Good dental care starts at a young age. The ADA (American Dental Association) recommends that children start visiting the pediatric dentist as early as before their first birthday and return every six months for a dental cleaning, but many parents don’t truly understand the importance of their children’s dental health. Here are a few things to know about dental care for kids that can help you keep your children’s teeth healthy and strong.
Dental Care Tips
It’s important to be vigilant about your kids’ dental hygiene while they’re young. Even after they’ve learned to brush and floss for themselves, you should try to check on their technique to make sure they’re reaching every area of the mouth.
Try to make oral hygiene fun by turning it into a game for your kids. If they’re eager to brush their teeth every night, they’re less likely to forget to do it. You might also want to invest in a color-changing toothpaste that helps identify where plaque is in the mouth, so your kids know where to brush.
Dental Checkups and Cleanings
Going to the dentist is vital while your children’s teeth are still growing and developing. Regular checkups can help make sure the teeth are coming in properly and that your child does not have any underlying oral health issues, such as periodontal disease. Aim for a dental check up every six months to keep your kids’ teeth healthy.
Your kids might be a little afraid of the dentist, which is normal. Try to use positive language when talking to your children about going to the dentist, both for their appointments and yours, as well. If kids learn early on that the dentist is a normal and necessary place to be, they’ll be much less likely to be afraid.
At Toothworks Calgary, we know kids’ dentistry. Our friendly staff knows exactly how to make your child’s dental experience friendly and fun. To make an appointment for your child, give our office a call at 587-351-7735 today!