Help Your Children Brush Their Way to a Longer Life
You may have heard that the gap between the lifespan of men and women has decreased due to a 4.6-year increase in life expectancy for men. What does this have to do with your child’s teeth? One of the primary reasons cited for this rapid increase in life expectancy is oral health.
Researchers discovered that a 70-year-old with 20 or more of his original 32 teeth is likely to live far longer than someone who has fewer than 20 teeth by that age. So good brushing and flossing habits can lead to a longer healthier life, and there is no better time than now to help your children begin good, lifelong oral care habits.
How Often to Brush and Floss for a Child
Children of all ages should be brushing at least twice per day (but preferably after every meal), and flossing at least once per day. How can you help your child to get into these good habits?
- Start Young – As soon as your child has a tooth, introduce a small, soft-bristled toothbrush. You can just use water until your child is old enough to understand the need to spit out toothpaste. As soon as your child has two teeth next to each other, you can start flossing between them. As soon as your child is old enough to get the mechanics down, you can switch over to letting your child brush and floss for his or herself.
- Set the Example – If you have been a regular reader of our blog, you probably have noticed how often we go back to the idea that parental example is vital for instilling good habits in a child. When your child sees you brushing and flossing, it encourages a habit that will continue into adulthood.
How a Pediatric Dentist Can Help
At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, we’re all about teaching kids the importance of prevention rather than restoration. We know the benefits that good oral care habits can have throughout a person’s life, and we want your little ones to get the right start on the road to a long and healthy life. Call 619-741-1500 today to schedule an appointment.