Instilling Good Oral Hygiene Habits in Children

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Your child’s oral development and oral health are very important for their long-term quality of life as an adult. This starts with instilling good oral hygiene habits in their early years.

Our dentist, Dr. Chris Roberts and the American Dental Association recommend that you start wiping your baby’s gums after each feeding, and brushing and flossing your child’s teeth as soon as they erupt from the gums. Not only will this help maintain the health of their primary teeth, but it can also get them used to the sensations of brushing and flossing.

As their manual dexterity develops you can let them play at brushing their own teeth. Giving them a child themed toothbrush and child-safe toothpaste can encourage them to brush. After they are done playing at brushing you can make an brush their teeth a second time. When shopping for a child-safe toothpaste you should always look for American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance. This ensures that you’re providing them with the highest-quality products possible.

Your child’s teeth need to be flossed once per day. If necessary, you can spool the dental floss around your pinky fingers or using a small floss stick to reach the teeth in the back of their mouth. As they get older, they can start to floss stick with their own hands.

If you live in the Denver, Colorado, area and you have a concern about the health of your child’s mouth, you should call 303-371-4485 to schedule a dental checkup at Green Valley Kids.