Now that summer's here, it's a great time to help your child increase their dental health. According to the CDC, about 52% of children who are between the ages of six and eight have experienced having a cavity in their baby teeth. Good dental habits start young, and here are a few tips from a pediatric dentist to help boost your child's dental health this summer.
1. Limit Sweets and Sodas
Many parents provide their children with a bit more flexibility in their schedules during the summer than during the school year. However, it's important that your child doesn't fall into the habit of having a lot of soda and sweet snacks. Present these two items as special treats and not something to be consumed every day. You'll not only protect their teeth, but you'll also help them to instill good eating and nutritional habits. Your dentist can help provide you with a list of teeth-friendly snacks to offer your child as a healthier option.
2. Practice Good Brushing Habits
Summer is an ideal time to practice good brushing habits with your child. Take the time to show them the proper brushing technique. It's also important to take the time to supervise them brushing their teeth twice a day. Many children learn through doing, so having them brush their teeth, as you explain the importance of good oral care, can help them develop proper dental habits. Depending on their age, this could also be an appropriate time to begin introducing flossing and the importance of taking care of their gums. Summertime is a perfect time of year to help your child to develop important daily habits.
3. Visit a Pediatric Dentist
Your child's first dental appointment should occur shortly after their first teeth come in, but no later than their first birthday. By beginning dental care early, your child will be less likely to fear dental visits. Starting them off on the right foot when it comes to dental care will ensure that your child enjoys a lifetime of good dental care.
If you need a pediatric dentist to care for the teeth of your children, we're the practice to call. Our office is friendly and welcoming and we understand that many youngsters are sometimes afraid of dental visits. Schedule your child's appointment today to help them begin a lifetime of good dental habits.