Proper pediatric dental care can make a big difference for a patient’s smile well into adulthood. That is why our Glendale dentists recommend that parents and caregivers help their children understand the importance of proper oral hygiene from a young age.
There are certain things that you can do every day to help your child maintain a healthy smile:
· Make it a priority to really make time for at-home oral hygiene care every morning and night. We know that life gets busy, and that it can especially be tough to get out the door in the morning, but it is crucial that your child is thoroughly brushing and flossing as recommended by a dentist. Make oral health care a predictable party of your daily routine.
· Another thing that you can do is to help your child perfect his or her brushing technique! You want to apply gentle pressure to the enamel and move the brush in a circular motion over your teeth. You can move your toothbrush back and forth over the crevices of your molars. Make sure that you are brushing for at least two minutes every time you brush.
· You should also encourage your child to drink plenty of water throughout the day and to rinse his or her mouth with water after eating or drinking. Water allows our bodies to produce saliva, a natural substance which helps to re-mineralize enamel. And anytime that you can replace a sugary drink like sweet juices or soft drinks with water, you’re helping your smile!
As always, you can reach out to our Glendale dentists by phone or through our website for more information and to schedule a dental consultation for you or your child. Take this opportunity to help your child build a healthy oral health foundation that will last a lifetime!