Tips for Kids’ Oral Health

children’s dental care Happy National Children’s Dental Health Month! To celebrate, we’re offering our top tips for children’s dental care, so you can protect your little one’s beautiful smile as they grow. When it comes to family dentistry, taking care of a smile at every stage matters. In this post, you’ll find suggestions for helping your child build lifelong habits to support a beautiful smile.

Brushing Basics

Getting your kids into a daily routine of brushing and flossing is key to protecting their smiles. Brushing twice a day for two minutes removes plaque, which can cause tooth decay and gum disease if left unchecked. Be sure kids use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, regardless of age. The most minor smear of toothpaste for ages 3 and under is sufficient. Dispense a pea-sized amount for ages 3 to 6. Encourage kids to brush all surfaces of their teeth in a gentle circular motion before rinsing thoroughly with water. Setting a two-minute timer makes it fun for kids to see how long they can brush.

Flossing Fundamentals

Flossing at least once daily removes debris between teeth and along the gum line that brushing misses. Guide your children as they floss to ensure proper technique. Glide the floss gently between each tooth, curving it into a C-shape against the side of the tooth. Kids likely need help flossing correctly until age 10, when their dexterity improves.

Nutrition No-Nos

You’ve probably heard it before, but limiting sugary snacks and acidic drinks protects tooth enamel. Opt for fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, cheese and milk instead. Not only is water the best thirst quencher, but it also rinses away leftover food particles. Since daily chewable vitamins contain calcium and other minerals vital for oral health, consider those made specifically for kids.

Dental Checkups

The American Dental Association recommends a dental cleaning and checkup every six months, starting around your child’s first tooth or first birthday. Early visits make kids comfortable with the experience, so future appointments aren’t scary. The dentist can catch issues before they become significant problems and apply protective treatments like sealants and fluoride.

For tips specific to your child’s needs or more information about pediatric dentistry, please contact Gentle Dental Care at 732-549-5660. Their knowledgeable dentists provide caring treatment to children of all ages in Edison, NJ. This National Children’s Dental Health Month, give your kid’s teeth the TLC they deserve!

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