At Hover Dental Group, we understand the importance of establishing good oral hygiene habits early in life. Our goal is to partner with you in ensuring your child’s dental health is the best it can be, right from the start. This guide is filled with practical tips and advice to help you navigate the world of children’s oral health, making dental care a fun and engaging part of your child’s daily routine.

Tips for Oral Hygiene in Children

  • Start Early: Begin cleaning your baby’s gums with a soft, damp cloth before their first tooth appears. This helps them get used to the sensation of oral cleaning early on.
  • Choose the Right Tools: Use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush designed for children. Fluoride toothpaste is recommended but use only a rice grain-sized smear for children under three and a pea-sized amount for children aged 3-6.
  • Make Brushing Fun: Turn toothbrushing time into a game. Play a favorite song for two minutes while they brush or create a colorful chart to track their brushing habits.
  • Healthy Eating Habits: Encourage a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and dairy products. Limit sugary snacks and drinks, as these can increase the risk of cavities.
  • Regular Dental Visits: Schedule your child’s first dental visit by their first birthday or when their first tooth appears. Regular checkups every six months help keep their teeth healthy and spot any issues early.
  • Teach by Example: Children learn by watching. Make sure they see you brushing and flossing regularly. This sets a positive example for them to follow.
  • Flossing is Essential: Begin flossing between your child’s teeth as soon as they have two teeth that touch. This helps prevent cavities between the teeth.
  • Dealing with Dental Fears: Help ease any fears your child may have about visiting the dentist. Read books about dental visits and talk positively about your own dental experiences.
  • Protective Dental Sealants: Ask your dentist about sealants. These can provide a protective barrier against decay on your child’s back teeth.
  • Stay Informed: Keep yourself updated on the latest in children’s oral health. Our team is always here to answer your questions and provide guidance.

Our dentist and team are passionate about laying the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles for your child. Reach out to us at 303-684-9777 to book an appointment with Dr. Casey Kochevar for an informative dental visit in Longmont, Colorado, for your child or to discuss any aspect of their oral care. Together, we can ensure your child’s smile stays bright and healthy for years to come!