Posted .

One of the best things you can do for your child is teach them how to properly care for their smile. This knowledge will help them in their everyday lives for years to come, and it will help them have a strong and successful oral health. You can even start teaching your child the ways of oral hygiene by the time their first tooth grows into their mouth! Now remember, each age may be a little different when it comes to oral care, so we have provided the following tips to help you:

Babies
It’s important that you care for your child’s smile as soon as their first baby tooth grows into place. You can do so by using a children’s soft-bristled toothbrush and children’s fluoride toothpaste. Brush their teeth twice a day and start flossing once they have two teeth grown in next to each other. You can also begin bringing your child into the dental office for their first checkup at this time to help them become more familiar with and comfortable in the dental chair.

Young Children
As your child gets older, they will want to do things on their own, especially brush and floss their teeth. Please feel free to let your child do these things on their own—just make sure they do a thorough and effective cleaning job. Most children aren’t able to do so before they are 7 years old, so do your best to take over and finish cleaning your child’s smile if they need it.

Middle-Schoolers
Middle schoolers are often looking up to you as an example, which is why you need to use this time wisely. Make sure to tell your child how important it is to brush and floss their smile every day. You can even make oral hygiene a family activity and you can show them how you love to care for your teeth and gums. Another thing you can do to help your child’s smile is pack their lunch with tooth-healthy foods and snacks each day, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods.

Teens
Sometimes teens can be difficult, especially when it comes to oral hygiene. However, they are very invested in their appearance, so you can encourage your teen to take care of their smile by reminding them that they do not want yellow, decayed teeth. This is also a good time to consider braces, so make sure you visit the dentist and discuss the need as soon as possible.

Now that you have the best tips that will help your child grow into a strong and healthy smile, you are on the right track! In addition to these tips, please remember to bring your child into our office every six months for their routine dental cleaning and exam. These appointments will also help your child immensely. If you have any questions, please call our office today!