A Guide from Cedar Park Family Dentist
Leading by example is one of the most effective ways to teach healthy habits and encourage children to take care of their teeth. This month Cedar Park Family Dentists and the American Dental Association celebrate Oral Health Month with the theme of “Share More Time, Share More Smiles.” Children model many of the things we do. Brushing for two minutes, twice a day with fluoride toothpaste helps to keep smiles healthy and avoid cavities.
Starting early by Taking Good Care of Baby Teeth
Also known as deciduous or primary teeth, baby teeth are vital to your child’s overall health and development. There are several reasons why encouraging your child to take care of his or her teeth is essential. Healthy primary teeth can:
- Hold space in the jaw that is necessary for proper development of permanent teeth
- Aid in speech development
- Build your child’s self-confidence by providing a beautiful smile
- Encourage good nutrition through proper chewing
- Allow your child to avoid the distress of dental pain
Make Brushing Fun
One of the most effective ways to encourage good oral health is to make brushing into a game. Give your child a toothbrush to play with and allow him or her to brush one of his stuffed animal’s teeth while you brush his. Let your child brush your teeth, or cheer when each tooth is brushed. Brush together. Watching mom or dad brush and floss will encourage your child to take care of his own teeth. You can find more ways to make brushing fun here.
If your child is resistant, offer something to provide motivation. It doesn’t have to be extravagant—a sticker after brushing can be a big deal to a little kid.
Visit Cedar Park Family Dentist Regularly
Take your child to Cedar Park family dentist for routine checkups and cleanings, x-rays, and treatment such as sealant. Letting your child get comfortable with sitting in a dentist’s chair at an early age can carry through to adulthood and teach him the importance of receiving proper dental care.
Encouraging a consistent dental routine doesn’t have to be a chore. Cedar Park Family Dentist Dr. Sura and the team at Reveal Dental offer friendly service and gentle dental treatments that will make you and your children feel right at home. Contact Reveal Dental at (512) 337-2316 for more information or to schedule an appointment today.