Do you know how to best care for your child’s smile? Interested to find out how brushing and flossing could be made easier?

As a dentist with a passion for working with children and mom of three, I know just how important it is to help them along until they are able to properly care for their teeth and gums. According to the Canadian Dental Association, cavities account for one-third of all day surgeries performed on children between the ages of 1 and 5. 

In this blog, I’ll share some tips to help you provide your child the best oral hygiene routine possible — so they can avoid dental problems and are set up for future smile success!  

Start cleaning your child’s teeth once they emerge. Using a soft-bristled brush, you should brush once in the morning and before bed. We can provide guidance on your technique when you come in to see us at Longworth Dental. We can also advise you on fluoride use. One thing’s for sure … give the molars plenty of attention! Cavities often develop in these teeth because they are ignored. 

I find that when we let young kids brush their own teeth, they don’t brush long enough (two minutes is recommended) and they miss surfaces. My daughter Aria lets me brush her teeth at six-and-a-half years old … because she knows how bad cavities are — and because she enjoys it!

When it comes to flossing, you should …

  1. Get your child to sit on a counter or lay them on a bed. This makes it much easier to access the teeth.

  2. Have them tilt their head back when flossing the upper teeth. Then you can get a good look at those cavity-prone molars.

  3. Tilt their head down, so they are at eye level with you, when flossing their lower teeth.

  4. Use floss sticks or picks. It can be more challenging to use string floss. 

The mornings and evenings you spend with your child to help them care for their smile make for a great bonding experience and reinforces healthy oral hygiene habits! Once you’re done, let them watch you brush and floss your teeth. This will show them how important it is to keep it up!  

Have questions about your child’s oral care? As your dentist in Courtice, I encourage you to give us a call and ask away! I look forward to being a valuable resource to you and your family.