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Pediatric Dentistry Helps Your Kids Develop Healthy Smiles

Are you and your kids finally getting back into the swing of things, now that school has been back in session for a few weeks? It can be hard getting into a normal routine after a carefree summer, but it makes the mornings go much smoother, and less stressful, when everyone has finally adjusted to the new schedule. That said, has regular dental hygiene become a can’t-miss part of that schedule? If not, it’s important to make it a vital aspect of your daily routine. Regular preventive care is essential to maintaining healthy smiles, as a family. Here’s how you can help teach your kids great habits, and how your pediatric dentist can help keep their smiles looking their best.

Start At Home by Making Preventive Care Part of Your Schedule

Preventive care starts with daily brushing and flossing. Most children should brush each morning, after breakfast and before school, as well as each night before going to bed. Flossing should also be completed nightly.

While most school-aged children should be able to brush their teeth on their own, with only your supervision, you may need to help young children floss until they build the dexterity to do so themselves.

Together, these simple steps help to drastically reduce the likelihood of dental problems, by removing food particles and bacteria from the mouth.

If getting your kids to brush their teeth feels like a daily battle, though, try to make it fun for them. You can play a song that actually serves a dual function. It makes preventive care feel a little more like a party, and also helps make sure they’re brushing their teeth long enough. You can also let them pick out their own toothbrushes, so they feel empowered and excited about brushing.

Make Dental Visits Fun, Not Frightening

Regular dental visits are also essential for children and adults alike. Professional cleanings are the only way to remove any plaque buildup that has hardened onto teeth, and removing it promptly helps prevent cavities, gum disease and other dental problems.

Even if you, yourself, struggle with dental anxiety, try not to discuss it in front of your children. Instead help your kids feel comfortable visiting the dentist by speaking positively about why you visit the dentist, and emphasize that the dentist wants to help them keep their smiles healthy and will keep them comfortable during the cleaning.