Practice Good Oral Hygiene Early & Often

Your child’s dental health journey doesn’t just involve their pediatric dentist, it actually begins with you, the parent! It is so important that you take the lead by not only bringing your child to visit us by the first birthday, but also by taking the time to teach them good dental hygiene habits at home!

Start Early

Developing good dental hygiene habits should start as early as possible! Your child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist should occur by their first birthday or within 6 months of developing their first tooth.

You should also begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they have a tooth to brush! You can clean your baby’s teeth with a small, soft toothbrush and water. Be sure to clean all surfaces of the teeth and gums twice a day.

Continue to assist your child in brushing their teeth until around age six, when they should be able to take over themselves, under your close observation, of course. It is also important to choose the right toothbrush and toothpaste for your child.

Develop Healthy Habits Together

Your child can’t do it alone! Together, you and your family can make better decisions about the health of your teeth and body! Start with these tips:

Eat and Drink Well

The food and drink you and your child consume all affect your teeth and gum health. You should shop for snacks and drinks that aid in keeping your child’s mouth healthy and avoid food and drinks that are high in sugar. Additionally, teach your child to rinse their mouth out with water after eating!

Brush and Floss Daily

Brush twice a day and floss at least once a day for optimal oral health! Be sure to grab some ADA-approved fluoridated toothpaste for your child.

Use Mouthwash

Mouthwash is a great tool to strengthen enamel, fight tooth decay, and prevent bad breath. However, it does come with risks, so children ages six through twelve should be closely supervised with using it.

Protect Their Teeth

If your child plays sports, a mouthguard is an essential item that will protect their teeth and gums from injury. If your child is involved in an accident where they chip a tooth or damage their mouth or gums, make an appointment with your pediatric dentist as soon as possible!

Lead By Example

Children imitate what their parents do, and if you practice good dental hygiene habits, they will, too! Your example may be what leads to them continuing these habits into adulthood. They’ll have you to thank for a healthy, lasting smile!

Get Comfortable With Their Pediatric Dentist

Children often find visiting the dentist to be scary and intimidating, but it is neither of those things! When you adequately prepare your child for what they will experience at the dentist, you can help quell their fears so that they will be comfortable during their exam.

At Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry, we’re dedicated to creating a positive, fun, and relaxing environment where your child can receive their check-up and cleaning, and learn about all the ways to keep their smile healthy. Don’t wait any longer to schedule your child’s dental appointment with us!

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