Cosmetic & General Dentistry

Tips to Improve Your Child’s Dental Habits

Tips Improve Child Dental Habits

A lot of people assume that maintaining children’s dental health is not as important due to the fact that they end up losing a lot of their baby teeth in their early years. This couldn’t be farther from the truth, however, as developing good dental habits from an early age sets the precedent for how they’ll treat their teeth later on in life.  

Bad oral health can consequently lead to problems such as cavities, root canals, gum disease and more. No parent wants their young one dealing with these types of issues as they are painful, uncomfortable and a detriment to their overall confidence. Here at Weston Dental Office, we have come up with some tips on how to help improve your child’s dental habits so they can go through their pre-teens, teens and adult years with healthy & strong teeth/gums. 

Begin Teaching Them Early On 

It is never too early to start teaching your kids the ins and outs of properly taking care of your teeth. The moment your baby’s teeth begin to come in should be the time you begin brushing them. Taking them to the dentist (yes, even before their first birthday!) can be a great way to ensure their teeth are healthy in their early years. 

Brushing More Effectively 

Setting a great example is probably one of the most important ways to encourage your child to do the same. Bring your little one along to brush their teeth with you, and show them how you brush and how long you brush. Two minutes is the amount of time you should both be brushing, and by the time they reach around seven years old (on average) is usually the time you can begin letting them brush on your own. Until then, monitoring their actions after teaching them is important so as to avoid any swallowing hazards or other mistakes. 

Make Sure the Flouride Amount is Safe! 

One of the best parts of teaching your kid how to brush their teeth is taking them to the store to pick out their favourite toothpaste! Even though this is an exciting endeavour, you want to be on the lookout for toothpastes that exceed a certain level of fluoride. Children up to the age of three should only be given toothpaste with a fluoride level of 1000ppm, whilst children after this age can be allowed to buy toothpaste with a fluoride count of 1350-1500ppm.  

Be Aware of What They’re Drinking 

Let’s be real: what kid doesn’t have a sweet tooth? Most times, the cravings for sugar start early, which means that dental issues bubble at the surface in a lot of kids at an early age. To avoid this damage to their teeth, try to stray away from giving them drinks that contain a lot of sugar (this includes processed juices and pop). Instead, opt for low sugar options such as water or milk. Sugary drinks are great as a treat once in a while, but always be careful with just how much of these beverages they’re having daily/weekly.  

Let a Professional Dental Office Help 

Like we have mentioned previously, one of the best ways to maintain a child’s optimal oral health is by making sure they begin to visit a dental office early on, periodically. If you are in need of a dental clinic that is reliable, hard-working and highly professional, look no further than our services at Weston Dental Office. When you enter our clinic, we do everything in our power to ensure that you are feeling your most comfortable so you can walk out with healthy, shiny looking teeth. To learn more about our general dentistry in Toronto, be sure to call our front desk at 416-247-1928 today! 

Comments are closed here.

Book your appointment

Book now and get a free consultation

Call Us 416-247-1928