In many ways, keeping your child’s smile healthy is very similar to maintaining your own good oral health. Brushing teeth twice a day and flossing at least once are equally important, as is visiting the dentist at least once every six months for routine checkups and cleanings. However, the difference is that children aren’t always as adept at cleaning their teeth every day, and visiting the dentist can sometimes be more stressful, especially if they aren’t used to the environment. At our Galveston, TX, children’s dental office, we’re not only happy to treat children’s smiles, but also to help you know all there is to know about maintaining your child’s dental health at home.
What’s the best way to teach good hygiene?
The best way to show your children the important role of good hygiene is to lead by example. Every day, brush and floss your teeth together, giving your child pointers about how to clean properly, especially around tricky spots like behind the teeth. Also, don’t make brushing and flossing the last thing before bed time. Knowing that bed time is right around the corner can make children less enthusiastic about dental hygiene. Instead, brush and floss an hour or so after dinner, and right before something enjoyable like family time, story time, or something else they can look forward to.
Is it too soon to bring my child to the dentist?
Children shouldn’t generally start a routine schedule of checkups and cleanings until the age of three. However, you should bring your child in for an initial visit by the first birthday, or shortly after the first tooth appears. From then on, bring you can bring children with you to your own routine visits to help them get acquainted with the environment. If your child’s first tooth has already erupted, or is already past the age of three, but has not been to the dentist, then schedule a visit as soon as possible.
If I have a cavity, does that mean my kids will, too?
Common dental health issues like cavities aren’t exactly hereditary. Even if you’ve had one or multiple cavities, your child still has a good chance of avoiding them for life. It starts with teaching consistently good hygiene and getting your child acquainted with visiting the dentist routinely. However, parents can often pass the harmful bacteria that cause cavities from their own mouths to those of their children. Things like kissing, sharing straws, and more can enhance your child’s risks of developing cavities, especially if you already have one.
Learn all there is to know about your child’s smile
Knowing all there is to know about keeping your child’s smile healthy isn’t as difficult as it might seem. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.