3 Ways You Can Encourage Your Child to Develop Good Habits
Did you know that February is National Children's Dental Health Month?
Your child's oral health is very important, and your kids' dentist in Pflugerville wants to honor this celebration of your child with some helpful tips on how to help them develop good oral habits.
Brush and Floss Consistently
It may not seem like such a big deal to take great care of baby teeth when they're only going to fall out; however, they have some very important jobs to do!
- Holding space for and guiding the adult teeth that will be coming around the age of six years old
- Helping your child learn to speak
- Helping your child learn to navigate solid foods
You'll need to start brushing your child's teeth as soon as they arrive, and you'll need to help them with brushing and flossing until around the age of eight years old. Leading by example is also a great way to teach good oral habits. When your child sees you brushing and flossing your teeth, they'll want to learn more and follow suit.
Eat a Healthy and Balanced Diet
The theme for this year's National Children's Dental Health Month is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile," reminding us that sugary drinks aren't good for our teeth. Choosing water most of the time promotes good oral health and overall health and well-being.
Did you know that eating more fruits and vegetables is also good for your oral health? It's true! Fruits and veggies actually neutralize the acids in your mouth that cause tooth decay, and they also increase saliva flow, which helps wash away excess food particles and bacteria. When it's time for a snack, be sure to reach for the fruits and vegetables.
Regular Dental Checkups in Marble Falls & Pflugerville
Your child should be seeing the dentist every six months, just like you do. At Bright Smiles Family Dentistry, we like to begin seeing children after their first teeth arrive or around the age of one. You'll find that our office is very child-friendly because our goal is to create great dental experiences that set your child up for successful future visits.
Give us a call today to schedule your child's next visit!