Healthy Dental Habits Start at a Young Age!

Dental Tips

Only take care of the teeth you want to keep! Good oral health as an adult begins when you are a child. Help your child keep healthy teeth and a beautiful smile for a lifetime by following the tips below:

  • Take your child to a pediatric dentist by the child's first birthday or when the first teeth arrive, whichever comes first.

  • Begin helping your child floss by the time their last two molars come together, which usually happens when children are 2 1/2 to 3 years of age.

  • Don't let children brush their own teeth until around the ages of 7 to 9 — or until they're able to tie their shoes or cut their meat on their plates.

  • Curb thumb-sucking by approximately age 5 to prevent developmental abnormalities.

  • Don't allow young children to carry around sippy cups containing anything but water.

  • Limit sweetened drinks, soft drinks, and cut down on sugary snacks between meals. Avoid sticky and sour treats. Unhealthy Ph levels found in sour candies, and even fruit snacks, will eat away at the tooth enamel.

  • It takes two to three minutes to thoroughly brush your teeth. Place a simple timer in the bathroom so they can gauge how long they are brushing.

  • Visually inspect your children’s teeth often. Watch for baby teeth that may be erupting and look for tartar and plaque buildup. Also look for inflamed gums, poor alignment, and brown or white spots on the teeth that may indicate a cavity.

  • For more information visit the American Academy of Pediatric website