Getting kids to brush and floss on a regular basis isn’t the easiest part of being a parent. Kids seem to have a built-in aversion to doing things that are healthy for them, and getting them established in a good oral health regimen early on in life can be challenging. However, the headache is definitely worth it.
It’s recommended by pediatric dentists across the country to begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as their first tooth appears. In addition, once that first tooth is present, it’s time to schedule a visit with your pediatric dentist. This should happen no later than your child’s first birthday.
A visit to the dentist will help impress upon your kids from a young age how important it is to take care of their teeth. This will establish the oral health habits they’ll carry with them for the rest of their lives.
The time to start teaching your children to floss is as soon as they have two teeth which are touching. It’s important to remind your kids to floss at least once a day, in addition to making sure they brush twice daily. These few simple steps taken when your child is very young will help ensure a lifetime of great oral health.
We can help you get your children started on the path to a healthy oral lifestyle. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 757-541-2168.