In our last blog we talked about how educating your kids about what a cavity is, why cavities are bad, and what foods and drinks are most likely to cause them, is a good idea. In today’s blog we will continue the discussion of how to help prevent cavities but the focus will now be on how to teach your kids to brush properly and how little choices like choosing a healthy snack instead of something sweet, for example, will help keep their teeth strong and healthy. If your child needs to see a dentist because of a problem or for a routine checkup, call us at La Petite Dentistry in Hudson. Our pediatric dental clinic is designed around making your children comfortable so a trip to the dentist is seen not as a scary ordeal, but an exciting adventure!
Learning How to Brush
Learning how to brush your teeth can be a difficult experience. It can take what seems like a long time to get good at it, and for a child it can be a bit of a weird undertaking. One of the best ways to teach a child how to brush is to start brushing their teeth for them to show them what the sensation is like and then allow them to finish the job.
Here are a few quick tips:
- Don’t let your child put the toothpaste on the brush. Children between the ages of 2 and 6 only need a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to effectively brush. Many times, a child will put too much toothpaste on the brush. This wouldn’t be a problem if they knew to spit out all of their toothpaste, but most kids swallow more of it than they should, which could lead to some problems with their teeth as they develop.
- Make a routine of it. Brushing at the same time in the morning and at night will help anchor brushing their teeth as an important part of your kid’s day. It also gives you a chance to spend some time with them at the top of the day and right before they go to bed. If you brush your teeth at the same time, you can show them how important it is by setting an example.
Point Your Kids Towards Healthy Snacks
The best way to make sure that your kids eat healthy foods that won’t cause damage to their teeth is by eating them yourself. Setting an example is always a good way to show them how important it is. Plus, it’s never a bad idea to eat more fruits and vegetables instead of candy!
Call us at La Petite Dentistry in Hudson today. We built our practice around helping your kids maintain good dental health.