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As your child grows up, it’s important to teach them the tools and lessons they need to have a successful and healthy life, and one of those things is oral hygiene. Oral hygiene is extremely important if you want your child to have the best oral health possible, and you can start teaching your child how to care for their smile once their first primary tooth grows into place. However, each age is different and we have the tips you need to teach your child about oral hygiene when they are a baby, young child, middle-schooler, and teen.

For Babies
Make sure you begin cleaning and caring for your baby’s teeth as soon as they grow into place. Even if your child only has one tooth, it’s important that you brush that tooth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and with children’s fluoride toothpaste. You can also use a brush that is the perfect size for your child’s teeth. This kid-sized toothbrush will give your baby the comfort they need while you clean their smile. Also, look out for spots and stains on your child’s teeth. If you see any, please bring your baby into our office as soon as you can.

For Young Children
Young children tend to think that they can brush and floss their teeth on their own. This may be true, but most children lack the manual dexterity to properly clean their smile. So, it’s important that you let your child brush and floss for a few minutes and then you can take over and finish the job for them. That way, they are learning how to care for their smile themselves and their teeth also get properly cleaned.

For Middle-Schoolers
Make sure your middle-schooler brushes their teeth twice a day, flosses their smile once a day, and rinses their mouth with mouthwash daily. Also, you will have less influence on what your child eats throughout the day, so it’s best to pack plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as whole grain foods in their lunches. It also helps if you set an example for your child when it comes to eating healthier foods and taking care of your smile.

For Teens
Teenagers can be unpredictable when it comes to eating habits and schedules; however, they are still very interested in their appearances. So, to help you promote oral hygiene, simply remind your teen that if they refuse to brush, floss and rinse, they will begin to have yellow, stained teeth as well as stinky breath.

With these tips and your help, your child will grow into a beautiful and healthy smile that will last for years to come! If you would like additional help or if you would like to schedule an appointment, call our office today. We are happy to help you!