As parents, much like everything else, ensuring the oral health of our children is so important. From the moment those first baby teeth appear, it’s essential to establish good oral hygiene habits that will last a lifetime! At Frankel Dentistry, we understand the importance of early dental care in setting the stage for healthy smiles. We are here to help by sharing expert tips and advice to help you navigate your child’s oral hygiene journey with confidence.

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  1. Start Early: Even before your child’s first tooth emerges, it’s crucial to begin oral hygiene practices. Use a soft, damp cloth to gently wipe your baby’s gums after feedings to remove bacteria and prevent plaque buildup.
  2. Introducing the Toothbrush: As soon as that first tooth erupts, it’s time to introduce a toothbrush! Choose a soft-bristled brush designed specifically for infants and use a tiny smear of toothpaste.
  3. Lead by Example: Children learn by example! So make sure they see you practicing good oral hygiene habits. Brush and floss your teeth together as a family to reinforce the importance of dental care.
  4. Make it Fun: Turn brushing and flossing into a fun activity rather than a chore. Let your child choose their toothbrush and toothpaste flavor, and play their favorite song while they brush to make it an enjoyable experience.
  5. Monitor Brushing Technique: Until around age six, children will need help brushing their teeth effectively. Supervise their brushing technique, ensuring they reach all surfaces of their teeth and brush for at least two minutes each time.
  6. Limit Sugary Treats: Sugary snacks and drinks can contribute to tooth decay. Dental caries are the #1 most chronic disease in children. Encourage healthy eating habits by limiting sugary treats and opting for tooth-friendly snacks like fruits, vegetables, and cheese.
  7. Regular Dental Checkups: Schedule your child’s first dental appointment by their first birthday or when their first tooth erupts! Regular dental checkups are essential for monitoring their oral development and catching any issues early on. At Frankel Dentistry we love teaching our young patients the importance of healthy habits and regular dental visits!
  8. Emphasize the Importance: We only see your child twice a year, so we need help emphasizing the importance! Help your child understand why oral hygiene is essential for their health. Teach them about the importance of brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly to keep their smile bright and healthy.

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