How to Help Children Develop Good Oral Hygiene Habits

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Cheerful girl with a toothbrush and toothpaste looks into the camera in yellow backgroundA good oral hygiene routine is not only needed to prevent cavities and gum disease. Many studies have shown a strong link between oral health and the prevention of other health conditions in the body, including heart disease, certain types of cancers, and other systemic issues.

To help your children build oral hygiene habits, it is important to start early so they will carry the routine forward throughout life. This can begin as soon as their first tooth appears.

In the beginning, the main goal will be a demonstration of the routine and gentle cleaning of the teeth and mouth. As your child grows, you can use fluoride-free toothpaste on a small, soft-bristled toothbrush.

There are many unique flavors of children's toothpaste and fun toothbrush designs that can make brushing more enjoyable.

Another good way to help them develop their hygiene skills is to make the experience enjoyable. Many games can be used to build the encouragement and desire for your child to try brushing themselves.

As your child tries to brush themselves, supervising, supporting, and helping with missed areas of the mouth will also help increase their skills. Another good way to help build your child's skills is to demonstrate a good routine for yourself in front of them.

Setting good examples with sugary drinks and foods will help prevent oral issues from developing in the first place. Although many of your child's first teeth will fall out and be replaced naturally, an excellent oral hygiene routine will help maintain healthy gums and develop habits as they age.

Regular dental visits with your child can also help ensure their teeth grow healthy and any dental concerns can be treated before they worsen. Dr. Evola and the team at Forestream Dental in Depew, NY, can help with pediatric dentistry. Call the office at 716-656-8686 or visit to schedule a pediatric exam.