Realistically, it can be a serious chore to get our kids to brush their teeth twice a day. But threatening them with the dentist could be counterproductive.
Early dental visits help to teach a child that their oral health is important, and a child who visits the dentist early in life is more likely to have a good attitude about dental providers and visits.
A pediatric dentist has the experience and qualifications to care for a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout their childhood. Pediatric dentists know how to examine and treat children in ways that make them comfortable, and they use specially designed equipment in offices that are arranged and decorated with children in mind.
We adults know that good oral health needs to start early to help prevent tooth decay, so make brushing fun with cute toothbrushes and even a short two-minute song they have to brush along to. It’s also good to explain to them why they need to brush.
But you’re not in this alone. A pediatric dentist will take the time to explain oral health and good dental practices to your kids, which you can then reiterate at home.
Here are a few reminders:
- Start early so by the time babies get their first tooth, their gums are healthy and they are already used to a routine of brushing. Use a clean baby washcloth or a soft baby toothbrush.
- Use fluoridated toothpaste or fluoridated tap water to help keep teeth strong.
- Limit sugary snacks.
- Don’t give kids anything other than water to drink after they brush their teeth at bedtime.
- Make sure they brush for at least 2 minutes twice a day.
- Brush together to ensure they are cleaning correctly.
- Replace toothbrushes every 3 to 4 months.
Once kids know that their dentists are there to help ensure they have healthy teeth and gums, they may look forward to showing off their healthy pearly whites at each visit! For more information on Pediatric Dentistry, visit http://mychildrensteeth.org/