns with childhood tooth decay related to improper eating habits, improper brushing habits, and failure to floss daily. Parents need to practice healthy oral health habits to show their children how to keep their teeth clean and healthy. It starts with eating and drinking the right foods. Sugary drinks can rot teeth quickly, as can access to too much candy. It is important to give your children a healthy balance of foods to eat. Increase the amount of vegetables they eat as they help to cleanse the teeth and gums. Remember to teach your children to always brush their teeth before bedtime to reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth that will lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Your healthy habits will be shown to your kids, and it will give your kids the right healthy habits to start following for the rest of their lives.
Contact Riverton Dental to schedule a cleaning and examination for your child and let our team help them understand the importance of maintaining their oral health.