Brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing between the teeth are two very important steps to your daily oral health regimen to make sure you are achieving a healthy smile. Yes, of course this seems like a no brainer but they take a little more effort which is why these two steps are the most skipped in a daily routine even by adults. February is national children’s dental health month, so lets set good examples and get the whole family started on positive habits! Here is what you need to know:
Fluoride is very beneficial to your enamel and can start reversing early signs of tooth decay! Fluoride works by strengthening our tooth enamel and making our teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria and sugars we consume from our food and beverages. We consume small amounts of fluoride from our water but even that isn’t enough to make our enamel strong and healthy. The American Dental Association recommends using fluoride on everyone in the family including our littlest family members as soon as their first teeth erupt. As soon as teeth erupts it is recommended you use a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice) on your child’s toothbrush. When your child grows older and learns to spit you want to increase the size of your fluoride toothpaste to a pea size.
One of the most common questions parents have when it comes to their child’s oral health is how early do you start flossing? The answer is as early as possible! Its important parents start implementing positive flossing habits early on so children are more likely to continue those habits as they get older. As parents no one else knows your child best but you. When you feel its age appropriate to introduce flossing, go for it! The best way to start is having your child watch you floss daily. Most of the time they will want to start copying you! If your child wants to brush and floss independently let them but make sure you check their teeth after to make sure they get all the plaque off. Its recommended you start flossing your child’s teeth with disposable flossers before moving up to traditional floss.
Join us this month and encourage your family to start these positive oral hygiene habits! Make sure to stay up to date with your six month cleaning and check up appointments, call us at 480-882-1151 to schedule!