Many parents visit our office looking for tips and tricks they can use toward bettering their child’s dental health. At Hires Dental Care, we offer high-quality dental care to patients of all ages, including children. We are happy to help patients set their children up for a lifetime of good dental health. Here are some tips on how to care for your child’s dental health:
Healthy Diets, Healthy Smiles
Children often suffer from dental concerns caused by the foods that they eat. Foods like candies or potato chips can leave behind a lot of unwanted residue on your child’s smile. Additionally, beverages like highly acidic juices or sodas can wear away at your child’s enamel and leave them more at risk for cavities. Cavities are caused by sticky bacteria residues that are left behind on your child’s teeth surfaces. These bacteria slowly begin to eat away at your child’s dental structures and can cause damage if left untreated. To help your child avoid cavities, make sure they have access to a variety of healthy snacks. Snacks like fruit smoothies, carrot sticks, or cheese slices make excellent kid-friendly solutions.
Brushing & Flossing Regularly
Encouraging your child to brush and floss regularly goes a long way in ensuring their overall dental health. From the eruption of their first tooth onward, you should make sure that their teeth are properly cared for until they are able to do so themselves. Once your child is able to brush and floss by themselves, hold them accountable to doing so. Additionally, if you see them sneaking a snack that could potentially be tough on their teeth, encourage them to follow it up with a thorough tooth brushing and flossing session. Over time, this will help your child develop consistent oral hygiene routines that they can utilize as they grow older. They’ll remember how important it is to prioritize caring for their smiles daily, and hopefully, this will prevent them from the negative effects that come from poor oral hygiene habits in the future.
Regular Dental Checkups
Perhaps the best thing you can do for your child’s overall dental health is to schedule regular dental appointments. We recommend bringing your child in for their first dental appointment by the eruption of their first tooth or by their first birthday. This allows us to get to know your child and their dental needs. We will monitor the development of their smile and let you know if we foresee any future dental concerns. The earlier we are able to treat your child in the dental chair, the more likely it is that they will prioritize scheduling these appointments for themselves in the future. At the Hires Dental office, our friendly staff introduces your child to our dental tools and discusses the importance of good oral hygiene, helping them get excited about all the benefits of good dental health. If you or your child is in need of a dental appointment, feel free to schedule one with us online. We look forward to seeing you soon.