Regular dental visits are important year-round, but seeing your kids’ dentist before they go back to school can help to fight one of the most common problems found in children—cavities. Here are a few tips on excellent oral hygiene for kids of all ages that can help make visits to the dentist a breeze.
August is one of the busiest months of the year for dentists in Cedar Park, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead. Make your child’s back-to-school dental appointment at the end of the previous school year. That way you can avoid the rush that so many dentists see right before school starts.
Establish a Regular Dental Hygiene Routine at Home
There are age-appropriate dental habits you can encourage that can give your kids a lifetime of good oral hygiene. Parents can help kids have a cavity-free checkup by encouraging them to floss once a day and brush twice a day for two minutes. Here are few tips based on how old are your kids:
Ages 6 and Under
At this age, young children may not understand that their mouths and teeth are growing and changing rapidly. They often neglect to brush new molars because they don’t realize that more thorough brushing is needed. If possible, be present when your child is brushing her teeth and give her a hand if needed.
By now, your child knows how to brush his teeth, but may not want to. It’s common for children to resist brushing and flossing at these ages. Keep encouraging healthy oral hygiene habits, and push the issue if you have to. Your kids may not like it, but proper oral hygiene is so vital for preventing cavities it’s worth the effort.
This is a critical time for kids’ dental health. Cavities can increase in teenagers and young adults. Many teens go for years without a cavity, so they haven’t really seen the consequences of not taking care of their teeth. Teaching them about self-care and accountability can help to keep them on track.
To schedule an appointment with our kids’ dentist, contact Reveal Dental in Cedar Park today!