Practicing good dental hygiene is an important part of your child’s overall health.

Until your little one can properly brush on their own, assist and teach them how to clean all sides of their teeth.

Once they’re old enough to take on the task, purchase soft bristle toothbrushes and ADA approved toothpastes. Remind children to brush at least twice a day. (Yes, they will try cheating, so check for a wet brush and sink.) Also, don’t forget to teach them how to floss.
Schedule an appointment with your dentist every six months for regular check-ups. Your dentist may recommend children’s mouthwash, sealant and/or fluoride treatments if your child is at risk for cavities.

To reduce cavities, help your child avoid excessive sugar. Candy and gum are easy to recognize, but don’t forget about culprits like fruit juices and chocolate milk. (Don’t feel too bad if your little one ends up with a cavity, as tooth bacteria is partially due to heredity.)

By starting early and reminding them frequently about the importance of healthy dental hygiene, your child will end up with a lifelong beautiful smile.