It may not seem like a big deal to take good care of your child’s baby teeth; after all, they’re going to fall out, right? It’s actually very important however, because these little teeth are the guides that help the adult teeth come in. They also aid your child in biting, chewing and learning proper speech. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and Dr. Ed Dooley, your premiere children’s dentist in Spring Lake, NJ has some tips for promoting optimum oral health for your little one.
Learn the 2×2 Rule
The 2×2 rule helps remind parents that children should be brushing two times a day for two minutes. Use a timer to make it fun and also help your child get ample brushing time in. Flossing should also be included at least once per day. This helps to remove plaque and other food particles from in between your child’s teeth.
Using fluoride is a great way to protect your child’s teeth from decay and strengthen their enamel. Use a pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste on their toothbrush when brushing, and be sure that they don’t swallow any of the toothpaste. Antibacterial fluoride mouth rinse is also helpful for older children.
Visit Dooley Dental Regularly
Dr. Dooley wants to see your child twice per year for regular cleanings and examinations. At these appointments he will be checking to make sure that your child’s teeth are healthy and cavity free. Preventative options such as sealants, and early opportunities for orthodontics may be discussed if necessary. Besides keeping your child’s teeth clean and plaque free, regular dental appointments help acclimate your child to the dentist so they will feel comfortable and excited to go to their appointments. This sets them up for a lifetime of good oral health.
Monitor your child’s nutrition
Optimum nutrition and eating healthy foods are so important for growing bodies as well as developing teeth. Foods and drinks that are loaded with sugar are some of the worst enemies for your child’s teeth. Sugar promotes plaque production by fueling the bacteria that live in the mouth. Plaque is what eventually causes decay and damage to teeth. Eating healthy foods and limiting snacks in between meals can help reduce the bacteria, acids, and plaque in your child’s mouth, protecting them from cavities.
These are just a few tips for parents to keep in mind. One of the greatest things parents can do is model good oral health for their children. If your children see you brushing, flossing and attending regular dental appointments, they will model the same behaviors. Dooley Dental is here to help parents promote and maintain good oral health for their children. Our goal is to make your child’s dental experience comfortable and fun. Contact our office today to schedule your child’s check up.