With the new year comes new resolutions. If your child is learning how to properly take care of their teeth, now is the time to practice up on some of our favorite children’s dentist tips to help your child maintain a healthy smile in 2020.
Brush with Your Child
Children love to copy what their parents do, so if you want them to practice better oral hygiene, lead by example. Taking the time to brush your own teeth when your child is first learning to brush on their own will allow them to feel like they’re stepping into bigger shoes and getting to do something just like their parents. If you can get your child in the early mindset that taking care of their teeth is an important habit, this will have them practicing good oral hygiene for years to come.
Teach Your Kids to Floss
Flossing is just as crucial as brushing your teeth. Let your child observe how you floss your own teeth and then explain to them how they can do it on their own. An easy way is to loop the floss around one of your child’s fingers on each hand then guide the floss between their teeth. You can then ask your child to show you the same technique. You may have to supervise until your child feels confident enough to floss on their own.
Provide Healthy Snacks
You know sugar leads to cavities. To keep your child’s cravings at bay, have healthy snacks available that are great alternatives to junk food. Food such as fruit, nuts, vegetables, whole-grain crackers, yogurt, and cheese are all healthy dental food options to keep on hand for your child’s lunchbox or when they get hungry in between meals.
Save Sugary Treats for After Mealtime
If your child does have a sugary treat every once in a while, it’s a good idea to give them the treat after they’ve had a meal. Not only will this help keep them from overindulging, but the amount of saliva in their mouth is greater which helps protect the teeth from decay-causing bacteria.
Reward Healthy Oral Hygiene
Just like you would reward a child for making good grades, show your child how taking care of their teeth regularly is a good thing with special rewards. Little gifts from “the tooth fairy” now and then to encourage them to keep up their good work is a great way to help your child realize how beneficial taking care of their teeth can be.
Schedule Regular Appointments with Your Children’s Dentist
It’s a good idea to take your child to the dentist every 6 months, or as directed by your children’s dentist, for proper cleaning. Not only will your child feel more comfortable getting to know their dentist, but your dentist will be able to catch any signs of possible problems and put a stop to them before they get worse.
Schedule Your Child’s Dentist Appointment Today
If this is your child’s first dentist appointment, or it’s been 6 months since their last visit, contact us at Nia Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics today. We want your child to receive the best preventative care to last a lifetime, and that starts by getting a healthy and happy smile for 2020.