It can be a challenge for parents to get their children to form healthy habits. Teaching them to maintain excellent dental hygiene can also be tough. But it’s essential that moms and dads instill in their kids early on that good oral hygiene is important now and will be for the rest of their lives.
By emphasizing the importance of preventive dental care, we at the office of Ridgewood Valley Pediatric Dentistry are dedicated to helping every patient enjoy the benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile. We provide a comprehensive program of preventive care designed to protect your child’s teeth and reduce the risk of dental disease.
Parents have the most influence in their kids’ lives. There are some easy ways to instill good dental habits into your kids. Take a look at some of these.
Take your child for her first dental checkup when her first tooth erupts or on her first birthday. The appointment will give her an early introduction to dentist visits and show her they should be routine.
Explain to her—and periodically reiterate—in language she’ll understand all the benefits of diligent self-care. Tell her that: excellent oral health will help her consume food that will help her body grow strong; assist her in enunciating words; retain physical space for her adult teeth and growing jaw; and lend a positive look to her appearance.
When your child demonstrates good motor control and is ready to start effectively brushing her (or his) teeth (typically between the ages of 6 and 9) have her use fluoridated toothpaste whose flavors are geared toward children and endorsed by the American Dental Association.
The best toothbrush for your child is one she’ll actually use. However, softer bristles help preserve gums, and they can reach into teeth’s many nooks and crannies. Many kids don’t like the vibrations of an electric toothbrush, so don’t buy one if you doubt she’ll take to it.
When you’re looking for a pediatric dental practice that’s dedicated to providing your child with the topmost standard of personalized care, look no further than the office of Ridgewood Valley Pediatric Dentistry. We offer an extensive menu of high-quality dental services. Our skilled team has your child’s needs in mind. For more information about our expertise, please contact us today.