As an adult, you already know just how important it is to care for your teeth. Children, on the other hand, do not. As a parent, it’s up to you to ensure your child learns the proper way to care for his or her teeth so they foster habits that will keep that smile beautiful for years to come. This is no small task. To help, here are four great dental tips for parents on how to ensure your child never has any surprises at the dentist.
Many parents don’t realize that dental care should begin right away. In fact, it’s good practice to wipe your baby’s mouth with a moist washcloth to keep gums healthy and ready for when teeth come in. Dental cleanings should begin as soon as any teeth appear.
Visit the Dentist Regularly
You should schedule your child’s first dental appointment as soon as you see teeth coming in. While the first visit should go pretty smoothly, it’s important to show your child that the dentist’s office is a positive place. Try to make the outing fun. After the first visit it finished, make sure you schedule regular dental cleanings
Use Toothpaste with Fluoride
Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel, so it’s important for your child to use toothpaste which includes this mineral. Once your child is older, it’s not a bad idea to let him or her choose their toothpaste themselves; just verify that it has fluoride in it before purchasing.
Lead by Example
Telling your child that dental care is important doesn’t do much if you don’t demonstrate the right habits yourself. Children often do as they see, not as they are told. By taking your own dental care seriously, it will help your child do the same.
Need Dental Care for Your Child?
Should your child see a dentist? Don’t wait; make an appointment at Soos Creek Dental for your child today. We offer a variety of dental care services. As a family-centered practice, we know just how to education and motivate your child about proper dental care. For more information about our company, please take some time to visit our website. You can also call us at (253)214-3750 with questions or to request an appointment.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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