Simple Ways to Care for Your Child's Teeth
If you have children, it’s important to teach them as early as possible to take good care of their teeth and gums. Read on for a few simple suggestions!
1. Provide Your Child with a Healthy Diet
Help your child have a healthy body and healthy mouth by providing them with a balanced diet high in essential vitamins and minerals, like calcium and phosphorus. These minerals help remineralize enamel and will make their teeth stronger. Teach them to moderate their intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates, which can lead to tooth decay. And whenever possible, encourage them to drink water or milk instead of acidic and sugary drinks.
2. Stop Pacifier Use & Thumbsucking By Age 3
While most children stop sucking their thumb and using a pacifier by age three, others keep going and use the sucking method as a calming mechanism when they’re feeling stressed or uncomfortable. But sucking their thumb or using a pacifier past age three can lead to alignment issues, speech impediments or delays, and sensitivity on the root of their mouth.
3. Teach Good Oral Hygiene Habits
Perhaps one of the most important ways you can care for your child’s teeth is by modeling good oral hygiene habits. Teach them to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time with the correct, gentle technique. Help them remember to brush their tongue and to store their toothbrush in a clean, dry place. Additionally, show them how to floss at least once a day, moving the floss back and forth to reach around the tooth and under the gums. These kinds of dental habits are vital to your child’s oral health; teaching them early on and consistently will set your child up for a lifetime of daily oral hygiene!
4. Bring Your Child to North River Dental Care
Bring your child to come see us soon after their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday. Even though your child will not have all of their baby teeth at this time, it’s important for us to take a look at the way your child’s mouth and teeth are developing. It’s also a great opportunity for you to ask us any questions and to help your child become comfortable with regularly visiting the dentist.
Ask Our Team for Additional Recommendations!
If you have any other questions about how to care for your child’s oral health, contact us to schedule an appointment with our expert team.