When you have kids, you want to make sure they always have access to great dental care. Sometimes, however, it's much easier said than done. It's difficult to get your children to brush every day, much less floss their teeth or even brush them correctly, and their young teeth may be more prone to getting cavities as a result. There are preventative measures you can utilize to help keep cavities and dental decay at bay with your kids; use this guide to assist you.
Start a brushing routine
Your kids, just like you, should be brushing as instructed by your dentist. You can start to keep their oral health care in great condition by starting a brushing routine for your kids at home. Set a timer so they have to brush for certain number of minutes, and pick out a fun toothbrush that they will enjoy using. You should always monitor brushing practices to ensure that your kids are thoroughly cleansing their mouths and not just going through the motions. You also want to make sure they aren't swallowing toothpaste, even if it's safe for general consumption.
The best way to prevent gum disease in your kids is to start them on a flossing routine as early as you can. If your child has teeth, they should be flossing, either by using a flossing tool, floss string, or a floss pick. Help your kids by holding the floss for them while gently flossing their teeth, and don't leave them alone with a floss or toothpick. Flossing should be done daily, and most dentists may say that any time of the day is best, not just when you are brushing your teeth.
Continue dentist appointments
Don't skip your kids' dental appointments, even if they always have healthy, strong, cavity-free teeth with each checkup. Even if your kids don't like going to the dentist, continue regular cleanings and checkups from an early age. The more you allow your dentist to be involved in the overall care of your kids' oral health, the better off their teeth will be as they go into adulthood and are left to care for their teeth on their own.
The more you care for the teeth of your children, the better off they will be. Your job as a parent is to ensure their overall health, which is done in part by keeping oral health in check. Your children's dentist will give you a checklist for other preventative dental care measures you can do at home.