Professional dental cleanings are important for maintaining great oral health. However, it is vital that you help your child continue good dental hygiene at home as well.
Pediatric dentists, Dr. Condit and Dr. Vollmar recommend that you help your child brush their teeth at least twice per day using a soft toothbrush and floss daily. This helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends using fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth erupts. A smear or rice-sized amount for kids 3 and under and a pea-sized amount for children up to age 6 is recommended. Try to keep rinsing to a minimum following brushing to allow the fluoride to stay on the teeth. Young children do not have the ability to brush their own teeth effectively, so make sure an adult is supervising and assisting. After age 6, mouth rinses and other products with fluoride may be appropriate and will be discussed at your preventive visit.
Eating a balanced diet and limiting sugary or high-carbohydrate snacks can also contribute to good oral health. Sticky snacks that stay on the teeth, like gummies and candies, are best avoided or eaten only occasionally.
Encourage your child to drink plenty of water throughout the day when they are thirsty. Newest recommendations suggest that children under age 5 should drink mainly milk and water.
Healthy dental hygiene habits can help keep your child’s teeth strong and beautiful. If you have any questions about your family’s current dental hygiene routine, please contact Grand River Pediatric Dentistry.