How would you rate your child’s dental health? Is it difficult to get them to brush and floss? A struggle to limit sugary snacks and pop? A chore to schedule twice-yearly dentist visits?
Here are a few ways you can help keep your child’s mouth healthy. Start brushing when they get their first tooth. Avoid “baby bottle syndrome” — no juice or milk in their bedtime bottle. Make your child’s first dentist appointment by age two. Toddlers should start brushing for two minutes morning and night — with a parent taking a turn afterward (make it fun with tooth-brushing songs available online) — and flossing once per day. As always, eating well-balanced meals and healthy snacks, while limiting sugar and pop, is best.
By taking time to develop good dental habits at an early age you can help your children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.