Children and Dental Hygiene

As most parents know, it can be difficult to get kids to brush their teeth as often and as thoroughly as they should. Flossing might be even more of a challenge, especially if your children are still very young. Fortunately, you can help them develop healthy habits to keep their teeth strong for life.

There are many different kinds of flavored toothpaste and mouthwash designed for kids; your child might need to try several different flavors before settling on one she likes. Some types of mouthwash will temporarily turn tongues and teeth blue – a great incentive to get children to thoroughly brush away the coloring.

Children should brush their teeth for two to three minutes. You can help them time it by putting a timer in the bathroom, or purchasing a brush with a built-in timer. You can also have them brush for the length of a song; most children’s songs are no more than three minutes long.

Children may miss parts of their molars, or forget to brush their tongue – help them create a mental checklist or acronym to remember every part of their mouth. Make sure flossing is included in this checklist.

When children brush their teeth is also important. Brushing right after having sugary or acidic drinks (such as soda, lemonade, or fruit juice) can weaken enamel. Have them wait at least an hour before brushing. Additionally, get them to use a straw to reduce contact between soda and teeth. However, this is only a minor reduction, so it’s best to encourage them to drink more water and less soda.

Your child might be scared of going to the dentist, but let them know proper brushing and flossing habits will make them – and their dentist – all smiles! To schedule a dental visit for your child, call the Pannu Dental Care office closest to you. We have offices located in Cupertino, Dublin, Fremont, and San Jose.

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