Maintaining good oral hygiene habits has a significant bearing on the overall quality of life. By encouraging good habits in your child’s early years, you significantly improve their chances of enjoying good oral health as an adult.
The first step is getting them excited to brush and floss. Many children feel encouraged to brush if you offer them a themed, child-sized toothbrush and a kid-safe toothpaste that have been approved by the American Dental Association. You can start brushing their teeth as soon as they start to come in. As they get a little older, you can let them brush their own teeth with a cursory follow-up brushing performed by you.
Flossing is also critically important for maintaining good oral health. At the same time, flossing a child’s mouth can also be challenging. In the early years, you will need to floss for them. Spooling the strand of dental floss around your pinky fingers can help you reach the teeth in the back of their mouth. Encouraging them with fun stickers or coloring as a reward afterward helps make flossing as exciting as brushing.
When they get a little older, you can give them a floss stick with waxed dental floss. This helps them feel empowered to floss their own teeth without the potential frustration of learning to floss directly with fingers and a traditional strand.
If you have questions about how to instill good oral hygiene habits in your child, you can always call us to schedule a checkup at Haymarket Family and Cosmetic Dentistry with Dr. Mortvedt. We look forward to helping your family with all of your oral care needs!