In the spirit of the National Children’s Dental Health Month, it is time to get reacquainted with the dental health and hygiene of your children. Tell us, when was the last time you asked your children if they have been flossing? Do they brush twice a day?
Children are more prone to getting cavities as they munch on chocolate and drink soda like it is water. By getting involved in your child’s dental health, you will be saving them from future pain, cavities, and long dental procedures. Regular visits to the dentist, flossing every day and brushing teeth at least twice a day will keep your children safe from cavities and tooth decay.
Are you worried that your children may not be brushing their teeth regularly? How about you join them? Brushing together will not only help you bond but will also allow you to see if your children are brushing their teeth the right way. You have to brush for at least two minutes to make sure that the bacteria do not survive, and all the plaque is removed. also, it is important to scrub every side to make sure no teeth get left behind. You can make this into a fun thing that you do with your child.
Proper Way to Floss
Most of the children don’t know the correct way to floss. To make sure you children’s pearly whites stay healthy and cavity-free, teach them the correct way to floss. Teach the following steps to your kids:
- Wind the dental floss on both the pointer fingers and pinch it with a thumb
- Carefully wiggle the dental floss between two teeth
- Make sure you use a different section of floss when you move on to the next tooth
- Floss every night after dinner
Make it Fun
The dental health should not stop by the sink. If your kids are young, little activities will make them understand dental health more properly than just words. You can grab the art box and have some fun with the crayons. You can also find some story books that focus on dental health and read it to them as their bedtime story. It is all about getting them engaged when they are young. When the habit is set, it will stick with them for a long time.
Good oral hygiene is not enough, you have to take your children to the pediatric dentist twice a year to make sure their teeth are healthy and free from cavities. Regular visits can help with the diagnosis of any potential periodontal issues earlier.
Your child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist should be after their first birthday. You have to make sure that their milk-teeth are protected from cavities and the decay don’t travel to the bone. Even if they have a few teeth, make an appointment and go from there. It is your duty to ensure healthy smiles in your children.
To schedule an appointment for your child today, give HPS Dental a call today! We can be reached at (248) 652-0024!