Dental Hygiene for Children
We believe that it is of utmost importance that not only your child has good oral health but that you and they have dental hygiene education. You and your child will only truly be able to understand the importance of their oral health if you have knowledge of this. That is why we do our best to ensure you both understand what we do and why we do it.
Your Child’s Oral Health
Professional dental cleanings are vital for maintaining great oral health. However, it is just as important that your child continues good dental hygiene at home as well.
Dr. Ritchie recommends brushing at least twice per day and flossing daily. You should brush and floss your child’s teeth until they are old enough to do this unassisted, typically around age 8. This helps prevent tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other oral health issues.
If you are struggling to get your child to brush and floss their teeth regularly, here are some tips to make it more fun:
- Make it a family event and brush your teeth together
- Brush their teeth to their favorite song
- Start a brushing chart and reward your child with stars on good oral health days
- Let them pick out their favorite toothbrush and toothpaste
Aside from simple brushing and flossing, there are additional ways to help keep teeth strong and healthy. Toothpaste and mouth rinse with fluoride are available over-the-counter and should be used to help prevent cavities. Eating a balanced diet as well as limiting sugary snacks and drinks also strongly contributes to good oral health and oral health affects one’s overall health.
When you can, have your child drink a glass of water after meals, medications, and asthma treatments.
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Healthy dental hygiene habits can help keep your child’s teeth strong and beautiful. If you have any questions about your child’s current dental hygiene routine, please contact us.