They say parenting is the hardest job you’ll ever love. But for new parents, the hard part is the sheer volume of new information to process, and frankly, it can be overwhelming. So it’s understandable that with the daily pressures around diapers, bedtime, meals, and tantrums, oral health care may take a backseat.
This is why the team at All Smiles Orthodontics and Children’s Dentistry is on a mission to give your kids’ teeth the healthiest start possible. And to help all those overworked, sleep-deprived parents in Corona, CA, we’ve distilled it down to four tips that help parents get started.
Tip 1 – Start Early and Create Positivity towards Dentist Visits
Though it may sound strange to start your child’s tooth care before they have teeth, their gums may still be susceptible to build-up, and it’s a good idea to acclimate them to people accessing their mouth. In addition, the more positively you approach dentistry at this age, the more likely you will develop good habits and attitudes toward teeth care.
As their first tooth erupts, we recommend gently cleaning it and their gums with a soft infant washcloth or gauze pad and water. We encourage you to discuss with our team what products, like infant toothpaste, should be used and why or why not.
Tip 2 – Replace Your Child’s Toothbrush Frequently
When your child is old enough to spit on their own, you’ll be able to use fluoride-enriched toothpaste and help them use their toothbrush independently. However, you must still monitor their brushing to ensure good technique and duration.
But one thing many parents don’t realize is that toothbrushes wear out quickly. So you should replace your and your child’s toothbrush every two to three months or when the bristles look visibly worn.
Tip 3 – Explore Tooth Care as a Family Activity
For parents with several children, especially young ones close in age, helping them brush and floss regularly is incredibly challenging – like herding cats. If this describes your family, one strategy is establishing a family bathroom where everyone can brush and floss together.
With a little creativity, you can make oral health care a fun family activity, and as a result, your dental health may improve.
Tip 4 – Learn What Threats to Avoid
In many cases, best practices are not only about what to do but what to minimize. This holds especially for your children’s teeth. Discuss with our team what foods and beverages are worst for teeth and how to mitigate those adverse effects. We are always ready to answer your questions.
Healthy Dental Habits for Kids in Corona, CA
Every child is a treasure for their parents, grandparents, and their family as a whole. Let the All Smiles team help you keep their teeth healthy through childhood and for life. We encourage you to give us a call to learn more.