One of the best ways to protect your children’s teeth is to teach them good oral hygiene habits from a young age. And even though the COVID-19 pandemic delayed dental care for many families, consumer Reports It is said that now is the time to get back on track.
Most dental offices are following stringent safety measures so that you can feel comfortable taking your child back to the dentist.
“As with everything with a pandemic, a little apprehension is normal, but it is important to maintain good oral health. Their regular visits are important and you want to take that proper care and maintain that foundation,” says pediatric dentist Dr. Mrinal Parmar says
Cavities are the most common childhood disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that by age 3, 1 in 4 children will have one or more cavities.
That is why it is important that we teach good habits to our children from an early age.
Your child’s first dental visit should happen within the first six months after their first tooth comes out, and no later than their first year of age, and then every six months thereafter.
It is also important for parents to help children maintain healthy habits at home.
“It goes beyond just brushing teeth, it also helps create habits and routines that carry over to other aspects of their lives,” Parmar said. “Brushing twice a day, flossing. Kids are no different from adults. We take care of ourselves, we want to take care of their teeth.”
Help your child as soon as they have teeth, brushing them with fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice twice a day. At age 3, you can start using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste, which helps prevent cavities.
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