Forming good dental hygiene habits is the best way to protect your child’s teeth and save them from cavities in the future. Even though baby teeth are not permanent, healthy habits can be. It is important to thoroughly brush your child’s teeth at least twice a day.
Use a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and be sure to rinse their mouth thoroughly after brushing. It is recommended to change out their toothbrush every three months, or after a period of sickness to prevent bacterial growth.
Once your child’s baby teeth are touching each other, it is essential to begin daily flossing. Flossing removes plaque buildup between teeth that brushing alone may not reach.
On a monthly basis, you should check your child’s teeth and gums for any discoloration or significant changes. White spots at the gumline can be an early sign of tooth decay and should be looked at by a dental professional.
To help foster proper oral health habits, model proper techniques with your child. Letting them watch you brush and floss daily is the best way to set a good example and form lifelong, healthy habits.
At Children’s Campus of Greenville, we understand how important it is to form healthy dental habits at a young age. The foundation for healthy teeth and gums starts in the first two years of your child life, so it is essential to start as early as possible. To learn more about developing healthy habits with your child, contact us at Children’s Campus of Greenville. We are enrolling in our toddler program and would love to hear from you! Please call us at (252) 756-8200 or fill out the form below to schedule a tour.