It is universally acknowledged that parents want the best for their kids, and when it comes to dental hygiene, the same is true. Good oral health habits for kids are important to parents because healthy dental habits in childhood can set them up for a lifetime of good dental health. So how can you help your child set up lifelong habits that keep teeth healthy and clean?
1. Use Fluoride
Ask your dentist about the sources of fluoride you can use to help support healthy strong teeth. Fluoride treatments may be an important option to keep your child’s teeth healthy and clean if you live in an area without a fluoridated water supply. Talk to your dentist about how to make sure your child is using a healthy amount of fluoride in their daily routine.
2. Regular Dental Hygiene is Important
Teaching your child to brush thoroughly 2 times a day starts early! As soon as your child has teeth, you can begin brushing them twice a day. You can encourage good oral habits for kids by brushing with them, and helping young children with their brushing regularly.
3. See a Dentist Regularly
Although this may look different in a post COVID-19 world, be in regular contact with your dentist about their recommendations for regular dental care for your child. Your dentist can help you plan preventative measures to keep the cavities at bay, and inform you of the policies at their practice, and how to prioritize your child’s dental care in the new normal. Your dentist can also help you find successful ways parents can encourage good oral health habits for kids.
4. Seal it
Ask your dentist about sealants that can protect your child’s teeth from cavities and decay. Check with your dentist if your child is a good candidate for this kind of protective measure. Children with many cavities already may not be a good candidate, but a child who hasn’t experienced a lot of tooth decay may be. Ask your dentist if sealants are a good option for your child. While good oral health habits for kids are important, a sealant can be a good way to help prevent cavities while they are learning what that looks like.
Call our Gilbert, Mesa or San Tan Valley dental offices to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.