As your children grow into their smiles, it’s very important to help them properly take care of their teeth and gums. So, to help you help them, we have provided the following tips:
Now we know baby teeth don’t generally grow in for a while, but when they do, we recommend brushing them with children’s fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Check your baby’s teeth every so often and make sure there aren’t any spots or stains visible. If there are, it’s important that you take your child to the dental office as soon as possible.
Young children often think they can brush their teeth themselves but most do not have the manual dexterity required to thoroughly clean the mouth. So, it’s important that you help them brush and floss. You can let them clean their smiles themselves at first, but then you can follow up by finishing the job.
Make sure your middle-schooler brushes their teeth twice a day, flosses their smile once a day, and rinses their mouth with mouthwash daily. Also, you will have less influence on what your child eats throughout the day, so it’s best to pack plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as whole grain foods in their lunches. It also helps if you set an example for your child when it comes to eating healthier foods and taking care of your smile.
Sometimes teens can be difficult, especially when it comes to oral hygiene. However, they are very invested in their appearance, so you can encourage your teen to take care of their smile by reminding them that they do not want yellow, decayed teeth. This is also a good time to consider braces, so make sure you visit the dentist and discuss the need as soon as possible.
We care for your children’s smiles, and we are happy to help them grow into the strong and beautiful smiles they deserve! If you have any questions or if you would like to know more, we encourage you to call our office today at 360-423-5580 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are happy to help you in any way we can!