How’d Your Kids’ Last Dental Checkup Go?

Was your children’s last dental appointment a seeming disaster? Were they diagnosed with several cavities, gingivitis, or other oral health problems? If so, you might be a bit embarrassed or even frustrated, at first. After all, as a parent you take great care and responsibility in helping to keep your kids healthy. It is hard not to take it personally, when your kids struggle with dental problems. Fortunately, armed with a bit of knowledge, you can help make sure your next kids’ checkup goes more swimmingly, by following through with some key preventive care in between those important pediatric dental checkups!

Could More Be Done At-Home to Protect Their Teeth?

Many kids are diligent about brushing their teeth each day, but not all are doing so using proper technique, and still fewer are flossing after they brush, which is equally important as a preventive care step.

To help make sure your kids are developing good dental hygiene habits, watch them as they brush their teeth, and ensure they are using the proper motions, the right amount of toothpaste, and that they are brushing for two minutes, as dentists recommend.

When it comes to flossing, many parents aren’t sure, themselves, how to implore proper technique. Fortunately, there are many helpful videos online demonstrating proper flossing technique. Why not watch one as a family, and then follow up with practice of your own?z

Don’t Forget About Those Dental Appointments

Feeding your kids healthy foods, and making sure they drink water can help protect their teeth as well. But these are not substitutes for routine dental appointments with their pediatric dentist. Most kids need to visit the dentist twice a year to protect their oral health, and to help prevent the need for restorative or emergency dentistry, as much as possible.

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