How can I help keep my child’s teeth healthy?
When it comes to our kids, we would do just about anything to keep them healthy and happy. Teaching your children to care for their teeth and gums from an early age can help set them up for a lifetime of good oral health. Your child’s dental health impacts their overall well being- and starting early is important to their dental and physical development.
Buckle Advanced Dental Care offers family dental services for children and adult patients. We offer dental services tailored to the development of your child’s smile. We help our littlest patients develop positive relationships with the dentist making their routine exams a pleasure.
Set your children up for a lifetime of healthy- beautiful smiles. Read on to learn more about just a few ways you can help encourage good oral health for life.
Brush, Brush, Brush!
As soon as your child’s first tooth erupts it is important to begin brushing. It is recommended that children brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day if not after every meal. Until the age of 3, a rice-sized dollop of toothpaste will do. After 3 increase the amount of toothpaste to about the size of a small green pea. During this phase of dental development, your child should be scheduled for their first dentist office visit. Bringing your child to the dentist early on in life allows Dr. Buckle to track the development of your child’s teeth. Should issues arise, Dr. Buckle is able to provide early intervention preventing the potential for bite disorders or speech development issues later on in life.
Healthy Diets for Healthy Smiles
What your child eats, and drinks has a direct impact on the health of their teeth and gums. Be sure your child eats plenty of fruits and veggies, whole grains, and protein. A balanced diet low in sugar aids in the proper development of their teeth and helps prevent oral disease. Fibrous vegetables such as celery act as a natural brush for the teeth and makes for a great snack. Fruits high in calcium can help strengthen bones and teeth! Make sure your child drinks plenty of water. Staying hydrated can reduce the risk of tooth decay and helps to wash debris from between the teeth. Always monitor your child’s sugar intake and watch for hidden sugar content in fruit juices and sports drinks.
Lead By Example, Your Smile Matters
Young children mimic the actions of their elders and look up to you. Be sure to make your oral hygiene a priority and include your child in your daily brushing and flossing routine. Supply your child with their own toothbrush to practice brushing their teeth. Never share toothbrush as oral bacteria can spread through utensils and toothbrushes.
You may also consider bringing your child to the dentist before they need to visit themselves. Often times the sounds and smells of a dentist office can be overwhelming to a young child. Have your child tag along with your routine dentist visits so they can acclimate to the new environment. When the time comes for them to visit dentist they will be well adjusted and ready to sit calmly in the dentist’s chair. We encourage parents to build positive associates for their children with the dentist so that children enjoy their visits.
Visit The Dentist
At Buckle Advanced Dental Care, we believe that patient education is key to enjoying healthy, happy smiles. Our dental care team provides all patients with personalized recommendations for learning how to brush better, floss more thoroughly and enjoy a more healthy smile. Make sure to bring your child in every six months for a routine dental health exam and routine teeth cleanings to help keep their teeth and gums healthy.