Good dental hygiene is learned at a young age.
Adults are in the habit of brushing their teeth before bed because that’s what they were taught to do when they were children. It wasn’t an option, nor a suggestion. As a kid, learning how to properly care for your teeth leaves little question about its importance. Who knows, your child might even find it downright fun to take care of their teeth!
“Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain.”
Most baby teeth start to erupt at about six months of age. When you see Tooth #1 start to pop out, that’s when it’s time for the first Dental Eugene Oregon visit. If teeth are taking a little longer to come in, still take your child in to the dentist before their first birthday.
Cavities can occur that early in life, so it’s important to start cleaning and prevention as early as possible. In between office visits for the rest of childhood, you can teach your child some easy, yet important, habits that will help them keep their teeth healthy for life:
1. Caring is not sharing.
2. Drinking water.
3. 2 minutes + 2 times per day brushing.
4. Help prevent tooth decay.
5. Encourage regular cups.
Instead of sippy cups, try to get your child to drink out of a regular cup by their first birthday.
Last, but certainly not least, teach your kids that good dental care is fun, not a chore! Turn it into a game, sing a song, dance around, or give a listen to our brushing playlist for their (and your) enjoyment!