When it comes to teaching kids proper oral hygiene, you shouldn’t wait for their permanent teeth to erupt. How can you develop a routine that will teach your little ones proper oral hygiene? Aside from getting them accustomed to regular visits with your pediatric dentistry professional at Millennium Dental in our Stockton, CA, or Tracy, CA, location, below are easy tips to help teach your children proper oral care habits.
Teach Them Early
When your children turn three, you should start teaching the proper way to clean their teeth using a soft-bristled brush and fluoridated toothpaste. Allow your kids to brush by themselves, just make sure that you gently brush them again afterward. This will help them imitate the right way to clean their teeth.
Here is a good way to teach your kids proper brushing:
- Hold the toothbrush or guide your kid’s hand to hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums.
- Clean all teeth surfaces with a gentle back-and-forth movement.
- The front teeth can be cleaned by holding the tip of the toothbrush upright.
- Remove more bacteria from the mouth by brushing the tongue surface.
If you start them early, your kids would have the ability to brush on their own by age six. Then you can begin teaching flossing.
When to Floss
Flossing can be taught when teeth start surfacing next to each other. Doing it at least once a day could help get rid of food and bacterial plaque that normally settles between teeth. Flossing can likewise keep bad breath and tooth decay at bay. How do you teach kids how to floss?
- Get some floss and hold it between your index finger and thumb.
- Wind on one finger for better control and gently insert the floss between the teeth.
- Allow the floss to form a C shape to follow the curve of each tooth.
- Gently slide along the gum line and side of the tooth.
- Make sure to use a new floss section for each tooth to prevent plaque and food reinsertion.
Creating The Habit
Teaching your kids proper oral hygiene is extremely important. To be successful, you need to bring out their enthusiasm for every oral hygiene activity. Because let’s face it, not every kid looks forward to brushing or flossing. To help make oral hygiene a habit that your kids can carry to adulthood, make it fun for them by allowing them to choose their toothbrush and toothpaste.
As long as they choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and toothpaste with fluoride, don’t think twice about the design of the toothbrush and color of the toothpaste. Just go with it. Lastly, you should bring your kids to your pediatric dentistry specialist in our Tracy, CA or Stockton, CA, office before they turn one year old and every six months after that for professional cleanings and exams. This way, they’ll be used to going to the dentist as early as possible.
For Concerns or Tips About Your Children’s Oral Health, Call Us
Arrange an appointment with one of our pediatric dentistry professionals here at Millennium Dental. Call (209) 952-3951 to reach our Stockton, CA, office or (209) 835-6487 to reach our Tracy, CA, office.