Teaching good dental habits to your child is a lifelong investment that will pay off with a brighter smile and healthier future. The general health of your child is always in the forefront of our minds, but their dental health is also very important to their development. It is very important to establish good dental habits at an early age, as they will generally carry on through their adult life.
On average, a child’s first baby teeth will start to appear at around 6-8 months old. More teeth will continue to grow in until they are around 2-3 years old. While these baby teeth will eventually be replaced by permanent teeth, they make a major impact on a child’s health and development. Healthy baby teeth can greatly reduce the risk of adult dental problems and the need for braces. They are also important in the development of speech and prevention of speech impediments. Dental problems can hinder their ability to chew properly and absorb critical nutrients for growth.
Tips to Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy
Teach Your Child Healthy Brushing Habits:
One of the most important habits you can establish at an early age is a regular brushing routine. You should brush your child’s teeth twice a day as soon as they appear. As their motor skills develop, they can begin helping you brush their teeth. When a child is coordinated enough to tie their own shoes, they should be able to brush their own teeth without assistance.
Teach Your Child to Floss Daily:
Daily flossing is also very important for the health of your child’s teeth and gums. You should start flossing their teeth at around age 4. When a child is about 8 years old, they can typically begin to floss on their own.
Establish a Healthy Diet:
A child’s diet makes a great impact on their dental health. Limiting the consumption of sugary foods can greatly reduce the risk of cavities. Drinks and sodas with high sugar content can also be major contributors to tooth decay. It is much better to give snacks and treats at the same time as regular meals, instead of frequent snacking throughout the day.
Establish Regular Dental Checkups for your Child:
We recommend establishing regular dental checkups for children age 3 and up. Our friendly staff at The Hill Dental Group is great with kids. We strive to make dental visits positive and fun for children and parents. We will not only help prevent dental problems and take care of your child’s teeth, but we will guide and reinforce good habits that will keep them smiling for the rest of their lives.