The American Dental Association, (ADA) has chosen February to be National Children’s Dental Health Month because your child’s oral health is important. Dr. Rashpal Deol, your children’s dentist San Ramon, has some helpful tips on how you can promote excellent dental health at home for your child.
Brush and Floss Consistently
Teaching your child the importance of consistent brushing and flossing is the best way to combat tooth decay and cavities, while creating good habits for the future. Use the 2-2 rule, which reminds them to bush twice per day for at least two minutes. Flossing should take place at least once per day. You’ll have to help your child with proper brushing and flossing techniques until around the age of 6 or 7 years old.
Regular Dental Visits
Did you know you child should be seeing the dentist every six months just like you? Dr. Deol, your dentist in San Ramon, likes to begin seeing children for their first visits around the age of two years old. These first visits are critical for your child to get acclimated to our office and the instruments we use, and we’ll take plenty of time helping them to feel comfortable and at ease. We also encourage parents to bring their little ones along to their own dental checkups so your child can see that the dentist is not scary.
Eat a Healthy and Well Balanced Diet
Eating fruits and vegetables is not only good for your body; it’s also good for your oral health. This is because fruits and veggies actually neutralize the acids that cause tooth decay, while increasing saliva flow to wash away food debris.
This year’s theme for National Children’s Dental Health Month is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile.” this is to help remind you that sugary beverages are not good for your teeth. Help your children remember to reach for water, fruits, and vegetables when it’s snack time.
Lead by Example
Brush and floss your own teeth with your child, or let them watch you. Then discuss with them the importance of doing this. When they see you taking care of your oral health, they’ll want to follow suit.
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