As an adult you may have set a great many resolutions, for yourself, involving your overall health, or more particularly trying to get in better shape. You might even have specific goals for your smile, this year, as well. For instance, you might want to avoid cavities through proper preventive care, or to schedule professional teeth whitening, so you can enjoy a brighter and more vibrant smile. But what about your kids? Have you thought about what they require, in this coming year, to keep their smiles healthy as well? It’s important to remember that children need dental care, too. Here is how you can help your whole family form great dental habits and maintain healthy smiles, in 2017!
Kids Should Brush and Floss
As soon as your kids are old enough to brush their teeth on their own, they should begin doing so at least twice a day. Even before they have the dexterity to brush properly, on their own, you should help them do so, starting from the time each child’s first tooth is visible.
Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for school-aged children. (Babies’ teeth can actually be brushed with just water, until a pediatric dentist advises otherwise.)
Dental Visits Are Essential, Too!
Just like you, your kids should be visiting the family dentist at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings. That’s because kids are affected by tartar buildup, which can lead to acidic erosion and cavities, if not removed promptly. To make things simple, consider scheduling all your kids’ dental exams and cleanings on the same day, once in January and once at the start of the summer.