3 Ways To Protect Your Child’s Dental Health [BLOG]
At Northwest Dental Group, we love caring for our youngest patients in a fun, friendly environment. Many of our caring staff are parents, too, so we understand that nothing is more important to parents than their child’s health and safety.
That’s why we want to celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month with you and your family!
Today, we’re helping you build healthy smiles for your precious littles with some information about how to keep their teeth and gums safe and strong from the start.
3 Ways To Protect Your Child’s Dental Health!
We’re sharing three ways to protect your child’s dental health at home and in our Rochester, MN practice!
*Monitor Their Dental Development Early*
Even before your child’s first teeth come in, you should begin monitoring their dental development.
In infancy, your child will begin teething, which can be painful for them and frustrating for you. But when you see signs of teething, such as
*Chewing and drooling
…you’ll be able to soothe them through this trying stage. You can give them cold teething toys and dentist-approved topical pain relievers to ease their discomfort, and you can go ahead and introduce them to oral hygiene by using an infant toothbrush to keep their gums and baby teeth clean.
Around their first birthday, you can start bringing them to Northwest Dental Group for routine care, and we even offer free dental exams for children under three-years-old!
*Model Good Dental Habits At Home*
You are your child’s first hero.
For the first several years of their lives, your children will want to do everything you do, which you can use to their advantage by modeling healthy dental habits at home.
If they see you brushing and flossing properly everyday, it’s going to be easier to instill those daily practices in your kids’ lives.
It can be pretty tricky to introduce kids to new, unfamiliar behaviors, but when they’re used to seeing mom and dad taking good care of their teeth, they will jump at the chance to follow your lead!
*Take Advantage Of Preventive Treatments*
Building healthy smiles for your children goes beyond routine dental cleanings and exams.
It’s also about being proactive so their teeth and gums are protected against harmful bacteria that causes tooth decay and cavities.
You can take advantage of our preventive services like fluoride treatments and dental sealants to repair tiny damage on their enamel, block out decay, and give their teeth an added layer of strength and protection.
Schedule Your Child’s Appointment!
One of the most rewarding aspects of our job at Northwest Dental Group is caring for our littlest patients! Our caring staff is great with kids, and we love introducing them to dental care in our fun, kid-friendly practice so they’ll feel confident during appointments from the very beginning!