How can I help my child develop good oral health habits?
There are a couple of different ways you can help ensure your child develops good oral health habits that can last a lifetime.
The first is to make dental hygiene fun. Kids love to mimic what their parents do, so brush and floss together. You might want to invest in a special toothbrush or toothpaste that makes the experience more enjoyable for children. Because proper toothbrushing should last a full two minutes, invest in a timer for kids. An old-fashioned sand timer is a fun option because children enjoy watching the sand move through the hourglass.
The second way to help develop good oral health habits is through regular visits to the dentist. These should start at an early age—usually be your child’s first birthday or when those first teeth begin to erupt. It’s important to bring kids in regularly from a young age; studies have shown that kids who go to the dentist regularly are more likely to become adults who continue to take good care of their oral health.
Our Palos Heights pediatric dental team loves treating kids, from their first appointment with us to meeting their pediatric orthodontics needs when they are a bit older. Call us today to make an appointment!