dental health

Good dental health starts early.

We all want to keep our families in top condition. Part of that is maintaining good dental health practices.

To that end, here are a few tips to help you stay on top of your family’s dental health.

Start early

Keeping up with your dental health is a lifelong habit. So make sure your children get off to the right start with good habits.

Dental care should begin as soon as a child’s first tooth appears, usually around six months,” Caryn Solie, RDH, president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, tells WebMD. “Teeth can be wiped with a clean, damp cloth or a very soft brush. At about age 2, you can let kids try brushing for themselves — although it’s important to supervise.”

Part of keeping your children on track is to model good behavior.

“Kids like to imitate those around them, so be a good role model and demonstrate good oral health habits for them. Brush and floss with your kids, rather than sending them into the bathroom on their own. Instead of treating it as a chore, make it part of the daily routine,” the Perfect Teeth blog points out.

Consider sealants

WebMD points out that sealants can be a big help when it comes to keeping teeth healthy.

According to the site, “Permanent molars come in around age 6. Thin protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth can prevent decay in the pits and fissures.”

Use proper brushing technique

The Perfect Teeth blog points out that brushing twice a day using proper technique is part of maintaining good dental health.

“Brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes is recommended, yet not always achieved. Set a timer and use a tartar dye if desired to be sure all the teeth surfaces are reached and that brushing has happened long enough to be effective at removing plaque,” according to the blog.

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