Oral Care Tips for Parents

How to Correctly Brush Your Child’s Teeth!

As the holiday season begins to come to a close, you are probably starting to think about resolutions for 2020. It may be eating healthier or starting a budget, it’s a great time to set these goals. While you are making a list of resolutions for 2020,  the pediatric dentists at Anchorage Pediatric Dentistry want to give you some tips for your children’s dental health beginning with how to correctly brush your child’s teeth!

Stop BAD BRUSHING HABITS in 2020

The job of a parent never ends. There are many things a parent has to take care of every day and the pediatric dentists at Anchorage Pediatric Dentistry encourage parents to make your child’s dental hygiene a priority in 2020 and beyond. By teaching them good habits and teaching them how to correctly brush your child’s teeth while they are young, you can prevent a lot of dental health problems in the future!

Reducing SUGARY DRINKS AND FOODS

Many of us set goals in the new year to eat healthier foods! These changes in our diets often pass onto our children as well. The best way to protect your children’s teeth in 2020 is by providing less sugary drinks and substituting them with water. Drinking more water has shown to prevent oral disease.

Assisting your child with ORAL CARE

Even though as your child grows and becomes more independent and they want to brush their teeth themselves, it is necessary that you supervise their dental hygiene until they reach seven years of age.

Oral-B suggests letting your children brush their teeth themselves at first to establish independence and good practice. Parents must assist children while brushing and flossing to make sure their cleaning was thorough.

FLOSSING AND FLUORIDE

Fluoride toothpaste is designed to strengthen the enamel. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should brush your child’s teeth in the morning and at night before they go to bed.

If you aren’t sure when you should start flossing your child’s teeth, the golden rule is to begin flossing as soon as your child has two or more teeth that touch. As soon as their teeth start making contact with one another, it is easy for food to get caught in between the teeth and may cause bacteria to grow.

For more information and tips on how you can take great care of your children’s oral health, consult the pediatric dentists at Anchorage Pediatric Dentistry for expert care and advice! Call us today at (907)562-1003 to schedule an appointment.

Dr Christy Jen DDS

Dr. Christy Jen received her undergraduate and dental degree from the University of Washington, and completed her pediatric dental training at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She practiced in Michigan and Louisiana while her husband finished his surgery training before finally making Alaska their home.

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