oral hygieneMost babies get their first teeth around six months of age and continue to get their baby teeth for the next few years. Although these teeth are not their permanent teeth, good oral hygiene and practices should start as early as possible.

Visit a Dentist for regular checkups

You should visit the dentist when your child develops their first teeth. This is important to prevent cavities. Although most children don’t have all their teeth at one year of age, seeing a dentist early can help parents and children learn good oral practices. You dentist will help you determine the right schedule for dental checkups and visits.

At ages 7-8 the American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial orthodontic exam to check for developing issues that affect bite and smile.

Brush teeth daily

Parents should clean or brush children’s teeth as soon as the first teeth begin to appear through the gums. For babies, you can use a washcloth with water to clean the gums and teeth twice a day. As more teeth develop, you should brush the teeth using a child-size toothbrush and toothpaste designed for children at least twice a day.

Eat Healthy Meals

Sugary foods can contribute to cavities and tooth decay. Limiting the amount of sugar children and encouraging children to eat healthy meals will help build good habits.

Use Sealants.

Sealants can be applied to teeth and are a small resin coating that prevents food and bacteria from residing in the grooves of teeth. They can be a great way to prevent tooth decay and cavities.

These are some great strategies and ways to encourage good oral hygiene in you kids. Starting these practices early will help them develop healthy habits for the remainder of their lives.