Greensboro pediatric dentist provides oral care health tips for children
As a parent, you have a lot to do. Cooking dinner,
finding lost shoes, baseball games, birthday parties,
diaper changes, homework, doctor’s visits…
the list is never ending. Much of what parents teach their child begins with giving them a good example to observe. For example, demonstrating kindness to a stranger helps your child learn how to be a nice to a new friend at school, expressing your love for vegetables helps your child learn to eat her broccoli, and making time to exercise shows your child that overall health and wellness is important.
The same theory applies to dental care. By demonstrating good oral health care habits, your child is more likely to pick up these habits and carry them with her into adulthood. Dr. Steven L. Hatcher, and Dr. Sona J. Isharini, have been providing expert dental services to parents and children in the Greensboro, NC, area for many years. With a specialization in working with children, Dr. Sona understands that parents may be uncertain about when to start and how to best care for their child’s teeth. Here, Dr. Sona offers some tips for parents:
- Start early. It’s never too early to care for your child’s mouth. Even before the first tooth erupts, parents can clean the baby’s gums by wiping them with a soft cloth after feedings. Once the tooth does break through, brush it gently with an infant toothbrush.
- Teach your child well. Give you child the toothbrush and teach him how to reach the back teeth. However, until you’re really sure that he can properly clean the teeth be sure that you follow his brushing time with a solid cleaning of your own. Introduce your child to dental floss as soon as the teeth begin to touch as that is a common area for cavities to form.
- Make dental visits a habit. Visiting the dentist can be as common and ordinary as visiting the pediatrician. By starting early, your child will develop a relationship with the dentist at a young age and experience less apprehension about dental visits. Consider letting your child tag along for one of your visits so that she can see what happens during a dental visit.
- Eat well. Eating healthy is important for your overall wellness, but it’s also good for your teeth. Foods that have a high sugar content are common culprits for cavities and tooth decay. Swapping the lollipops and candy bars with fruits and vegetables can improve your child’s oral health.
For more tips about how to get your child started on a great path to oral health or to schedule an appointment call the office of Dr. Steven L. Hatcher and Dr. Sona J. Isharini today.
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