Teaching Children Oral Hygiene

Pediatric Dentistry for Avon, Connecticut

Help Your Kids Keep Their Teeth Healthy and Strong

As soon as your child's first tooth starts to emerge it is time to begin the ongoing education that will help kids keep their teeth healthy and strong. It's never too early to educate children about the importance of oral hygiene and taking care of their teeth and the sooner you start the better chance your kids will remember the lessons learned.

A good idea is to visit a pediatric dentist when your child is between 12 to 18 months old. Primary molars usually begin around this time and it is important to get your child comfortable with visiting the dentist and having their teeth checked on early to prevent any irregularities or bacteria buildup. This is when your child is most susceptible to change, and as they move from infancy to being toddlers it is important to instill habits that will ensure healthy gums and strong teeth.

The early trips to the dentist are important, but so is the continuing education that takes place at home. Kids are curious by nature and a good tip is to show your child how mom and dad take care of their teeth. The more your children see you brushing, flossing and rinsing the more likely they will be to copy. Kids look up to their parents and by showing good oral hygiene habits you can encourage your son or daughter to do the same.

Diets play a major role in the development of healthy teeth. Kids that are allowed to indulge in sugary foods and drinks including candy and soda are more likely to develop tooth decay (cavities), and other problems that will require dental treatments, perhaps including surgery.

These services are not inexpensive and can be uncomfortable. Young children who have to undergo root canals and tooth extractions tend to develop a fear of the dentist since these treatments are not exactly easy to tolerate. The best way to avoid traumatic dental experiences is to reduce the amount of bacteria kids are exposed to. Supervising your child's diet and eating habits will help you make them understand how important it is to eat healthy and avoid sweets.

Always be available for your children should they have questions about their health, particularly their teeth. Ignoring an issue will not solve it and if your child wants to talk about pain they are experiencing or something they noticed with their gums and teeth, take the time to listen. Children need to understand that their teeth are very important and any discussion about their teeth should be treated seriously.

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