Top Oral Health Tips for Dental Hygiene Month

October is Dental Hygiene Month, and in observance Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry is offering tips to help keep your child’s smile healthy.

Oral Hygiene Tips for Your Kids

As your kids grow older, it may seem overwhelming to keep up with their dental hygiene. However, maintaining your child’s healthy smile is important – and Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry can make it easy for you with oral hygiene tips.

Brushing twice daily

Children should be brushing their teeth for two minutes, twice a day – in the morning and before bed. Monitor your child’s brushing technique to make sure they are reaching all of their teeth and cleaning them effectively.

Flossing frequently

Once your child has two teeth that are touching, you should be helping them floss to reach food particles that a toothbrush cannot. Flossing is an important step in cavity prevention.

Don’t forget about fluoride

After the age of two, your child should be using a fluoridated toothpaste to help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay. Most communities add fluoride to their water, however, if your community does not or your children drink strictly bottled water, fluoride supplements can be prescribed for children ages 6 months to 16 years.

Make regular pediatric dentist appointments

One of the most important ways to maintain your child’s healthy teeth and gums is to bring them in to Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry for routine dental exams. Our doctors will ensure that your children have clean, healthy teeth and monitor their mouth for any tooth decay or future orthodontic issues.

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