Your child’s dental health is important for a number of different reasons. In the short term, your child’s oral health affects their day-to-day life. Preventing cavities keeps your child’s smile looking and feeling great. The habits your child builds now will also impact their dental health later in life. Getting in the routine of brushing and flossing makes your child more likely to follow through with these cleaning steps as they get older. You can take steps as a parent to help your child build these habits now, and prepare them for the future. Here’s a handy parents’ guide to children’s dentistry.
Explain the Importance of Strong Dental Hygiene
Your child can build habits during their youth that stick with them throughout their lifetime. One of those habits should be strong oral hygiene. That means brushing and flossing regularly. To help your child stick to that routine, you should explain the importance of dental hygiene. If your child understands why they should clean their teeth, they’ll be more likely to follow through and do a thorough job.
Make Sure Everyone Sticks to Their Care Routine
Teaching a young child about the value of oral health care can have benefits for everyone in the house. This is the perfect opportunity to make sure everyone is sticking to their care routine. That includes parents. If you or your partner don’t always brush twice a day or floss daily, this is the time to start. When everyone in the house sticks to an oral health care routine, it emphasizes the importance to younger members of the household, and it encourages you to keep your teeth clean.
Ask Your Children’s Dentist About Preventive Care
In addition to emphasizing home care, you should also make visits to the dentist together. Your child should see the dentist once every six months for a checkup and cleaning. If you struggle to make your own dental appointments, consider scheduling yourself around your child’s appointments. During these visits, you can ask your child’s dentist about additional preventive care to keep your little one’s teeth healthy. Dental sealants can protect back teeth that are more susceptible to cavities. Fluoride rinse can remineralize dental enamel to fortify teeth after they sustain bacterial buildup.
Make Your Child’s Dental Appointment at Lake Orion Family Dentistry
At Lake Orion Family Dentistry, Dr. Brad Greenfield works to improve patients’ wellbeing, as well as their oral health, and he is proud to offer holistic, 100% metal-free dentistry. To learn more, or to schedule a dental appointment, call our office in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213. We proudly welcome patients and families from around Lake Orion, MI, as well as Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Oxford, all surrounding communities. Our office also has charging stations for electrical car parking!