A Parent's Guide to Children's Oral Health

We want only the best for our children, and good oral health should be at the top of the list. Believe it or not, tooth decay has become the most common chronic disease in children. In order to set up your child for life without dentures, here’s our Parent’s Guide to Children's Oral Health to kick-start good habits from day one.

Life Stages

  • Babies - Begin as soon as your little one is home from the hospital. Wash your hands and wrap a piece of gauze around your finger, dampen it with water, and move it over your baby’s top and lower gums. Do this after each feeding and spit up.


  • Toddlers and Preschoolers - Most children are ready for a dental visit at the age of 2 or 3. These early visits are vital to kick-starting preventative care that keeps oral diseases at bay. If your family is without health insurance, ask your dentist about our Membership Savings Plans. Children under 5 participate for free with a participating adult member. This includes exams, X-rays, professional cleanings, and fluoride.


  • Elementary Children - At this stage, children should be brushing twice a day, rinsing, and using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Watch your children brush if they are under 6 years of age and help them until they have mastered good brushing habits.


  • Teens - As your child’s schedule gets busy, brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and limiting intake of sugary drinks and snacks becomes vital for maintaining good, life-long oral health habits. Ask about mouthguards during this time as well as braces if your teen’s teeth are out of alignment.


Establish a Home Dental Routine

Establishing a home dental routine is just as important as visiting the dentist’s office. Be sure your little ones have set a time for brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Do your kids hate brushing time? Find ways to make dental health fun. Give them a sticker each time they brush and place it on a calendar!

Good Nutrition

Eating habits are essential when it comes to oral health, especially for children. Does your child love candy, but also fruits? Encourage their love for healthier food items and use sweets as a reward for good dental practices. Also, add tooth-healthy foods to your family’s diet, such as carrots, cheese, and fibrous veggies.

Be an Oral Health Role Model

Most importantly, establish good oral health habits in your child by establishing them in yourself. Set aside times when you can brush with your children and achieve good oral health. Make it a morning and evening event for the family. Not only will you be teaching healthy habits, but you will be making family memories, too.

Keep up these oral health habits and your little ones will be set for life with a healthy smile. Are you looking for more oral health info and tips? Click here to visit our main blog page. If you would like to make an appointment for you or your child, find your location and give us a call today! 


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