Dental Hygiene for Children: Brushing and Flossing Tips
When it comes to children, instilling good dental hygiene habits as young as possible is vital. In fact, it is a good idea to brush your child’s teeth from the eruption of the first tiny tooth. When your child is old enough, it’s time to teach him or her to take care of those teeth without your assistance. Here are a few tips for helping your children to brush and floss the right way when they get old enough to do so on their own.
Tip #1: Use the Right Equipment
A soft bristle brush is perfect for a child’s teeth. Fluoride toothpaste is recommended as soon as your child is old enough to understand the need to spit it out. Most children can handle this by age 3. Don’t forget to include flossing as part of the routine. This isn’t something your child should wait to learn until permanent teeth grow in.
Tip #2: Teach Your Child Proper Brushing Technique
There are a few things you need to teach a child who is learning to brush on his or her own for the first time.
- Use small circles instead of brushing back and forth.
- Make sure your child knows to brush the front side back side and chewing surface of each tooth.
- Use a 45-degree angle when brushing at the gumline.
- Brush for 2 minutes and evenly spend the time on different parts of the mouth.
Tip #3: Teach Your Children Proper Flossing Technique
Sometimes it is easiest to get kids to floss using disposable flossers. Whether using traditional floss or individual flossers designed for children, the key is to encourage the proper up and down motion along both sides of each tooth.
The Role of the Pediatric Dentist in a Child’s Dental Hygiene Routine
Getting your child to a pediatric dentist as young as possible (age 1 at the latest) is important for keeping teeth healthy and implementing good preventative care. Your pediatric dentist can play a large role in helping your children to understand the importance of taking care of teeth at home on a daily basis as well as providing training in proper technique.
BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry focuses on prevention and can help your child to form good lifelong dental habits. Call 619-741-1500 to schedule an appointment today.