Last week we focused on dental hygiene and how our mouths/bodies change when we get older. This week, we will discuss how important it is for children to develop proper oral hygiene habits while they are younger. Parents, just because it is your kids’ mouths, doesn’t mean you aren’t responsible for this.
Cavities are one of the most common diseases amongst children, which is unfortunate since they are also extremely preventable. However, most parents do not start their child’s oral hygiene habits at a young enough age and do not do a good enough job ensuring that they develop great habits.
When does a child need to start practicing oral hygiene habits?
This is a little bit of a trick question because it is the parents who should start practicing oral hygiene for their children. As soon as your child has a tooth, it needs to be brushed. In addition to this, as soon as two or more teeth are touching, flossing should start as well. Finally, your child should start visiting the dentist by the time they are one year old.
A parent needs to do their child’s oral hygiene routine until the child is coordinated enough to brush and floss on their own. In addition to this, even when the child starts performing these tasks alone, the parent should always double check their work and go over any spots of concern.
Is your child not doing a good job of brushing twice per day for two minutes? If so, stay tuned for our blog next week where we will share some tips to get your child to brush better.
Are you concerned about your child’s dental hygiene?
If you are concerned about your child’s dental hygiene, schedule an appointment for them to see Dr. Hill at his office in Cincinnati. Dr. Hill wants your child’s first experience to the dentist to be a positive one!