Teaching your child proper oral care at a young age is a long-term investment in their health. You can start by setting an example. Taking good care of your own teeth sends a message that oral health is important.
Make taking care of their teeth fun for your child, brush your teeth along with them, let them choose their own toothbrush, or make a game of ‘who has cleaner teeth’ while teaching them the right way to brush.
Albany orthodontists Drs. Claudia and Lutz Bachmann encourage parents to teach their kids how to protect their teeth by following these simple steps:
- Brush the teeth properly twice a day, every day.
- Floss daily to remove plaque from between the teeth and under the gum line.
- Eat a well-balanced diet that limits starchy or sugary foods which cause tooth decay.
- Use dental products that contain fluoride.
- Take your child to the orthodontist and / or dentist for regular checkups.
A few common questions that most parents ask about their child’s oral health.
When should children begin flossing?
Flossing removes food particles and plaque between the teeth. You should start flossing your child’s teeth at the age of 4. Most kids start flossing their teeth by themselves at the age of 8.
How important is diet to children’s oral health?
A balanced diet is necessary for your child to develop strong teeth. A balanced diet doesn’t only contain vitamins and minerals but should also include healthy amounts of calcium, phosphorous and fluoride.
What is the right age for my child’s first visit to the orthodontist’s office?
Kids should see an orthodontist once their permanent teeth start coming in, around age 7. At this age, issues such as uneven bite and overcrowding will become apparent. Regular visits to the orthodontist’s office are important after the age of 7.
Good orthodontic care contributes greatly to oral health. Healthy, straight and aligned teeth make it easier to chew food, prevent gum disease and give your child more confidence.
Visit our Auckland orthodontics practice today for your first consultation.