“Prevention is better than cure”; nothing is truer when it comes to dental hygiene in children. Research has demonstrated the importance of practicing good dental hygiene and oral care in children. Tooth decay is by far the most common chronic childhood disease among American children, affecting over 50% of first-graders.
For this reason, parents have a responsibility in ensuring their children practice good oral hygiene from an early age. We recommend introducing good dental health routines as soon as possible in a child’s life, ideally from infancy.
A healthy dental hygiene and oral care routine will ensure that your child doesn’t have any issues later on in life. The American Dental Association recommends the following oral hygiene routine for children:
- As early as age 3, teach your child proper brushing techniques using a small toothbrush and applying a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste. We recommend that at the age seven you teach them proper brushing and gentle flossing.
- Check your home’s water supply to see if it’s fluoridated. In the event that it isn’t, discuss supplement options with your dental or health specialist.
- Children may develop developmental problems in their teeth, for this reason, schedule regular visits with a dentist to thoroughly check for cavities.
- Sugared liquids and foods can present a major problem to children’s teeth. We recommend consulting with your dentist about sealant application to protect your child’s teeth surfaces and bottle tooth decay.
We recommend you follow the above guidelines to ensure optimum oral hygiene for your kids. Contact us for further information for prevention methods for your children.