Oral health and hygiene are important for overall health and well-being, and it’s never too early to start teaching children about the importance of taking care of their teeth and gums. Here are four things your pediatric dentists at Richmond Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics recommend you teach your kids about oral health and hygiene today:
Brushing and Flossing
Teaching your kids the proper techniques for brushing and flossing is crucial for maintaining good oral health. Make sure they are using the right toothbrush and toothpaste, and that they are brushing for at least two minutes twice a day. Demonstrate for them the proper brushing and flossing techniques. If you need a refresher, ask our pediatric dental team at Richmond Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics!
Diet and Nutrition
A healthy diet is essential for good oral health. Teach your kids about the importance of eating nutritious foods that are low in sugar and high in calcium and other nutrients that are essential for strong teeth and gums. Encourage them to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and dairy products, and to limit their intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks.
Regular Dental Checkups
Regular dental checkups with Dr. Chopra, Dr. Dahlke, Dr. Eddleton, Dr. Maestrello or Dr. Miller are an important part of maintaining good oral health. Teach your kids the importance of visiting the dentist at least twice a year, and make sure they understand the importance of being honest with their dentist about any dental problems they may be experiencing.
Oral Hygiene Habits
Oral hygiene habits are important to form at an early age. Teach your kids to avoid smoking and limit their alcohol consumption, as well as avoid biting their nails and other habits that can cause damage to the teeth and gums.
Teaching your kids about oral health and hygiene is an important part of helping them maintain good oral health throughout their lives. By teaching them the importance of good oral hygiene, you can help them establish healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
Looking for a place to start? Start by making Richmond Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics your child’s dental home! Visit us at one of our four convenient pediatric dentistry locations around Richmond, Virginia.