Teaching Dental Hygiene at Home
As a parent, you’ve got a lot on your plate when it comes to teaching your child. In addition to teaching them numbers, letters, and shapes – you’ve also got to make sure they know how to take care of themselves! To help make your job a little easier, the Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry team recommends the following tips.
Three tips for better dental hygiene at home.
Get familiar with fluoride
The number one job of fluoride is to prevent cavities by strengthening enamel. Fluoride is a mineral that is found throughout natural elements, as well as in our bones and teeth. Most communities add fluoride to their water supply. Fluoride is also added to toothpastes and mouth rinses to enhance enamel protection.
Choose the best toothpaste
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), children under three years of age should brush twice a day using a “smear” of fluoridated toothpaste. After the age of three, the ADA recommends children brush with a pea-sized portion. When you’re shopping for the best toothpaste for your children, keep an eye out for these recommendations:
- Kid’s Crest Cavity Protection Sparkle Fun Toothpaste
- Colgate Children’s 2-in-1 Toothpaste
- Tom’s of Maine, Natural Anti-Cavity Toothpaste for Children
- Aquafresh Bubble Mint Toothpaste
Know when to use mouthwash
Mouthwash is designed to freshen breath and strengthen tooth enamel if it includes fluoride. It is not safe for children under six years old to use mouthwash because they are more likely to swallow it. Children between six and 12 years old should be closely supervised by a parent when using mouthwash. If your child or teen is interested in using mouthwash, it’s important to stress that the use of a mouth rinse does not replace the need for brushing and flossing each day.
Learn the tips that Charlotte Pediatric Dentist David Moore recommends you implement to keep your child’s smile healthy.