What are some tips for caring for my child's teeth?
Giving your kids a great start on oral health sets the stage for building healthy habits that will serve them well throughout their entire lives.
Some of the ways you can help care for your children’s teeth when they are still young include:
- Bring them in regularly for check-ups. This helps to normalize the dentist so your child doesn’t develop fear.
- Make brushing their teeth a habit, as essential as washing their hair.
- Use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste to brush their teeth. Assist them with this task until they are old enough to manage it themselves (usually about age eight).
- Even after they have the dexterity to brush independently, supervise them occasionally to make sure that they are still using good technique. Kids will be kids, after all!
- Provide a healthy diet filled with calcium-rich foods such as dairy and vegetables like kale, spinach, and broccoli.
- Discuss your child’s water habits with Dr. Burgdorf. If they are drinking bottled or filtered water, they may not be getting enough fluoride, which could lead to cavity-prone enamel.