Dental hygiene is an essential part of a child’s overall health. The month of February is nationally recognized as Children’s Dental Health Month. It’s the perfect time for our dental professionals at Weaver, Reckner, and Reinhart Dental Associates to remind parents of the steps they need to take to ensure their child is getting the best oral care possible throughout all stages of their life.
Proper oral care is important even before your child’s first tooth erupts. A warm washcloth can be used to gently massage your child’s gums. After the first tooth appears, you can bring your child to the dentist. This is an excellent chance for parents or guardians to ask questions and seek advice. When your child is a little older, around age two, a visit may include the opportunity to ‘ride in the dental chair’ and count teeth. This process is a great way to familiarize your child with the office.
Toddler and Pre-School
During this time, be sure to brush your child’s teeth with them so that they get familiar with the proper techniques. Use a soft-bristled children’s toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste for the best results. Positive reinforcement through videos or songs can encourage children to view ‘teeth-brushing time’ as a fun activity. Additionally, maintain regular visits to the dental office for cleanings to make sure there are no issues and to check overall development.
Elementary and Pre-Teen
By this time, your child should have a routine of brushing and flossing twice a day. A fluoride rinse or mouthwash with fluoride can be used to eliminate any bacteria as well. This is also an ideal time to monitor and limit acidic and sugary drinks – sports drinks, fruit juices, and soda contain an unhealthy amount of sugar which can contribute to the breakdown of the tooth enamel resulting in cavities. Eating healthy foods and snacks are also vital to their oral and physical health. Help them to pack some healthy alternatives in their school lunches.
While this can be a tricky age for some parents to keep on top of their child’s oral health, hopefully, the practices and measures instilled throughout their developmental years have stuck with them. Regular dental visits and orthodontic evaluations are a key part of your teenager’s oral health.
At Weaver, Reckner, and Reinhart Dental Associates, we are committed to helping everyone in your family achieve a healthy lifestyle. We encourage you, as parents, to continue practicing appropriate home care with your child and initiate discussions with our dental practitioners at your child’s next oral care visit. Weaver, Reckner, and Reinhart Dental Associates has been proudly serving your community for over 28 years. Our patients travel from all over, including Montgomery and Bucks County areas from Doylestown to Quakertown and Lansdale to Red Hill. You can learn more about our practice and services, including cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and dental implants, by visiting our website or calling 215-486-1649/215-486-1652.