Good oral hygiene starts in early childhood. When you teach your child proper brushing and flossing, these positive health habits can last a lifetime. When coupled with regular visits to the dentist, brushing and flossing can help prevent decay and can also show your child that taking care of his or her teeth is very important.
While it's true that your child's baby teeth will fall out, they play an integral role in the development of your child's permanent adult teeth. They act as placeholders that guide the adult teeth as they come in, so it's extremely important to take great care of baby teeth just as you would adult teeth. You should help your child brush and floss up until the age of six or seven. The best way to teach your kids how to brush and floss is to show them and practice together!
When your child is able to brush and floss by herself, you'll want to ensure that she brushes at least twice a day and flosses at least once a day (twice is even better!). We recommend brushing for two minutes in the morning and before bed. Throughout the day, try to limit your child's snacking. Instead, pack your child a nutritious lunch and eat a balanced dinner. By limiting frequent snacks, you can reduce your child's risk of tooth decay.
Is your child due for a cleaning? Our hygienists always review proper home care with kids at their dental visits! Call us today at 207-645-4994 or fill out our contact form to make an appointment.