Be honest—even you’ve skipped a night or two of flossing or “good” brushing. Dental hygiene begins at a young age, well before those baby teeth fall out. Your children learn how to take care of their teeth from you. Make sure you model good dental hygiene and help your little ones take care of their pearly whites to help them avoid things like dental implants.
Your dentist can recommend the best toothbrush for children. Brush with your children every morning and night, cleaning the inside and outside of the mouth and angling the brush under the gums.
Act! mouthwash is the leading brand recommended by dentists. It’s alcohol-free and comes in a variety of flavors for children. This fluoride rinse is especially helpful if you live in an area where fluoride isn’t added to tap water.
Flossing is often the least favorite dental hygiene activity, but it’s essential. If your children struggle with traditional floss, try the disposable picks that can make reaching to back teeth easier.
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If you’re interested in learning more about how to improve children’s dental hygiene and prevent problems, consider one of these books. It’s much easier to prevent cavities and periodontal disease than to treat painful issues.
- Behold! No Cavities, Sarah Willson. This Spongebob adventure is the perfect pick for fans of the show.
- Brush Your Teeth Please, Leslie McGuire. This fun pop-up book shoes a variety of animals brushing their teeth.
- Dentist First Time, Jessica Stockham. If your little one is getting ready for a first-time dentist visit, this is the perfect preparation.
- Going to the Dentist: A Picture Social Skills Story Book, Cindy Bailey. Real pictures of real kids show what a dentist sees (and what to expect).
- The Tooth Book, Theo Lesieg. You can’t lose with classic Dr. Seuss.