It’s no secret that kids need some sort of routine to help establish a healthy lifestyle and boundaries. We encourage you to make part of that routine good dental care. The younger kids start this routine, the more likely they are to carry it on as they get older. Most dentists would recommend to start implementing a dental routine for kids starting at the age of three.
Here are some steps that this routine should include:
- Use a pea sized amount of toothpaste, preferably one with fluoride, when brushing and make sure your child spits the toothpaste out afterwards.
- Here is a list of ADA (American Dental Association) approved toothpastes with fluoride & other dental supplies
- Make sure they are brushing their teeth for at least two minutes twice a day.
- You can make this a fun and enjoyable experience by playing their favorite song for two minutes until they are done brushing.
- It is recommended that your child starts flossing, once their teeth start to touch. However, you can start this even earlier to help establish a good routine.
- Make sure your child is visiting the dentist at least every six months.
Once your child has their permanent teeth, it is even more important to help establish these good habits.
As your kids begin to become preteens, they might start to care more and more about their appearance. It is good to remind them that a good dental routine can help improve their smile, and help their confidence overall. It might also be a good idea to encourage your children who play sports to wear a mouth guard, to help protect their teeth.
How do you help your kids establish these important routines?