When your child has the dexterity and the maturity to brush and floss on their own, they will still depend on your guidance and support. Parents play an important role by modeling good behaviors, and by making sure kids have everything they need to take care of their teeth, but they are not alone in being able to help. During pediatric dental exams at our Rochester, MN dentist’s office, we provide guidance as well as general information about oral hygiene. In doing so, we can help kids both learn to care for their teeth and understand why doing so is important. If you have questions, we can talk to you about how you can continue to support them between their visits.
The Right Guidance Can Help Kids Effectively Protect Their Teeth
Children face risks from oral bacteria just like adults do, but they have to learn how to protect themselves against these microbes and the harm that they can cause. From the beginning, you will have an active role to play in helping them. That starts with directly cleaning their teeth, but when they are old enough, your role transitions to one that emphasizes instruction. In addition to providing them with tools and practice, you also protect them by providing healthy, low-sugar meals and snacks as well as by booking their pediatric dental visits.
Dental Visits Provide Instructions As Well As In-Office Care
The care provided in the course of a child’s dental checkup can focus on more than just in-office care. When our younger patients are nearing an age where they can brush and floss for themselves, we can offer you tips on how to teach them, and we can provide direct support to help them learn. Regular visits also help kids understand the importance of protecting their teeth and gums, and they keep you informed about their development. The early detection of an issue like malocclusion helps ensure that you are prepared to take on an issue. Because we offer a range of services, we can talk to you about what to expect when your child is old enough for treatment and how Invisalign aligners can help them.
Tips For Helping Kids Learn To Brush
There are different actions you can follow at home to help your kids develop good brushing and flossing habits. One is to model your own good behaviors; joining your kids when they brush and floss will let you show them how you carefully clean your teeth. You can also encourage them to be thorough by setting up a timer that informs them of how long they should work at brushing. To make smile care more fun, let them pick a toothbrush that they like (as long as it is properly made to care for their smile effectively).
Your Rochester, MN Dentist Can Help Your Kids Maintain Healthy Smiles!
When the right guidance at home is combined with consistent care at the dentist’s office, kids can enjoy consistent, quality smile care. Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry provides support to patients of all ages. At the time when your child is learning to brush and floss on their own, we can offer helpful guidance to them and offer tips to you on helping them develop the right habits. If you need to set up an appointment or have questions, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN today at (507) 281-3659.