Instill these helpful habits in your child’s oral routine early on in life.

Just as you want to protect your child from scrapes, broken bones and illnesses you also want to protect their smiles from decay, gum disease and injury. The best way to do that is to educate parents on healthy dental habits so that they can teach these habits to their children. Our Chapel Hill, NC, pediatric dentists Dr. Annelise Hardin and Dr. Shauna Woody believe in the importance of preventive pediatric care to keep dental problems from happening in the first place.

Here are some habits to adopt to help your child maintain a healthy, problem-free smile,

Brush and floss teeth

Many kids learn by seeing, so the best way to educate your child on brushing is to brush their teeth for them. Most kids can start brushing their own teeth by the age of 10. In the meantime, you can explain how you are cleaning their teeth and show them so that when it comes time for them to do it themselves they will have the knowledge to be able to clean their teeth thoroughly.

Use fluoridated toothpaste

Fluoride is a mineral found in drinking water and in certain toothpastes and can prevent cavities from forming by re-mineralizing tooth enamel; therefore, using fluoridated toothpaste to brush you and your child’s teeth is crucial. Your child’s age will also dictate how much toothpaste to use. During your child’s first dental checkup (at around the age of 1 year old) don’t hesitate to ask our Chapel Hill, NC, children’s dentist about which toothpaste to use and how much is enough to clean your child’s teeth.

Eat a healthy diet

What your child eats can also impact their oral health. If they eat junk foods, processed foods or foods and drinks with a lot of sugar this can greatly increase their chances of cavities. Make sure that your child is getting three balanced meals a day and no more than two healthy snacks (think cheese, fruits and nuts rather than chips or cookies).

Care for teeth together as a family

You can make brushing and flossing a family activity that everyone in the household gets involved in. Not only does this ensure that everyone brushes their teeth twice a day and flosses daily but it also provides some quality time with the family.

Is it time to schedule your child’s first dental checkup? Have questions about keeping your childs teeth clean? Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC, can certainly help answer your questions and provide your child with comprehensive dental care throughout their childhood. Call our office today at (919) 967-2773.