Caring for your child’s smile

It’s never too early to teach your children healthy habits — especially when it comes to their smiles! This helps set the foundation for a lifetime of healthy dental habits and saves you the stress of getting cavities filled. (No one likes that.)

Here are some tips for keeping your child’s smile bright and healthy!

Start early
Dental care should begin even before your child’s first tooth emerges. Clean your baby’s gums with a soft cloth after feeding to remove bacteria and prevent plaque buildup. Once the first tooth appears, usually around six months, start using a small, soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean it.

Establish a routine
Consistency is key when it comes to dental care. Set a routine for brushing and flossing, ideally after breakfast and before bedtime. Make it a fun activity by brushing together as a family or playing their favorite song to brush along to.

Use the right tools
Ensure your child is using age-appropriate toothbrushes and toothpaste. For young children, choose a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles. Encourage proper brushing techniques, including gentle circular motions to clean all surfaces of the teeth.

Watch their diet
What your child eats and drinks can significantly impact their dental health. Limit sugary snacks and drinks as they can contribute to tooth decay. Encourage drinking water throughout the day, especially after consuming sugary or acidic foods, to help rinse away food particles and protect tooth enamel.

Schedule regular dental checkups
Regular visits to the dentist are essential for maintaining your child’s oral health. Schedule their first dental appointment around their first birthday, or as soon as their first tooth erupts.

If it’s been a while since your child has visited the dentist, call Jackson Dental at (573) 243-5200 or visit us at 3100 E on Jackson Blvd to book an appointment.