Oral health care is an important part of your child’s overall health and wellbeing, so it’s important to start them early with a comprehensive oral care routine. Our team at Shaenfield Pediatric Dentistry has some tips to help you create an effective hygiene routine for your kids.
A Great Oral Care Routine
There are a few things that will make a huge difference in your child’s overall oral health in the long term. They are the basics! Children (and adults too) need to be brushing gently for two minutes each time, at least twice a day. Two minutes is actually longer than you might think so a timer or electric toothbrush with a timer can be helpful. Daily flossing is also important because toothbrushes often don’t clean out food particles between teeth or along the gum line. Talk to your dentist about the best products to use, and whether or not you should be incorporating a rinse.
Learn By Example
One of the best ways to establish a good oral care routine in your children is to lead by example. Brush your teeth with your child so that they can see what a great oral care routine looks like. Talk to them about the importance of eating healthy foods and limiting sugary treats. Show them how important it is to care for teeth that they want to keep for a lifetime.
Make it Fun
It’s always easier to get kids to do something when it’s fun! That might mean playing a song or video on your phone while they brush. Or you might allow them to choose some themed products like superhero toothbrushes or flavored toothpaste. There are plenty of kid-friendly products on the market. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance to know that it’s safe and effective and you’re good to go!
Children’s Dentistry in San Antonio, TX
Children with great oral care routines still need regular professional hygiene cleanings and exams for optimal oral health. For most kids this means visiting Shaenfield Pediatric Dentistry twice a year. When you visit our pediatric dentists, you’ll have access to a team that has extensive experience dealing with children’s unique dental health needs. During your child’s exam, we can teach techniques that will improve their at-home dental hygiene. If you’re looking for a new dentist, look no further than Shaenfield Pediatric Dentistry. Give us a call or click the contact link to arrange for your child’s next visit with us.