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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.

The day your child is born, you have the privilege of becoming a parent. While enjoyable, being a parent presents many challenges and teaching opportunities for you: Changing diapers, teaching your kids to tie their shoes, and teaching them the ABCs, just to name a few. One day, you will even teach your kids how to drive and be independent. While all these are important, make sure you don’t forget to teach your children good oral health habits. As a dentist that treats many children, Dr. Florian knows how important proper brushing habits are for the longterm dental and overall health of your children. Some other tips  can be found here

One of the hardest parts of teaching good oral health habits to your children, is getting them to brush twice per day. Because of this, Dr. Florian wants to pass along some valuable information that may make this task a little bit easier. Below, Dr. Florian outlines 5 tips to get your children to brush more often, and for longer periods of time:

1) Let your child choose their toothpaste.

Think about it: children rarely have the opportunity to make a decision for themselves. Chances are, your child will relish in this opportunity and take ownership of it. Due to this, they will be more likely to want to use the product they chose. You should watch your child brush their teeth to make sure that they are using the correct amount of toothpaste (they do not need to use as much as adults).

2) Allow your children to brush with their blanket or stuffed animals.

Naturally, children form a special bond with their blanket or stuffed animals. These objects offer a sense of comfort and security for your children. Your children take these things with them in the car, to grandma and grandpa’s house, and sleep with them almost every night. Letting your children bring them along to brush will help them be more comfortable, and will also spark their imagination and make brushing a little less boring.  

3) Designate a catchy tune for brushing time.

Does your child have a song that they love? If you designate this song for brushing time, your child will look forward to brushing their teeth. Additionally, they will brush their teeth for a longer period of time so they can listen to the song longer. This is effective in getting them to brush more often and for longer periods of time.

4) Create a schedule.

If you set up a schedule for your child to follow, brushing can become a part of their routine. A habit takes roughly 3 weeks to form. If your child sticks to their routine for 3 weeks, it will become a habit for them to brush twice per day.   

5) Try an electric toothbrush.

Often, brushing can be boring for children. Allowing them to use an electric toothbrush will make the experience a little more fun, as the electric toothbrush will fascinate them. Additionally, an electric toothbrush will help to make up for poor brushing technique. 

Please note that you should always supervise your children when brushing. After they are done, we recommend brushing the spots your children may have missed like their tongue, back molars, and top of their mouth. 

Dr. Florian wants your children to have exceptional dental health. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. If you live in the North Royalton, Ohio area, and your child needs to start seeing a dentist, or you are looking for a good dentist for your child to see, feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Florian. We are always accepting new patients.