Good Dental Hygiene Habits Should Start as a Child

Being healthy is important to everyone. However, did you know that good overall health and wellness begins with good oral health? This being true, it is important that we exercise good oral health hygiene. It is also important that we teach our children good oral health hygiene so that they can have a healthy mouth and smile.

Pediatric DentistryIf your child does not develop good oral hygiene habits, they are at a higher risk of developing cavities and gum disease. Unfortunately, as we age, tooth decay and gum disease can increase our risk of suffering from diseases like diabetes, heart and kidney problems, and many others.

Healthy dental habits should begin as soon as your child’s tooth starts showing through the surface of the gum line. After the tooth is visible, it should be brushed twice per day like you brush your own teeth. As your child continues to develop more teeth, as soon as two teeth are in contact with one another, you should begin flossing their teeth along with the brushing you have been doing. Additionally, you should start scheduling dentist appointments for your child roughly 6 months after their first tooth has arrived.  

Unfortunately, getting your child to brush is an extremely difficult task. Whether it be that your child doesn’t want to brush twice per day, or only spends 15 seconds brushing and then is done, children rarely brush as they should. Dr. Florian addressed this problem by offering some helpful hints to get your child to brush properly. That article can be found, here. If you are looking for a good dentist to bring your child/children to, Dr. Florian is always welcoming new patients, and is looking forward to getting your child on track to a lifetime full of healthy smiles. Contact us today at our office in North Royalton, OH to schedule an appointment.