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How Do I Build Healthy Oral Habits for My Children?

As parents, there’s a desire to see your children grow strong and healthy. Same with their oral health. While they’re still young, you want to make sure that they get their healthy oral habits down pat. And doing so ensures their dental success in the future.

If you want your kids to have a healthy dental foundation, it’s best to start them young. Usually as early as their first tooth. Your children become susceptible to oral ailments once they get their teeth in, so it’s apt that you start sooner.

But what’s an excellent route to take when ensuring your baby’s dental health? First off, you’ll need to take note of the dental milestones you and your baby might face. Once you’ve pinpointed these special times, you can prepare for them beforehand.

But what are these times, and how can you build healthy oral habits around them? Never fear; we’ve got a cheat sheet for you:

What should I do once my baby starts teething?

  • At around 4-8 months, your baby will probably start teething, so you’ll have to be ready for it. Some babies are even born with pre-natal teeth.
  • Once their teeth do emerge, you might want to schedule an appointment with their pediatric dentist as soon as possible. During the first check-up, the pediatric dentist can check for any problems. They can also prescribe a routine you can do to keep your baby’s teeth healthy.
  • If your child has teething pain, there are a few quick remedies you can do. Letting them chew on certain toys can help ease the pain.

How do I clean my child’s teeth?

  • If your child is under 18 months, gentle and straightforward are the key words. Use water instead of toothpaste to clean their teeth. Use a soft cloth to wipe those tooth buds gently. To ease teething pains, you can also massage their gums during cleaning. Do this twice a day.
  • As they grow older, you can graduate to a soft-bristled brush with a small head. Make use of a little smidge of low-fluoride toothpaste to protect their teeth as they grow. Encourage them to spit out the paste right after brushing.
  • Once they’re three years old, they’re old enough to hold the brush for themselves. They can also make use of the family toothpaste without any adverse effects, so you don’t have to purchase a separate tube anymore.

How can my child’s first dental visit be a success?

  • If your child is a little older when they make their first dental visit, you can amp them up for it by taking the time to prepare them. If they have any questions, be sure to answer them. You can excite the experience further by play-acting it with them.
  • When scheduling a dental appointment, make sure it’s a date and time they’re comfortable with. A hungry stomach or drowsiness could ruin the experience for everyone, so choose your date wisely.
  • To get them more familiar with what happens, you can also bring them to your appointments. These “visits” might pique their curiosity and make them even more excited about their own.


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