How to Keep Your Kids Teeth Healthy

Mom and Dad brushing teeth with kids for a healthy smile, with text - Estudillo, CAHealthy teeth is the goal of all parents for their children. By cleaning your children’s teeth as soon as their baby teeth appear you will help them to continue caring for their adult teeth as they grow older. Follow some suggestions to help your child look after their dental health.

Tips For Healthy Kids Teeth

Help your child get into a good oral hygiene routine by following the suggestions below.

Set the example

Children love imitating their parents. So if you brush your teeth and floss at the same time as your child they will likely do the same.

Start brushing your kid’s teeth when they are young

Helping your little one get into a healthy habit can last a lifetime. Get them to brush twice a day every day. When their first tooth appears as a baby, use a cloth or small brush to clean it.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends you start using fluoride toothpaste at 18 months, starting with an amount, about the size of a grain of rice. When they have learned to spit out the toothpaste you can increase it until you reach the size of a pea. Children can begin learning how to brush their baby teeth on their own from 3 years of age. Flossing and mouthwash should be introduced as their teeth start to grow together.

Take your child to the dentist

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visits to the dentist from 1 year of age or within 6 months of their first baby tooth appearing (whichever comes first). You should then take your child to the dentist every 6 months after that.

Open communication

Prepare your child by relating what will happen at the visit to the dentist. Always be positive to calm any fears. 

Reduce their sugar

High levels of sugar is the usual cause of tooth decay. Help your child understand that eating too many sweets and drinking sugary drinks can damage their teeth. It may help them to listen to you.

Brush sufficiently

Kids should brush their teeth for at least 2 minutes. You can get used to the time necessary to clean their teeth by using tartar dyes or a timer. You may also find a fun app for kids too.

Consider sealants

Sealants may be an option for your children. Sealants can help prevent cavities and tooth decay reducing the need for fillings.

Don’t share toothbrushes

Sharing toothbrushes spread germs, so keep them separate, clearly identifying them. Rinsing their toothbrush thoroughly with tap water after use will also lower the number of bacteria. 

When Kids Have Dental Complications

Sometimes children have problems when their adult teeth are growing. The canines or the wisdom teeth sometimes don’t emerge as they should. An oral surgeon can help resolve these issues. The oral surgeons at Estudillo Oral Surgery can help remove wisdom teeth that are causing problems. They are located in San Leandro, CA, and serve those that live in and around the East Bay. Book now to make an appointment.

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