Vancouver Dentist Arbutus North Dental Centre
Oral Health Tips for Kids
At Arbutus North Dental Centre, Dr. Lockhart and her team know that nothing is more important to you than the health and happiness of your kids.
Here are some simple and yet powerful tips to help your kids benefit from great oral health, and help them create habits that will lead to years and years of healthy smiles.
Wipe your baby’s gums to keep them clean and healthy.
Don’t wait until teeth start showing up (between 6 months and 1 year) before you focus on your baby’s oral health. With a new, clean gauze pad, gently wipe your baby’s gums on a regular basis to remove harmful plaque and bacteria. ü Bring your children to Arbutus North Dental Centre by his or her first birthday.
Believe it or not, but tooth decay can start as early as 1 year old.
Plus, Dr. Lockhart and her team can check to ensure that your child’s fluoride needs are being met, and whether thumb sucking or any other habits are harming healthy growth and development.
Avoid toothpaste for children under 2 years old.
While your curious toddler may want to join an older brother or sister in squeezing the toothpaste tube, don’t use any for your child until the age of 2. Instead, just use a little bit of water. After 2, you can use a pea- sized amount of toothpaste.
Some parents believe that flossing isn’t important until all the teeth have emerged. However, as soon as two teeth touch, flossing because a good idea – because it’s in that space where food particles and other debris can collect and lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Of course, make sure that you do the flossing (it’s easier said than done, but trust us, your child will thank you for it…one day!)
Teach your child proper brushing techniques.
When your child is ready to brush his or her teeth (around the age of 6 or 7), teach them proper brushing techniques, which include: using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste (instead of the big glob they see on TV commercials!); using a toothbrush that has soft, rounded bristles; brushing their teeth with circular strokes; making sure to reach all surfaces of the teeth, including those facing inwards; spitting out all toothpaste; rinsing thoroughly afterwards to avoid swallowing any.
Encourage your child to look forward to going to the dentist.
This tip may sound impossible, but at Arbutus North Dental Centre, we can help you make it happen. We’ll take extra-special care of them in our comfortable and fun Vancouver dental clinic – we even have DVDs and CDs to keep them entertained!
Contact us with any questions or concerns regarding your kids’ oral health — we’re always glad to help create another beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime!