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.
Advice From A Children's Dentist in Bridgeton, MO
- 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.