Oral Hygiene and Smile Care Tips for Kids

Oral hygiene and smile care are extremely important if you want your child to grow into the strong, healthy, and beautiful smile they deserve. However, some parents don’t understand how to help their child properly care for their teeth and gums. If you could be considered as one of these parents, our Smiles Dental team has some helpful tips for you! To give your child the best oral health possible, we recommend doing the following things:

Properly clean the smile
It’s important that you brush your child’s teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. If your child is under 3 years old, only use a grain-sized amount of toothpaste while brushing. If your child is between the ages of 3 and 6, only use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste while brushing. Once your child has two teeth grown in next to each other, please begin flossing.

Bring your child into our office
Your child’s first visit is essential, which is why we recommend that you bring them into our office six months after their first tooth erupts and no later than their first birthday. During this appointment, the dentist will gently examine your child’s smile, will give you the tips you need, and will answer any questions you have.

Take advantage of fluoride
Fluoride is the key to giving your child the strong and healthy teeth they deserve. Fluoride is a natural mineral that prevents tooth decay and nourishes and strengthens the smile. So, please take advantage of fluoride as much as possible by using fluoride toothpaste when brushing your child’s pearly whites.

Avoid dental issues
Many children suffer from dental issues because of sugary products. We ask that you please take care of your child’s smile by giving them healthy drinks in their bottles and by avoiding dipping the pacifier in sugar or honey.

Call 541.497.7970 today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Dr. Quinn Martin if you would like to know more or if you have any questions about oral hygiene and smile care in Lebanon, Oregon. The more you know, the better off your child’s smile will be!