Children are far more likely to follow a dental care routine if you make it more enjoyable for them. Try the following tips on how to care for your child’s teeth and make dental hygiene fun for them:
- Let them choose their own toothbrush
- Let them help you pick out a flavor and type of toothpaste
- Read books or watch videos about caring for your teeth or going to the dentist
- Use a timer or play a song to make sure your child brushes their teeth for two minutes
Fluoride and Your Child’s Teeth
Fluoride is known to reduce cavities and strengthen teeth by hardening tooth enamel, making it an important part of your child’s dental health. Most children get fluoride in their drinking water since most cities are required to add fluoride to their tap water. But if your tap water doesn’t contain fluoride, you may want to consider giving your child an oral fluoride supplement.
At Bell Dental Group, we often give children a fluoride treatment on their teeth during their regular checkups. If you are concerned about fluoride or have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Brushing & Flossing Your Child’s Teeth
As soon as your child’s first tooth comes in, you should start a proper dental hygiene routine. Use just a small dab of toothpaste on a soft, child-size toothbrush. Make sure both the toothbrush and toothpaste are specially designed for young children. As your child grows, encourage them to brush every surface of their teeth, making sure to brush for two minutes.
As soon as your little one has two teeth together, gently floss between them. For young children, it may be easier to use a floss pick instead of dental floss. Just be sure to pay special attention to the area between their teeth and near their gums.
Dentist Appointments for Kids
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends children see a dentist by their first birthday. Taking your child to the dentist every six months beginning at an early age gives the dentist a chance to catch any problems before they become a bigger issue. It also will help your child be more comfortable with going to the dentist. It’s important to maintain these checkups to ensure your child’s teeth are well taken care of.
However, you should call our office right away if:
- Your child has tooth pain or an infection of their tooth or in their mouth
- Your child loses a permanent tooth
We’re Here for All Your Dental Care Needs
At Bell Dental Group, our team of dentists and staff are here to help. Caring for your child’s teeth is an important part of maintaining their overall health and we want to help any way we can.
Call us at 513-802-9440 today with any questions or concerns about your child’s teeth. If your little one is due for an appointment, call to schedule their next checkup and cleaning. We look forward to hearing from you.