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Oral Health Education

 

Lancaster Pediatric Dentistry is dedicated to helping your son or daughter develop good oral health habits. By starting early and becoming educated on nutrition, oral health, and home dental hygiene, you can help ensure that your child has a happy and healthy smile for their entire life.

Oral Health: Creating a Good Foundation

Developing good oral health routines is one of the best things you can do for your child. If your son or daughter has a regular routine that they can stick to, then the process becomes second nature to them. Once it becomes second nature to them, your youngster will hopefully carry those good habits with them for their entire lives. Here are just a few things you can do to help create a good foundation for oral health with your kid:

  • Make a set schedule: have your child brush their teeth once in the morning and once at night at the same time every night.
  • Create a reward system: for every day, week, or month that your child remembers to brush their teeth at every scheduled time, offer them a small reward or incentive to keep up the good behavior.
  • Show your child the proper techniques: if it is necessary, take the time to show your kid how to properly brush and floss their teeth, and then have them demonstrate what you’ve just taught them back to you.

Home Dental Hygiene: Tips and Tricks

After setting up a great foundation of oral health for your child, you can begin to implement various tips and tricks in home dental hygiene to help their oral health become even better. Here are a few things you may want to consider for your child’s home dental hygiene:

  • Use an electric toothbrush: studies have shown that powered toothbrushes with a back-and-forth rotation motion tend to be more effective than other toothbrushes.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste: fluoride is an excellent way to help build the strength of your child’s teeth.
  • Be thorough: ensure that your child not only focuses on taking care of their teeth, but their gums, tongue, and cheeks as well.

Nutrition: What to Avoid

In terms of nutrition, there are certain foods and drinks that can cause tooth decay and cavities when consumed in high quantities. As a result, you’ll want to help your son or daughter avoid these foods and drinks that are highly acidic or high in carbohydrates. This includes, but is not limited to, the following items:

  • Sodas and juices.
  • Candy, potato chips, and other “junk” food.
  • Lemons, tomatoes, and other acidic food.

Tooth enamel can be eroded down by consuming too much of these foods and beverages which can lead to increased sensitivity and pain. It can also become the root cause for more serious problems like nerve damage or infection.

Plan an Appointment

As you can see, oral health, home dental hygiene, and nutrition are all important educational topics to consider on behalf of your child. Lancaster Pediatric Dentistry is available to answer any questions you may have about oral health. You can contact us to schedule an appointment today. Regular check-ups and appointments are just one of the many ways you can help your son or daughter have good oral health.