The American Dental Association has declared February National Children’s Dental Health Month. While the health of your child’s smile should always be a priority, this is an especially good time to think about how their habits might contribute to their risk for cavities. In their early years, kids can need more guidance on how to practice good oral health. That guidance can come from your dentist, as pediatric dental visits can put an emphasis on education. With that said, there are certainly opportunities you can find on your own time to make sure your child grows up with a healthy mouth.
1. Model Good Habits
One thing you should remember when it comes to showing your child how to care for your teeth is that they can pick up habits – good and bad – by watching you. If you show off a commitment to regular brushing and flossing, and attend regular dental exams, they can see that you believe oral care is something they should be concerned about.
2. Make Sure They Know How To Brush And Floss (And Check In From Time To Time)
Once kids are old enough to brush and floss on their own, you should still check in from time to time. Knowing they are being watched can remind kids that they need to clean their teeth effectively. If you catch them doing an insufficient job, or if they try to avoid brushing and flossing, gently remind them why it is so important to prevent cavities.
3. Paying Attention To Their Diet Is Also Important
Good oral care means good hygiene habits, and access to regular professional dental care. However, it can also call for you to think about how your child’s diet is affecting their cavity risk. Because kids tend to favor sweet, sugary treats, they can be more susceptible to decay. Offering healthy snacks and meals will help you protect their teeth!
Calcagno Cosmetic And Family Dentistry Can Help You Keep Your Child’s Smile In Great Shape
At Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we believe in providing a positive oral health experience for patients of all ages. We can help you make sure your child is receiving the kind of quality care that can keep their smile in great condition. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 281-3659. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and our staff welcome and serve patients from Rochester, MN, as well as Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and all surrounding communities.