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These everyday habits could improve your child's oral health.
The key to maintaining healthy smiles in your children is to teach them good oral hygiene practices while they are young. After all, these habits will carry with them throughout childhood and into adulthood. Our South Miami, FL, board-certified pediatric dentists, Dr. Mario Martinez and Dr. Rebecca Lenard, know that it will be easier to get your child to brush and floss if you make it more interactive and fun.
Here are some tips to keep your child’s smile healthy:
Make sure they are drinking water
Many kids simply don't drink enough water! If you want to support healthy teeth and gums, you’ll want to keep your child hydrated. A rule of thumb is to make sure your child is drinking as many 8-ounce glasses of water a day as their age. For example, if your child is five years old, they should be drinking five, 8-ounce glasses of water daily. Active children may also require more water. Drinking water is chock full of fluoride, which can also keep teeth strong and prevent cavities from forming.
Brush twice a day
Make sure that you are brushing your child’s teeth at least twice a day, for a minimum of two minutes each time. In the beginning, you’re going to have to brush their teeth for them until they are able to do this themselves; however, you can also use this time to educate them on proper brushing techniques, so that when it comes time for them to brush their own teeth, they already well equipped for the task. If you have questions about how to brush your child’s teeth or the right tools for the job, don’t hesitate to ask your South Miami, FL, Pediatric dentist.
Snack in moderation
It is important that your child is receiving all the vital nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong. Of course, snacking too much throughout the day can increase plaque buildup, which can also increase your child’s risk for cavities. Therefore, limit snacking to 2-3 times a day, and avoid sugar-laden, processed snacks like gummy bears and potato chips. Instead, opt for smile-friendly choices such as apples, hummus, yogurt, and raw veggies.
Visit the dentist
While our South Miami, FL, practice is temporarily closed due to coronavirus, our pediatricians can still provide emergency care for children dealing with serious and urgent matters. Just call South Miami Pediatric Dental Associates at (305) 666-2068. Keep practicing these oral hygiene habits together as a family to keep dental problems at bay.
Visiting the dentist regularly is an important part of maintaining good oral health, especially for children. Keeping your children’s primary or baby teeth healthy with good early oral hygiene leads to healthier permanent teeth. You can help you children develop good dental habits at an early age by teaching them proper oral hygiene at home and by scheduling regular dental visits with a pediatric dentist. South Miami Pediatric Dental Association is your South Miami, FL, pediatric dentist’s office.
Early Oral Hygiene Habits
You can encourage your children to develop good oral hygiene habits at an early age by assisting them with brushing their teeth twice a day for about two minutes each time. Up until three years of age, young children can begin with a fluoride-free training toothpaste and switch to a regular toothpaste with fluoride after age three. Beyond helping your kids to brush daily and floss as needed, an integral part of developing good oral hygiene early on is scheduling regular dental visits with your South Miami pediatric dentist.
Childhood Dental Visits
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children as young as one year can visit the dentist. In general, children should see a dentist within six months of their first tooth coming in, which usually occurs at about age six months. Taking your child to a pediatric dentist is a good choice since they specialize in working with kids. Pediatric dentists are good at easing children’s anxiety about dental visits and help your child feel more relaxed about visiting the dentist.
As mentioned, scheduling regular dental visits for your child helps promote good oral hygiene habits. Like annual checkups with a pediatrician, when dental visits are part of their normal routine children begin to recognize the importance of those visits in maintaining good health. Further, kids who have regularly seen a dentist throughout childhood tend to continue visiting the dentist regularly as adults. By scheduling regular dental visits you’ll help your child maintain good oral hygiene, as well as develop life-long healthy dental habits.
Teaching your children the importance of good oral hygiene at an early age can help them develop good dental habits for life. Regular visits to a pediatric dentist helps promote good oral hygiene in your children. To schedule a dental appointment for your child, call South Miami Pediatric Dental Association, your South Miami, FL, pediatric dentists, at (305) 666-2068.