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Educating Kids on Proper Dental Care Habits

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According to the American Dental Association, you should begin teaching your child about healthy dental care habits before their first tooth emerges and begin taking them to an affordable dentist as early as age one. Diligence to proper dental care is not a skill that happens by accident. Children need to be carefully taught and supervised throughout the early years of life to ensure lifelong healthy teeth and gums. The baby teeth may be temporary, but the surrounding oral tissue has to last a lifetime. Failure to properly care for your child’s oral health in the early years can result in adverse health conditions and lead to issues with growth and development. To ensure that your child’s teeth stay healthy, visit your family dentistry practitioner twice a year and use these tips for teaching proper dental care to kids.

Tooth decay and damage to the gums and supporting bones of the mouth can result in many growth and development issues in children. Speech patterns may be affected, secondary teeth may emerge crooked or damaged, and the risk of chronic disease increases.

Prevention of oral disease and damage is as simple as instilling the following dental care habits:

Start early. You can start teaching your child about proper dental care before their first tooth emerges. Begin by getting your child familiar with the sensations of dental care by wiping their gums with a soft cloth or cause after feedings. When your child’s first tooth emerges, you can begin integrating the toothbrush into the routine.

Visit an affordable dentist twice a year. Bi-annual visits to a family dentistry expert are the standard recommendation for most individuals. You can begin taking your child to the dentist as soon as their first tooth emerges.  This will help ease dental fears and anxieties that often come with age and give you added support for your child’s dental care. Plus, research shows that preventive visits make dental care more affordable—people generally save 40 percent over those who skip routine screenings due to early detection.

Brush twice daily for two minutes. Teach your child to brush twice a day for at least two minutes. While your child brushes, play music or hum a tune that lasts two minutes to encourage them to brush the necessary length of time for optimal care.

Floss once daily. As soon as your child has two teeth that emerge next to one another, begin teaching them about flossing. You can use floss picks or sticks to help make the process easier. This stage of teaching is to make the practice a lifelong habit.

Rinse with mouthwash. Mouthwash is important to swishing away debris and bacteria that the toothbrush can’t reach or that may have been loosened during flossing. Talk to your family dentistry practitioner about formulations designed especially for kids. Fluoride mouthwashes may be too strong and can cause discolorations, so be careful when making your selections.

Make it fun. As you teach your child about proper dental care, make it fun. Tell stories, play games and sing songs that promote the message of routine dental care. Your child will come to value their smile and the care it takes to maintain it.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Baltimore, call Dental One Associates of Cross Keys today at (443) 863-6394 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Baltimore. With 11 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Cross Keys, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Cross Keys.

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