Beyond The Brushing

With good dental habit and regular cleaning of the teeth and gums, prevention can start at home. As a parent, you have a big shoe to fill in maintaining the oral health of your child. Establishing a good oral hygiene routine with your child is the first step towards achieving healthy teeth and gums throughout their lifetime. Think of it as an investment with life-long dividends. You can start by setting a good example to your kids. Brush your teeth properly and floss regularly too. This way, the child sees "brushing" as something of great value. As a result, children will learn the importance of taking care of their oral health.

In order to make sure your child is protected from oral cavities, here are six basic steps that you can teach them:

  • Brush twice a day
    Brush once in the morning and once at night before bedtime.
  • Use a small and soft brush
    The toothbrush should have a small brush head and gentle filaments.
  • Apply a little toothpaste
    Use the size of the children's little finger nail.
  • Create a habit
    Brush the inside, outside and biting surface in the same order to make sure no side is forgotten.
  • Remember the gum line
    Place the filaments along the teeth and gum line in a 45° angle.
  • Be gentle
    Brush with a slight pressure using small movements.

More than anything else, to make sure your child is focused and participative, always see to it that brushing becomes an interesting task. In other words, make it fun and exciting. Here's how to make brushing time a smoother ride

  • Let your baby play with a toy for distraction.
  • Use a song or a story to create a positive atmosphere around tooth brushing.
  • Change environment and brush in the bed or the sofa.

For more information on how to protect your children from cavities and other threats of oral health conditions, you can call Pro Grace Dentistry or visit us at your most convenient time. You may speak with our dental professionals to discuss about other steps and procedures to guarantee your child's healthier teeth and gums. We offer a wide array of dental services for kids - Sealants and Fluoride Treatment, Dental Braces and Orthodontics including Steps to Combat Dental Cavities. Choose from any of our treatments and help your child achieve the smile that lasts a lifetime!

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