• September 1, 2017

As a busy parent, it can be all-too-easy to want to save time and let your children skip essential parts of their daily routine. Maybe you’re rushing to get them to school and didn’t check to see if they brushed their teeth. Or perhaps you’re exhausted and simply can’t wait to get your toddler to bed for the night so you tell yourself you’ll brush their teeth in the morning.

Unfortunately, it’s things like that, that can create bad habits. Of course, no one is perfect, but when you start to make a habit out of skipping certain tasks, it can have a long-term, damaging effect on your child’s oral health.

Proper dental hygiene and oral health for kids are just the start of the many concerns Dr. Angela Harrell with Brandon Family Dental in Ortonville, MI has. As a child’s dentist, she strongly believes when it comes to your child’s oral health, the earlier you teach them good habits, and stick to them, the better.

What’s So Important About Healthy Teeth Anyway?

Sure, as an adult you’re likely concerned about teeth discoloration or cavities. But do you really have to worry that much about your kids’ teeth when they still have a mouth full of baby teeth? Yes, you absolutely do!

Brushing your child’s teeth regularly helps prevent plaque, which is essentially bacteria in your mouth that sticks to your teeth. If you don’t brush that plaque off, the bacteria can begin to eat away at the tooth enamel, causing cavities. That bacteria can also potentially cause gingivitis, which is a disease in the gums.

Teaching Your Kids Healthy Habits For Oral Health

As soon as your child’s first tooth comes in, you’ll want to start practicing healthy habits. We suggest helping your little one brush their teeth twice a day or as needed after lunch or a sweet treat.

While brushing, be sure to stress the importance of brushing all of their teeth, not just the teeth in the front. You may benefit from talking to pediatric dentist Dr. Harrell about the best way to brush your little one’s teeth without doing any damage to their gums. You’ll likely want to use a toothbrush with soft bristles, and she may suggest you add mouthwash to your family’s oral health regimen.

To make the habit more enjoyable, it may help to play a song so your little one knows how long they’re supposed to brush and are entertained while doing so.

When you think your child is ready, you can also teach them the importance of flossing and how to do it properly. Try to floss once a day to get them used to how it feels. To maintain good oral health, it’s important to floss to get rid of food and plaque the toothbrush may miss.

Child’s First Dentist Appointment

One of the most important parts of proper oral health is regular dental appointments. It’s usually recommended that you start bringing your children in for teeth cleanings by the time they turn two years old, so they can become comfortable with visiting the dentist.

When you bring your child in for their first dental appointment, they can enjoy a movie in the waiting room until their name is called. When they’re called back, a member of our team will take digital X-rays and thoroughly clean their teeth. Then both you and your child will have the chance to talk to Dr. Harrell about maintaining their oral health and any concerns you may have.

A Pediatric Dentist For Your Family In Ortonville, MI

Everyone at Brandon Family Dental loves children and wants to help provide your child with the best dental care in the area. Dr. Harrell and our staff will take the time to get to know your child while providing them with the dental care they need to maintain optimal health.

The Brandon Family Dental office is an environment where your child can feel safe, welcomed, and well taken care of. You just may be surprised by how much your little one actually likes going to the dentist!

To find out more about pediatric dentistry or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Harrell, call us now at (248) 469-0218.