Our practice understands how much you want to care for your child’s overall health. This also includes their teeth! Bad eating habits and poor oral hygiene can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and even overall health conditions. In between visits, at-home care is vital to reducing tooth decay.
We recommend the following tips to help keep you and your families’ smiles healthy for years to come!
Here are 7 Tips for a Healthy Mouth:
1. Brush twice a day.
Teach your child early to brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes. Brush the teeth’s exterior, interior, and chewing surfaces. Tilt the brush vertically and make numerous up-and-down strokes to clean the inside surfaces of their front teeth. Ensure they are also brushing their tongue – this can eliminate bacteria and keep their breath fresh.
2. Replace your toothbrush at least every three months.
You should replace your child’s toothbrush every three months to prevent the spread of bacteria.
3. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush that feels comfortable in your mouth.
Select a toothbrush with soft bristles that is an appropriate size for your child’s smile; brushing too hard might wear down the enamel on your teeth or induce gum recession!
4. Spit, Don’t Rinse
After brushing, spit out any excess toothpaste left in the mouth but do not rinse with water. Any residual toothpaste on the teeth will help strengthen the enamel to prevent dental decay.
5. Eat a balanced diet to promote good oral health
Reduce your child’s intake of sugary foods and beverages since they can cause tooth decay — especially if your child enjoys snacking!
6. Floss regularly.
Flossing helps prevent cavities and gum disease by removing plaque between teeth. Creating nightly dental routines at an early age can help create healthy habits as your child gets older!
7. Get regular cleanings from a dentist
Routine dental visits can allow our team to keep an accurate benchmark on your child’s overall oral health.
Your child’s oral health is crucial for an overall healthy life. To learn more about the best way to care for your child’s oral health, contact Alameda Pediatric Dentistry today to book an appointment. Our team can offer guidance and make recommendations for your child’s unique smile.