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Early Lessons in Dental Care Lead to a Lifetime of Good Health

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Teaching your child to care for his or her baby teeth is an important lesson. Not only do you teach your child about responsibility and routine dental care, but you also are helping your child care for their long-term total health. The state of one’s oral health has been proven to be closely linked to a vast array of chronic diseases. Cavity prevention and efforts to reduce gum disease can protect your child against poor health conditions throughout life. You can begin teaching your child about proper dental care before their first tooth emerges.

While everyone knows that taking care of adult teeth includes once-daily flossing, twice-daily brushing, and daily swishes with mouthwash, what many people don’t realize is that these same dental care habits can be important for children as well, with some modifications.

Brushing Twice a Day – It’s no secret that brushing is essential to good dental care. It is the cornerstone of healthy teeth and gums, which is why you should start familiarizing your child with the habit well before the first tooth emerges. You can begin cleaning your baby’s gums with a soft cloth or piece of gauze following feeding to help your baby acclimate to the sensations of dental care. As your child’s teeth begin to emerge, wrap your finger with a soft cloth and emulate brushing their teeth and gums. Around the time your child has four fully emerged teeth, you can teach them how to use a toothbrush. Be certain to choose a soft-bristled toothbrush designed especially for children. Most family dentistry experts agree that only plain water is necessary for the first four or five years. Talk to an affordable dentist in Westminster about when your child should begin to use toothpaste.

Flossing Once a Day – To help your child become familiar with the sensations associated with dental floss, begin flossing as soon as your child has two teeth that have emerged side by side. Flossing promotes strong teeth and gum health by freeing bacteria and debris that gets caught where a toothbrush can’t reach. Areas between the teeth are where most people are susceptible to cavities and damage to surrounding tissue, making flossing an important habit to instill in your children. When flossing your child’s teeth, use a flossing stick or pick. You will find this makes the whole process easier for you and your child. As your child grows and acquires more teeth, you can make the transition to flossing with string floss.

Rinsing with Mouthwash – Mouthwash can be important for young children. Look for brands that are specially formulated for young children. Mouthwash aids in the removal of the bacteria that cause bad breath, making it another important dental care habit for your children to learn.

Knowing the basics of brushing and flossing and the importance of routine visits to an affordable dentist can give your child the gift of lifelong health. Instilling good dental care habits will ensure that your child has a happy, healthy beautiful smile for a lifetime.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Westminster, call Dental One Associates of Westminster today at (410) 970-0292 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Westminster. With 11 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Westminster, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Westminster.

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