Preventative Dental Cleaning for your Kids
It is known that prevention and early detection can help avoid pain, trouble eating, difficulty speaking and school absences for children. Trips to the dentist and doctors office is often scary for kids, but it doesn’t have to be. With some easy tricks and tips we can make dental checkups easy, quick and fun for kids.
Start children’s dental checkups early! Bringing kids in at a young age gets them comfortable with being in a dental chair.
- Bring your children to your dental check-ups, it gets them acquainted with the dental office and staff. Letting the children see that their parents dental checkups are easy can help with any anxiety they may have about their own cleaning and check-up.
- Make sure to make your child’s appointment at appropriate times of day, where the child wont be too tired, and make sure they have had something light to eat before appointments as well.
- If your child gets upset during their visit, parents should stay calm, assess why the child is upset. Comfort and reassure them, and work as a team with your dentist to keep the visit going well.
- Parents can help keep kids check ups easy, and their teeth cavity free by encouraging kids to brush twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day.
Infants and Toddlers
Even before the teeth begin to come in, you should clean baby’s mouth at least once a day with a clean gauze pad or soft cloth. When your child’s teeth begin coming in, begin to use a small, soft toothbrush to brush their teeth.
- Ages 6 and Under
Kids might want to do all the brushing themselves at this age, but they dont have the fine motor skills needed to do a thorough job. Let them start and parents can finish up. Take into account that new teeth are forming and need attention that the kids may not be giving during their brushing.
- Ages 7-12
Kids should know by now how to take care of their teeth on their own, but may be slacking on doing so if parents don’t continue to encourage it. Keep encouraging healthy brushing and flossing habits, and even check your kids mouths to make sure they are doing a thorough job.
- Ages 12-18
The habits formed during teen years often carry over into their 20’s and adult life. They are no longer kids so we want to be respectful and supportive about their oral hygiene, while still encouraging good home care.
Good oral hygiene is important for kids oral and overall health. Making sure kids are brushing twice a day for two minutes, flossing daily and seeing their dentist for dental cleaning and check-ups are all essential for a healthy smile.