Parents’ Role in Child’s Dental Health

Parents’ Role in Child’s Dental Health

Parents can have a powerfully positive affect on their childrenís dental health. A well-rounded diet that includes plenty of fruits and veggies and limits sweets, good dental hygiene and regular visits to our Los Angeles pediatric dentist can provide your child with a strong foundation so that he or she can enjoy a lifetime of good dental health.

Limiting sugar intake is one of the best ways to protect your child's teeth. Children who drink large volumes of juice, sodas, energy drinks or flavored milks are at an increased risk of developing tooth decay or gum disease. Your child's snacks should be limited to healthy options, and water or low-fat milk should be the beverage of choice.

Children should brush after meals or at least twice a day. Supervision is necessary until good brushing habits are established, and fluoride toothpaste is recommended for children over two. Flossing once daily removes plaque and bacteria from along the gumline and between teeth. Children with limited dexterity may benefit from using special flossing tools or floss picks, which can make it easier for them to floss properly.

Regular dental checkups should begin when your child gets his or her first tooth or by the first birthday. Your child can get to know our dentist and feel more comfortable receiving dental care, and dental checkups can become just another way your child stays healthy. A biannual cleaning and checkup gives us an opportunity to check for cavities or other dental health issues that can be most easily corrected when caught early.

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