- February 16, 2017
Your family’s health is important to you, and it’s important to everyone at our dentist office in Ortonville, MI, too.
Pediatric dentistry is a big part of what we do as a family practice. Since February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, we thought this would be a good time to offer some tips for parents and kids.
Brandon Family Dental wants you to keep your mouth free from tooth decay, gum disease, and more serious oral health issues. Developing good oral health habits, including regular dental visits, will help.
Call 248-469-0218 if you have any questions about oral health or if you would like to schedule a dental cleaning.
▶︎ Start Dental Care On Day One
You can and should make oral care a part of your children’s lives starting on the day they are born, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Before you baby’s first tooth erupts, you can wipe his or her gums with a moist cloth. After the first tooth emerges, you can begin brushing his or her teeth as well.
You should use a rice-sized squeeze of toothpaste and a small toothbrush. When two teeth erupt beside one another, you can begin flossing your baby’s teeth as well. Gently slide the floss between your child’s teeth as needed.
You should continue doing this until your child is old enough to brush and floss his or her own teeth.
▶︎ Be An Example Of Good Oral Health
Usually around age 3 or shortly thereafter, many children will want to show their independence. One way they may do this is by showing you that they can brush and floss on their own.
You always want to model good oral health habits, but this is a particularly important time since your children are learning to brush and floss. You can help them by brushing and flossing at the same time so they can see what they should be doing.
Remember the American Dental Association’s suggestions.
First, everyone should have a soft-bristled toothbrush appropriate for their size. You should replace your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months.
Second, use toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen the enamel of your teeth.
Third, brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. (There are several apps available for smartphones designed that encourage brushing for two minutes.)
Fourth, floss daily. Cleaning between your teeth and below your gumline is important since your toothbrush is not as effective at cleaning these spaces.
▶︎ Drink Tap Water
This is the theme of this year’s National Children’s Dental Health Month. This is important for a couple reasons.
Drinking water is better for your oral health than sugary soft drinks and sports drinks. Many communities offer fluoridated tap water, which has been proven to reduce tooth decay.
By drinking water more often, you will be making it easier to keep your mouth as healthy as it can be.
▶︎ Visit The Dentist Regularly
At Brandon Family Dental, we want everyone in and around Ortonville, MI, to make regular dental care a lifelong routine. A good start is visiting the dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and exams.
As we noted earlier, pediatric dentistry is an essential part of what we do. We know your child’s first official dental visit is important. That’s why want your son or daughter feel special on that day.
In addition to taking X-rays, examining his or her mouth, and cleaning his or her teeth, we will be building a relationship with your son or daughter. We hope to see your family a couple times each year so we can monitor changes as they get older and to prevent minor problems from becoming big ones.
Also keep in mind that your visits to our office are an opportunity to ask questions about nutrition, the right way to brush and floss, or any other oral health concern you may have.
Just call 248-469-0218 to schedule your child’s first or next dental cleaning.
We Are Here To Help Your Family
The staff at our dentist office in Ortonville, MI, knows that you have a lot to do as a parent. Between running your kids to school and to practices and other events, you already have a lot on your plate.
We want to support you by being the place you can count on for all your dental care needs. Our pediatric services are just one part of what we can do for every member of your family.
To schedule your next appointment, call Brandon Family Dental at 248-469-0218.