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By Rochester Dental
December 07, 2016
Category: Dental Hygiene
Tags: Oral Care   Habits  

As a parent, you teach your children many important lessons on a daily basis. One very important such lesson is instilling strong oral hygiene habits at an early age. These habits will benefit your child for the rest of their life and build a foundation of the gold standard for caring for their teeth. Learn more about teaching your child's good oral hygiene habits with Dr. William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey at Rochester Dental in Troy, MI.

What oral hygiene habits should my child have? 
A strong oral hygiene routine does not need anything more than a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Though many people choose electric brushes, a manual brush will get the job done just as well, as long as it is used correctly. Your child should brush twice daily for at least two minutes, using back-and-forth motions on the fronts and backs of every tooth. Your child should also floss at least once a day to remove plaque and bacteria from between the teeth. Flossing, though often overlooked, is crucial to an oral care routine since it reaches the areas of the teeth a toothbrush cannot.

How can I make my child more interested in dental health? 
Children are often stubborn and set in their ways, which means instilling a healthy oral care routine may be difficult. To make them enjoy their oral healthcare routine and continue their interest in it, try to make brushing fun by singing songs, using singing toothbrushes, or inventing a game to pep up the oral care experience. Additionally, committing to seeing their dentist at an early age can help children feel comfortable at their regular dental examinations and cleanings, helping to quell any fears or anxiety over seeing the dentist.

Pediatric Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Troy, MI
Children should see their dentist by the time their first tooth erupts or by the time they turn one, whichever comes first. Most children get by with seeing their dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and check-ups, though some may need to come in more or less often, depending on their needs. Cleanings and examinations are a huge part of your child’s oral health, as they keep the teeth clean and healthy, preventing issues like decay or gum disease.

For more information on your child and their teeth, please contact Dr. Carmody and Dr. Halsey at Rochester Dental in Troy, MI. Call (248) 528-0700 to schedule your child’s appointment with your dentist today!