Your children’s biannual visits are essential for optimal dental health but alone they can’t prevent the causes of cavities and gum disease. Austin family dentist Dr. Dale Williams educates his pediatric patients on the importance of home dental hygiene to prevent dental health issues.
Kids are never too young to learn about good dental hygiene. However, getting them to be excited about it can be the challenge. So an effective way to get your child interested in good oral hygiene is to model that good behavior. Make dental care fun and do it with them. Make an event of it by letting them pick out their own toothbrush and brushing together. This approach will make it more interesting and help them embrace this new habit, by showing them instead of telling them.
Your at-home routine should consist of:
- Brushing with a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste after every meal and snack. Brushing helps remove plaque and stimulates gums, which keeps them healthy.
- Flossing once a day.
- Avoiding or limiting harmful substances such as sugary foods and beverages.
Austin based family dentist Dr. Dale Williams understands that getting your kids to floss, brush their teeth every day and choose a dental-friendly diet can be a battle for parents. However, instilling these habits early will create healthier smiles in the end for your kids.
If you are ready to learn more about how to help your kids and family get better dental health habits and hygiene, please contact Cedar Park Premier Dentistry to schedule a consultation with our experienced Austin dentist Dr. Dale Williams.