As the proud father of four young daughters, I don’t only preach simple sound dental practices to my patients with children and the children themselves — but I have a lot of preaching to do at home, too.
First, practice the Dr. Glosman 4-Step Approach to Healthy Teeth and Gums:
The new airless pump dispensers for children (and adults) make it easier to get toothpaste out of the container eliminating some frustration — and electric toothbrushes for older children and supervised for younger children makes it easier and more fun to brush. Make brushing your teeth fun! Create a dance or jig that can be done while brushing. If they are like my girls, they just might brush longer and actually look forward to brushing their teeth morning and night!
This is the hard one, but so very important. Flossing is vital as it can eliminate particles between teeth that brushing may miss. These particles can lead to tooth decay and unpleasant breath. Try the smaller individual floss sticks that are easier to handle and that don’t have a pick on the end as the pick can poke the face, particularly a face of a young child.
This can help expel particles from flossing and brushing. Look for a mouthwash with flavors that are more appealing to children.
Don’t forget to see the dentist for regular check-ups! There are some great children’s books out there that can help take the mystery out of visiting the dentist and teach kids how to develop good, sound dental habits. For more information please visit arthurglosmandds.com.
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