Starting your child’s oral habits early on is the best thing you can do for them.
One of the most common childhood dental problems our Findlay, OH, family dentists, Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner, see is tooth decay. If your child still has their baby teeth you may just assume that cavities are no big deal, but if left untreated this seemingly small problem can lead to long-term dental problems and future cavities.
Therefore, the best thing you can do for your children is to show them good dental habits. You’re going to be the one doing the brushing and flossing for them until they are old enough to do it themselves; however, this is still a teachable moment. Talk your child through the brushing and flossing process and explain what you are doing and why it’s so important to keep teeth and gums clean.
Here are some helpful tips to adopt to help your child maintain healthy teeth and gums,
- Make sure to brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day. Designate a time for the whole family to get together and practice good oral hygiene. This ensures that everyone is properly caring for their smiles. Don’t forget to set a timer, as everyone should be brushing for at least two straight minutes!
- You can start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as their teeth erupt. You will only need a dab of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice to fully brush your baby’s new teeth. As your child gets older you can upgrade the amount of toothpaste from a grain of rice to the size of a pea.
- Flossing isn’t just for adults; kids need to floss, too! You should be flossing your child’s teeth every day, ideally right before bedtime. Be gentle when it comes to guiding and removing floss from between teeth, especially in very tight spaces.
- Make sure to schedule dental cleanings with our Findlay, OH, general dentists for the whole family every six months. Once a child turns 1 year old it’s time to start bringing them in regularly to see the dentist.
- Limit your child’s sugar consumption, which is a major factor for whether or not they deal with decay. Sugar and starches produce more plaque, which can wear away tooth enamel. A diet that is rich in whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and lean sources of protein are ideal. Avoid boxed or packaged foods, which usually have a lot of sugar and sodium.
We hope that you and your family are stay healthy and safe during the pandemic. While we are happy to schedule routine appointments and checkups for your family once our Findlay, OH dentists are back in action, we are still providing emergency dental care for urgent matters. If you are dealing with a true dental emergency don’t hesitate to call Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center at (419) 424-5850.