Many people struggle with good dental care. It can be hard to remember to floss each and every day or to brush teeth correctly and with the right kind of tooth brush. Even choosing a dentist can be tricky.
Those challenges multiply when dealing with dental care for kids. Taking care of kids’ teeth starts by developing good habits at a young age and continues with regular visits to the dentist. Take advantage of these tips to ensure a happy smile for a lifetime.
Baby teeth and the early years
It might not be obvious, but establishing good dental care for kids actually starts while the baby is still in the womb. Make sure to get plenty of calcium, as the baby is actually forming teeth right along with every other part of its body.
Once the baby is born, the teeth may not start to break through for a year or two, so keep his or her mouth clean by swabbing the gums to remove bacteria. Once teeth have started to show, use just a tiny amount of toothpaste and gently brush in small circular motions. By the time the child is 5 or 6 years old, he or she should be able to handle brushing on their own.
Teach the proper methods
There is a right way and a wrong way to brush and floss. Make sure the child learns the correct way at an early age. When flossing, the child should take about 18 inches of floss and wrap it around each middle finger.Then, using the thumb and index finger, the child should gently work the floss between each tooth, making sure to scrape each side for plaque.
When it comes to brushing, the select a soft-bristled tooth brush and teach the child to use small, circular motions, making sure to brush both the fronts and backs of the teeth.
Select the right dentist
Not all clinics or offices are suited to provide dental care for kids. A dentist the parent visits may not be the right dentist for the child. Make sure to do some research on area dentists that specialize in treating children. The child’s pediatrician might also be able to make a good recommendation.
Children will establish positive or negative impressions quickly, so it is vital that they come away with positive impressions of the dentist. This will help ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth, and make visits something to look forward to every six months (instead of something they dread doing).
Robert Seitzinger is a copywriter for Silver Falls Fanily Dental, a dentist in Silverton OR. Learn more about Silverton family dentistry for kids and parents alike by visiting their website. This article was written by a guest author. Would you like to write for us?